6 June - 20 July 2024


About the artwork

Canopy, 2023
powdercoated brass/sterling silver, linen, hemp, cotton, wool, silk, stainless steel, acrylic/enamel paint, textile paint/ink

This contemporary jewellery installation, Canopy, is the artist’s response to the illegal poisoning of large trees, an issue that contributes to accelerating temperatures in urban areas.

The installation is a collection of contemporary jewellery brooches of different sizes made using trough knots and overhand knots.

About Vicki Mason

Vicki Mason is a jeweller, teacher and artist interested in unpacking our relationships with plants. She uses plants as symbols/motifs to tell stories about life in Australia today, while also building knowledge and awareness about nature.

About Tree Vandalism

‘Tree vandalism’ is a term used by local government to describe an increasing trend of trees being damaged, poisoned, or killed. This illegal vandalism is becoming more common across Australia. The clearing of land for agriculture and development often involves the removal of large canopy trees to expose harbour views and increase property value at the expense of the environment.

Urban trees are crucial for health, well-being, and climate resilience. Reports of tree vandalism are rising across Sydney, with over 1000 incidents in 2023 alone.

We need stronger support from government to investigate and prosecute tree vandals and to properly value our urban canopy. Help push for change by signing this petition urging the NSW State Government to implement stricter penalties for tree vandalism and recognise council trees on asset registers.

Events

Knotted Floral Brooch Workshop

Create a unique floral inspired brooch with artist Vicki Mason.  Learn how to hand knot a pile of threads into perforated plastic canvas. Plan your design looking at colour palettes and fibre lengths. You will also learn how to sew in a pre-fabricated brooch pin.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.  No prior jewellery making experience is necessary. Participants should bring a small pair of sharp scissors and glasses or a magnifying glass (if required) for close and detailed work. 

There will be a break for lunch so please bring your lunch with you or there are plenty of options nearby.

Where: Australian Design Centre  
When: Friday 7 June, 10am – 3:30pm
Bookings: $85. Book here

Image top: Vicki Mason, Canopy, 2023. Photo: Henry Trumble. Courtesy of Craft Victoria.