'Blackheart Sassafras' brooch

Regular price $420.00 Sale

A beautiful example of Marian's recent work, in which she relegates the silver casting she's most known for to the back of the brooch, while letting the natural material shine at the front.

Tasmanian blackheart sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum), heat coloured silver, steel pin, 8.7cm diameter.

Tasmanian blackheart sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum) is an evergreen tree native to cool, temperate southern Australian rainforests. First described by French naturalist Jacques Labillardière in 1806, it was named for the unusual dark streaks that often run through the golden-grey wood. These streaks are the hallmark feature of this unique and beautiful wood.

For over 40 years, Marian Hosking has interpreted the Australian landscape through silver jewellery and vessel work. Her practice focuses upon the embodiment of the personal meaning of place and landscape in intimate objects, with work characterised by research into the history, languages and processes of jewellery and silversmithing. In particular, Hosking explores the potential for the miniature to act as a ‘souvenir’ or paradigm for such ideas.