Vicki Mason ✿ Wattle it be?

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31 August 2021

Vicki Mason, Wattle it be, 2021, Powdercoated brass, linen, cotton, silk, fabric paint

Vicki Mason has created a reversible necklace that activates the bounty of wattle blossom enjoyed across the world in sprinter (late winter, early spring).

Every plant has a story to tell and as I dive deeper into learning about the wattle species, I’m reminded of the Albert Einstein quote, “The more I learn the more I realise how much I don’t know”.

Vicki Mason, Wattle it be, 2021, Powdercoated brass, linen, cotton, silk, fabric paint

This necklace is charged with a call to consider planting wattles in our gardens. Wattles come in a huge range of forms, from groundcovers to shrubs and trees of all sizes. Many can be grown in pots, they are fast-growing and are drought resistant. The common wattle names listed in this necklace are just a handful drawn from the nearly 1,000 species found in Australia that gardening experts recommend. Many provide food and habitat for wildlife as well as food for us, while others have intoxicating fragrances. The Cinnamon wattle has novel show-stopping red flowers while others have beautiful or interesting foliage like the Sticky and Waterfall wattles.

Vicki Mason, Wattle it be, 2021, Powdercoated brass, linen, cotton, silk, fabric paint

Names of the wattles are stitched into the inner lining:

  • Moon Sticky and Cinnamon are known for their fragrance
  • Fan, Streaked, Prickly are recommended as good for habitat
  • Sticky and Waterfall for their foliage
  • Cinnamon, Streaked, Golden and Zig Zag the experts say have lovely flowers
  • Coastal and Golden wattle are recommended as sources of food for the garden.

You can find related works in Wattle Park.

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