Brooches, Seedpods and Other Natural Occurrences

I’ve been having fun collecting seedpods, fruit stones and flower detritus over the past several months. My favourite find was a lotus pod discovered in a splendid local flower shop, but I’ve also spent many long hours hunting around on my bush walks, rummaging under the skirts of trees and generally upsetting the neighbourhood with my thievery. (One neighbour glared and shook his head meaningfully. This was supposed to be a reprimand. Ha.)

 

Aside from obsessively being arranged in dry seedpod bouquets and possibly standing in as imaginary potion ingredients, these beautiful natural architectures are cropping up in some of my latest designs.

 

As anyone who has spent even a passing moment looking at my designs knows, forest finds are some of my favourite design inspirations. Fungi, nests, crystals, cell systems, bugs and broken wings feature heavily, as do seedpods, flowers and interesting bits of lichen.

 

As a kid, I endlessly collected feathers, rocks, nuts and bolts from the trees and bushes around my school, or my brother’s sport wherevers.  I don’t think I’ll ever lose my magpie tendency to pick up every pretty thing I see. As an artist, that’s probably a good thing.

 

I’ve just completed the below brooch, which I’m a bit in love with. Can you guess which inspirational reference I used? ;p – Danni 🙂

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