AGAINST NATURE: HONEYSUCKLE
The pieces in Against Nature are both object and jewel. Life-size, these 18k gold sculptures immortalize the increasingly threatened flowers found in hedgerows and verges, in the margins between the wild and the cultivated.
Liminal in their status – for many they are seen as weeds – these plants are often overlooked. Seeking to redress this balance, each flower is hand-rendered in gold sheet and wire; celebrating them, drawing attention to their sculptural qualities. But Midas’s touch also traps them in a moment, they are unchanging; they become at once both natural and un-natural.
For millennia, flowers have been used to adorn humankind, Against Nature seeks to reciprocate this simple action. Each piece comes apart to be earrings, a brooch or pendant. The wearer, as in nature, can pluck the flower head from the stem and put it in their ear, or button hole. A simple ritual but one which goes to the essence of jewellery.
PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDREW STEEL