Marian Hosking – Fragments of the Landscape

Worn Gum Brooch, 2017. Blackened Silver
“I am not so interested in a pictorial space, but rather in capturing a slice or
fragment of a larger whole to trigger a memory in the viewer of a larger
vista or place.”
Marian Hosking via Docplayer
 

I think of Marian Hosking as both a jeweller and master recorder of the native plant and landscape material of Australia. Rather than pressing flowers and leaves into dusty books or copying them as sketches into some leather-bound journal she’s spent 40 years recreating their unique beauty in silver, wood and other materials.

Growing up in the bush and near the beach with her conservationist mother and metallurgist father you might say that Hosking was destined for the life she’s led. She knew in high school that she wanted to study gold and silversmithing and in 1969 graduated from RMIT (Master of Arts) before travelling to Europe where she continued her studies in the jewellers’ mecca of Pforzheim, Germany. Four years later she would return to the town of Wagga Wagga in Australia to teach at the university there. And in 1975, on returning to Melbourne she opened her own studio.  Some 5 years after that she would became a director and founding member of Workshop 3000 located in the heart of the city, a place where jewellers could rent studio space and collaborate. 4 years later and with the birth of her 2nd child she would return to her solo studio.

Her contributions to craft in Australia were recognized in 2007 when the Australian Design Centre named her a ‘Living Treasure of Australia, Master of Australian Craft’.  And as if that wasn’t good enough she obtained a PhD at Monash University in 2009 where she was a Senior Lecturer in the Art, Design and Architecture department there until 2014.

Soooo, if you ever find yourself in Melbourne (and I hope you do one day) you’ll find this maker’s work represented at Gallery Funaki. Failing that there’s always her profile on Instagram here…when she decides to post something 😉

Gum Caps Brooch
Wrap Rings (Ongoing Edition). Sterling Silver and Blackened Sterling Silver
Detail: Gum Twig Chain
Wattle Bud Necklace, 2009. Blackened Silver
Weathered Wood, 2017. Wood, Paint, Silver
Coralline, 2015. Blackened Silver

Per Suntum

It takes 9 pages to cover the schooling, awards, grants and exhibitions on Danish Per Suntum’s website which translates into a highly skilled maker, who graduated from the Hans Hansen Silversmithy with a silver medal in 1965. Subtle, minimal and well crafted, Suntum says…

‘The basis for my work with jewellery is the singular moment,
where man meets material and
purpose stirs the soul
into expression’.

So if you’re into brooches, prepare to have your soul stirred.

belleblanche brooch 2007 silver
Belle Blanche. Brooch, 2007. Silver

calm luna brooch, 2010 silver, fine silver
Calm Luna. Brooch, 2010, Silver, Fine Silver

Savannah brooch 2013 shibuichi, 18kt gold, 18kt palladium-white gold
Savannah. Brooch, 2013. Shibuichi, 18kt Gold, 18kt Palladium-White Gold

closeup savannah
Closeup – Savannah Brooch

dive #2 brooch, 2005 silver, niello, enamel
Dive #2. Brooch, 2005. Silver, Niello, Enamel

interplay #4 brooch, 2011. Isolith, 18kt gold, silver
Interplay #4. Brooch, 2011. Isolith, 18kt Gold, Silver

pinfungi brooch 2005 silver, niello
Pinfungi. Brooch 2005. Silver, Niello

sea flower brooch 2005 silver
Sea Flower. Brooch, 2005. Silver

thisearth - this jewel brooch 2010 24kt gold, diamond cone
This Earth – This Jewel. Brooch, 2010. 24kt Gold, Diamond Cone