Welcome the second My Country Blog Hop. The idea behind the blog hop is for each participant to choose a place they are familiar with and make a piece of art inspired by that place.
Last year I shared a pair of earrings inspired by Australian Aboriginal artworks, this year I thought I’d create something to reflect my home state, South Australia.
Did you know…?
- Although most of Australia was settled by convicts, South Australia was the only colony to be authorized by an act of the British Parliament and mandated to be completely free of convicts.
- The Letters Patent issued by the British Parliament included a guarantee of the rights of Aboriginal Natives, and their descendants, to their traditional lands (very progressive for the times!).
- South Australia is the home of many prominent wine regions. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek and Padthaway just to name a few.
At first I thought I would create something inspired by the wineries surrounding our little cottage. A five-minute drive in any direction and you will find vineyards galore here in the Adelaide Hills. But, after sifting throughout my bead stash I found I ended up making a necklace inspired by something even closer to home.
This lovely plant is called a Callistemon or Bottlebrush and is native to Australia. The interesting thing about the Bottlebrush is that the seed pods are designed to dry out and burst open in a bushfire, releasing the seeds to grow in the scorched earth after the fire has passed.
Here is my interpretation of the Bottlebrush seed pods, made with green glass pearls and hand dyed silk ribbon.
Thank you for stopping by and for letting me share a little bit of South Australian history and flora. Please visit Nan’s blog for a list of all the other participants.