Kirsten Muenster Jewelry
Small Banksia Cuff Bracelet - Yellow Bronze
7/8" H x 2 1/4" inner diameter
This striking cuff bracelet is bold yet delicate due to its intricately carved open and organic structure. The form was inspired by the Australian Banksia Pod, hand carved in wax and then cast in yellow bronze. My work distills and reinterprets nature’s diverse patterns, textures, forms and imperfections.
In regions prone to fire, many plants and trees evolve some remarkable adaptions which ensure the survival of their species. One such adaption includes the ability to harness the heat and smoke of fires to help disperse their seeds. The Banksia are reliant on both fire and water, as the follicles only split open to release the seeds after they are burned by fire and then soaked by the rains that follow. These clustered openings, or seed chambers, are visually captivating and inspired a number of pieces in my Dispersion collection.