Albizia lebbeck is indigenous to Australia but not uniquely so... being found in quite a large number of locations outside this Continent. I found the forms satisfying to work with - as you will note some are more dried out and motley tones. The greener ones had a stark outline that reminded one almost of a caricature of a pod.
Some of the volunteer guides, Garden staff and others further afield are hearing that I am on the lookout for interesting seed pods and capsules over this year and keen to collect stories on various species of seeds and plants with samples where possible.
This has led to quite an number of people kindly coming forward... for which I am very grateful. Tapping in to so much available material is extremely beneficial and the anecdotal information can add greatly to available documentation. This year there will be a number of gatherings for discussions on seeds and stories - the first is planned for the 5th of June which is World Environment Day. A flyer and details will be available next week about this event you are invited to attend if you are able to get to Mt Coot-tha on that day. I will be taking bookings - although it will be a free event - to ensure we have plans firmly in place for a lively gathering.
With appreciation to those who have shared material for this project to date!
Below: For the Embiggen gallery show I made cards using artwork from the Homage journal. So much work is to be found in the pages of one's journals that never ends up on the Gallery walls and the exhibition provided the perfect opportunity to offer the cards. The store carries an intoxicating range of books from the broad realm of the Sciences and quality Art and Design titles as well as more general titles and literature.
Journal pages showing work from the seed lab and notes from research were ideal in this context. I will continue to sell these cards at events this year - you're welcome to place a request through this blog. ( schedule permitting for turnaround time-frame!)