Vicki Mason | Stanley Street Gallery

Vicki Mason

Artist Statement

Making jewellery fulfils a need I have to create objects that hold special meanings. These objects can potentially provoke in the wearer and viewer a need for a response or interaction of some kind. A dialogue is opened up – jewellery then acts as a portable tool for the communication of ideas.

My work references my passion for plants as subject. I’m interested in notions of place, belonging and the life cycle and I use plants as metaphors to represent these ideas. Plants native to Australia, exotic plants, plant forms found in the fine and decorative arts and plants used in gardens are just some sources referenced and researched. Botanical motifs have a long history within jewellery’s imagery so are a rich source for reinterpretation and investigation

I combine flexible pedestrian plastics (upholstery and stationery remnants), textile processes and materials alongside metal and metal techniques to create a cross media/material discourse that works across traditional classifications of what jewellery and textiles should be.



2007 – 2011      Australian National University, Master of Philosophy (Research) Gold and Silversmithing, Canberra, Australia

2006     Box Hill Institute, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Melbourne, Australia

1993 – 1995    Otago Polytechnic, Diploma in Craft Design, (Major: Jewellery) Dunedin, New Zealand

1989 – 1992   University of Otago, Bachelor of Arts, (Major: Classical Studies) Dunedin, New Zealand


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS Most recent achievements

Solo Exhibitions

2013       Vignettes from a suburban front yard, Craft, Melbourne, Australia

2011        Botanical Fictions, e.g.etal, Melbourne, Australia

2007        Offshoot, JamFactory, Adelaide, Australia

2003       Pacific Specific, Quoil, Wellington, New Zealand

2002       Pacific Specific, Object Galleries, Sydney, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2014     4th Buda Contemporary Textile Award and Exhibition 2014 Awards, Castlemaine, Australia

2013     Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Artisans in the gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia

Beyond precious... beyond the oceans, Helene Aziza Gallery, Paris, France

2012   mmmmm...., Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong (touring to Sydney 2013)

Once more with love, Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia (touring 2012 - 2013)       

The Waterhouse Natural History Prize, Finalist, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, Australia

Diamond Jubilee, Association of Contemporary Jewellery, Birmingham School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UK (touring UK 2012)

SOFA: New York, USA, represented by Charon Kransen Arts

2011   VnX: Filigree to Flora, BILK, Canberra, Australia

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Artisan, Brisbane, Queensland (touring Australia 2011 – 2013)

SOFA: New York and Chicago, USA, represented by Charon Kransen Arts

2010  Signs of Change, FORM, Perth, Australia

Transmutations: Material Reborn, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, USA

SOFA: New York and Chicago, USA, represented by Charon Kransen Arts

2009    Bravura, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

 Contemporary Wearables ’09, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia

SOFA: New York and Chicago, USA, represented by Charon Kransen Arts




2014   Australian Tapestry Workshop, Artist in Residence, Melbourne, Australia

2012    City of Melbourne, Project Grant, Melbourne, Australia

2010    Arts Victoria, Artists in Schools, Grant, Melbourne Girls College, Melbourne, Australia

2009    Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition, 2009 Award, First Prize, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

2006     National Contemporary Jewellery Award, First prize: Jewellery using non precious materials, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia

2005     Australia Council for the Arts, VACB, New work grant

2004    Arts Victoria, International Program – Cultural Exchange. Towards ‘North and South’ exhibition involving Australian/UK artists at Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK



2013     The Age newspaper, 22nd June 2013 -   2onn7.html

2011      Art Jewelry Today 3, Jeffery B. Snyder, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2011

2010     Craft Arts International, Softer Options, Issue 79, 2010, p 47 - 50



2014   National Gallery of Victoria, Masterclass as part of Melbourne Now

2011- 2013  TAFTA, The Australian Forum for Textile Arts, Geelong Forum, conference workshop tutor, Geelong, Australia and Contextart Forum, Blue Mountains, Australia

2009 ongoing  Swinburne University of Technology, TAFE, Sessional tutor, Diploma Costume for Performance, Melbourne, Australia

2006 – 2007   Box Hill Tafe, Sessional tutor, Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Jewellery

2002 ongoing   Centre for Adult Education (CAE), Part-time jewellery teacher, adult education program,

Melbourne, Australia



Absolut Vodka Commission, ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, International Anniversary Advertising Campaign, 2001, Sydney, Australia



Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia

 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW, Australia

 Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

 Absolut Vodka Art Collection, Sweden