Metrosideros robusta is the latin name for the Northern rata.
I see parallels in my approach to jewellery and the growth of the
rata tree. These trees start life as an epiphyte in the branches of
another tree. As it grows the epiphyte rata sends roots down to the
ground. It eventually replaces the host tree when it dies.
More than ten years ago I began using conventional jewellery pieces
as a grounding material in my work. Like the epiphyte rata I added
my attachment in gold or silver, nestling in or on a ring and also
growing over entire pieces of jewellery. Most of my recent rings do
not include any ready-made pieces, they are entirely replaced by my
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