Banksia is a genus of about 75 species in the Protea family
(Proteaceae). The first Banksia serrata was named by Sir Joseph
Banks whilst travelling with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour.
My attraction to the Banksia stems from the strong architectural
lines of the branches and foliage, the shape and distinguishing
markings along the edge of the leaves and in particular the
structure of the flower. The challenge to recreate these unusual
flowers in their different stages of development was the motivation
to produce these images.
Hessian was chosen as a background because it suggested the
texture of the dried flowers around the nuts. I believe the
rough earthy surface of the hessian compliments the flowers
as they lose their brilliance, become course, dull and hairy
with exposed seed capsules emerging from the central cone.