I’m back in my studio, and have planted the garden with vegetables and fruit in pots to tempt and inspire me, as they crawl along the footpath and driveway, over fences and offer up their daily pickings. the shapes intrigue me, their interactions form conversations with each other and the animals that live among them. Entwining their lives with mine, I am intrigued that these plants have followed humans around for millennium, thriving on our ash and waste, while feeding us. In monoculture, we miss this dynamic, and it seems like missing the point of our place in time, space and collective memory.
This was an unexpectedly delightful event at The Pocket community garden in Woollongabba. We were screenprinting onto recycled shirts and repurposing shirts into bags at the festive launch of Sally Dillon’s campaign for Coorparoo. This event at The Pocket community garden Woollongabba was a creative gathering of artists, gourmet pizza cooking, heart felt speeches and local musicians of all ages. The community garden setting with its inviting garden beds, planting and potting, community composting hub and table tennis table is an inspired example of a local community working together for positive change.
Sally, a penny farthing rider has placed discussion, creativity, fun and community connection with all ages at the centre of her campaign, and this event had a feeling of celebration.
Sally Dillon Greens campaign The Pocket Woollongabba
Screenprinting and potting plants Sally Dillon Greens campaign.
An artist in residence at Barcaldine as overt of the Small Schools program. The students had been working with Jenny Mace, a local botanical illustrator. My workshops were to make copper tiles and clay tiles for the entrance way to the school.
The students from prep to grade 6 began with observational drawings, and developed their designs from the patterns they observed in the plant shapes and structures.
Finishing touches for Archaeology exhibition at Logan Art Gallery with FS Hellfisch. I can hardly believe how swiftly the time passed we first discussed the idea of our Archaeology to the reality of the exhibition.
Opens 6.30pm. Logan Art Gallery Cnr. Wembley Road & Jacaranda Avenue, Logan Central Qld 4114.
Nancy Brown sculptural porcelain scrolls, mosaic pieces.
My year began at Woodford Folk Festival running workshops in the Children’s Festival, where children can roam and discover a festival designed just for them. This year there was a beautiful permaculture area complete with wisdom from Costa Georgiadis in his red felted pixie hat. There was a mist fountain for staying cool, and we had our own performance by the popular Formidable Vegetable band.
My amazing team: Louise, Georgia, Alison and Alistair helped the children print hundreds of bags and banners, paint and print fans, and make badges. The children cut their own stencils to print over my design for 2018-19. My background was a permaculture garden, with peanuts, beans, onions, carrots, passion fruit, musings and music. This was happenstance, because the edible paradise theme infused the festival philosophy this year. Thanks To Becky Wandell and all the volunteers who organise such an amazing event for kids each year.
Lets make 2019 renewable, creative and happy!
Hand decorated fan Woodford Children’s Festival 2018 19
Screenprint stencil design Woodford Children’s Festival
My current project is about Arrival stories. Arriving in a new country leaving friends and families behind, The need to understand a new language and oriient a new culture and place. The stories are unfurling stories from lives of change and upheaval. Stories about having to be brave- children travelling without family,children escaping terror
The students in the project are learning English,and the project is funded by Arts Queensland. We began at Logan Art Gallery, making small books and then printing images from them ont T shirts. Our plan is to wear them to the project opening at Logan Gallery in October.
It’s strange how a technique that reigned supreme since the Bronze Age has fallen so deeply out of practice. I’ve been exploring ideas with plaster of Paris and pigments combining fresco painting with pigment printing and carving. I’m now working towards an exhibition titled Archaeology at Logan Art Gallery with the work of extraordinary FS Helfisch.
Some ideas from a weekend session exploring fresco, I believe that the mummified rat was gifted to FS after an archaeological dig At the School of Art. .