My Arrival: converging stories

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.





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Fresco explorations

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. .

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Gympie plants, rust and indigo

Visiting Gympie, stunning in its clear green winter perfection. I have visited the gallery space previously running a silk workshop and textile design and printing workshop with Flying Arts.  This time the workshop was natural dyes for the Textile and Fibre group. The group were creative and inventive, and so it followed that I made some new discoveries, one that my usual, textile steamer can hold and steam many individual pieces suspended and separated something like loading a kiln for ceramics.

I Stayed on an idyllic property west of Gympie where hosts Marie and Dennis live with their horses dogs and menagerie of birds and a flock of sheep.

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Logan Art Gallery studio session

A session at the Logan Art Gallery. Photoemulsion screenprinting from drawing to printing for secondary teachers. Sponsored by School Art Supplies.


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Invisible garden

Photographs from my exhibition at Gatakers Artspace Maryborough. Exhibition continues until February 28th.




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Highlights: Chandeliers and Sculptural lighting of the Woodford Folk Festival.

Kez Howell designs the amazing chandeliers and sculptural lanterns for the Woodford Folk Festival. These ingenious creations adorn the venues, lakes and walkways.  Kez Howell and Cliff Salaun sculpt, forge, weld, print, paint, dye sew then run the electricity through these incredible structures of metal and cloth. They create magic across the entire festival each year.






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Festival season

I visited Maryborough for the Festive heart of Christmas celebrations. There were a range of offerings each day for families, from interactions with rescued wildlife to mural painting. It was held in the historic town hall. It was great to see families sharing new experiences and making gifts together outside of the commercial machinations Christmas. The event was hosted and organised by Fraser Coast  Regional Council.

I ran sessions in badgemaking, bunting, decorative fans, printed tote bags, teepee making, pendant creations, flags and bandannas. Maryborough can be a whimsical town, and the Town Hall was a hive of activity.



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Upcycling workshop

Some photos from a workshop I ran for Brisbane City Council: recreating clothing.

The workshop was part of the Revive festival, where the speakers addressed the issue of waste from the textile industry and the disturbing phenomenon to junk fashion and throwaway textiles.  These textiles are made from synthetic, polyester and nylon which are plastic and by products of the oil industry. They never break down.

Stallholders were op shops and upcycle businesses from around Brisbane, and there was a re-fashion parade. It was a treasure trove of ideas and retro styling. Refreshing the wardrobe with a visit to the op shop part of town- Annerley and Stones Corner, or dropping into  thrift shops on a road trip gives local charities a boost and allows the environment a well deserved rest.



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Screenprinting at Raw Art
Date: Sat October 28th
Time: 12.30-3.30

Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of screenprinting without having to watch every dodgy YouTube clip on the web…?

During this very fast paced and enjoyable workshop you will learn how to screen print onto material, t shirts, bags and other items with your own designs. We will cut a fine re-usable stencil with a design that can be re-used many times. Learn about how to prepare and use a screen for printing, what inks and additives to use, how to print onto different backgrounds, and how to set and care for the prints so that they are washable. Everything provided, including patient answers to all your questions, your own design on a practical tote bag, and a delicious afternoon tea




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Making porcelain jewellery

I’ve been making more porcelain jewellery, printing and shaping the clay, glazing and firing the porcelain pieces, adding extra cobalt to make deep classical winters blues, bending sterling silver for the earring hooks with my assortment of pliers. When pieces of unfired work break, I make decisions about what to do with the fragments. I like dainty broken pieces with fragments of my designs. Some of the broken pieces become my favourite work.  Each time I make a piece, new possibilities spring to mind.

Some of the work is in my Etsy shop



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