May 6-June 28 2021
I am thrilled to announce my upcoming exhibition Washed Up. This was, I thought, cancelled early in 2020 due to the pandemic and the subsequent crash of the tourism industry in Far North Queensland. It was very exciting to be contacted in January and asked to have a show this year.
In the interim period, I have immersed my creative energy into a new direction, that of ceramics, which I have started to combine with textiles. The result is the body of work presented in Washed Up which continues the theme that has dominated my work for the last few
In this exhibition, I have particularly referenced the impact humans have made on the health of our oceans, which is evidenced by jetsam and flotsam found on the high tide mark of our beaches. The works also express an on going fascination with the enduring ability of the natural world to regenerate in spite of us.
Please refer to the Washed Up Catalogue Page for details.
May 2 2021
I've been working intensely over the last few months... well most of the year!... towards a solo show with Suzanne O'Connell Gallery . It was exciting to pack and send my work after such a concentrated effort.
Shifting Sands and is a collection of sculptural baskets and abstract embroideries inspired by the beachscapes of eastern Australia and the dramatic panoramas of our central and northern desert country. The implicit theme to all the works is a love and respect for the natural world, and concern for the fragility of our ecosystems.
Please refer to the Exhibitions page for details.
CORDAGE & COILING BASKERY WORKSHOP
Come to the picturesque Atherthon Tablelands for this exciting and popular workshop!
Increasingly, we are becoming more aware of the devastating impact of the fast fashion industry on our natural world and planet. Learn how to up-cycle unwanted clothing and favourite fabric remnants to make beautiful baskets while at the same time helping our environment! During this workshop, participants will learn the ancient technique of making cordage (rope) and string which in itself is a fabulous skill to have. Then coil your cordage and stitch it into beautiful functional baskets. No previous experience with weaving or basketry is necessary!
September 28 10am-3pm
Alpha Rahma Cottage
19 Magnolia St
Cost: $50 and a plate to share for lunch
Included: Needles and thread and some fabrics. Tea and Coffee will be provided.
Please Bring: Your old or unwanted clothes, any fabric items that you'd like to re-purpose. We will also be talking about decorating our baskets so if you have any beads, buttons, shells etc that you would like to use, please do bring them along!
Please email me via the Contact page of this website, or directly on to book your place
To ensure that everyone is provided with personal attention and assistance, I have limited the numbers to 15 so book early to avoid disappointment!
Payment must be received prior to the workshop in order to secure your place
ROCK WRAPPING WORKSHOP
Saturday March 2nd 10:00am-3:00pm
in my Bellenden Ker Studio
This workshop will be suitable for beginners and experienced artists. You will learn the heartwarming art of wrapping rocks, using linen, hemp, or jute twines and a knotless looping technique. As beginnnings can sometimes be a little challenging, each participant will receive a rock that I have already started to wrap. Once you are feeling confident with your looping, I will show you the technique I employ to get started. There are many variations of the ways in rocks might be wrapped and if time permits we can explore these as well.
All materials will be provided including rocks to choose from, twines and threads, needles and scissors.
Finger Foods will be provided for morning tea/lunch as well as tea and coffee. All food will be gluten free. Please let me know if you have any other dietary requirements.
Please contact me via email to book a place. This can be done via my Contact Page.
Payment must be received in order to confirm your place in the workshop.
To ensure that participants have the most productive experience and personalised tuition I have limited numbers to 10
To make it worth my while, I need a minimum of 5 participants. Naturally, if a minimum number is not achieved, those who have already paid will receive a full refund.
Not a lot of people know where Bellenden Ker is! It situated in Far North Queensland a forty-five minute drive south of Cairns.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to send me an email
Cordage and Core Basketry
Kickarts Contemporary Arts invited me to participate in a series of workshops at The Hive, their new space created specifically for this purpose. My first workshop was quickly booked out, so we are holding another one on Saturday 23rd February! So exciting!
This workshop is an introductory to basketry techniques with a focus on creating and exploring different materials and techniques to make the core of a coiled basket.
Participants will be asked to bring along any fabric scraps and preloved clothing to recycle/upcycle into cordage. This technique will be taught, and then we will start a coiled basket with the core material produced.
For more details, go to Kick Arts Events Facebook page, or mine!
SHINE ON VIV
The quilt, Shine on Viv, was the result of our collaboration to commemorate the passing of talented maker and beloved friend, Viv Daley. People who did not feel confident about their sewing skills contributed many beautiful works of art to be auctioned along with our quilt in order to raise money for cancer research.
Sunshine for my Soul
Insta Collaboration to Commemorate Viv Daley
Our dear friend, Viv, died peacefully in her sleep last night. After talking with her husband Glenn, I have decided to organise a collaborative with Viv's Instagram friends, her 'tribe' (Viv's words), to make a quilt with each friend making a square to send to me. Once these are gathered, I shall sew them together to make a wallhanging in Viv's honour. Initially, my thought was to present the final piece to her family. Glenn has suggested that it be used to raise money to donate to cancer research. This is an exciting idea which I would like to follow up on. The first step however is to gauge interest from the Insta tribe and see if this kernel of an idea has wings.
Each friend is to decorate a 30cm square of fabric using whatever technique they choose. Viv was fond of slow stitching so that might be one suggestion. Others might be, embroidery, patchwork, quilting etc
May I suggest Viv's palette of colours which are natural ones? However, I do not want to restrict your creativity and I know that Viv did enjoy the occasional pop of colour!
Once completed post your square to me at: PO Box 248 Babinda Qld 4861. Please enclose your name, Instagram tag, and an email address so that I am able to communicate privately and also acknowledge your contribution.
Once I have received all your squares, I shall assemble them and prepare the final piece for hanging.
I will remain in touch via email with everyone who is interested in contributing to this project. My email address is (For some reason this does not seem to be converting to a link for you, so, just contact me via my Contact page initially if that is easier!)