Something new

Here are some photos of the fountains that I made at Brisbane Institute of Art. I have been a student in a semester long sculptural ceramic course with Dianne Peach.

To me, there is something wonderful about the way ceramics hold and contain water, to be able to touch and to see the water in the vessel.  I’ve had a dream of creating fountains, and today, with lots of help from Dianne, the idea became a reality, out of the kiln, and assembled for the end of year exhibition. It is lovely to see the water flowing and to listen to it. They are on display in the BIA end of year exhibition.





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Leaving old work behind, and unsure where I’m heading with the new,  some delft blue prints on porcelain


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t shirt printing weekend

A simple T shirt can become a work of art.

I am running a course this coming weekend that always has interesting results: T shirt printing. It is on Saturday and Sunday 22-23rd October.

If you have ever wondered how to print detailed designs and text onto shirts or dreamed of designing your own range of T shirts, then this short course can bring those ideas to fruition. During this course we prepare screens with images for photoemulsion printing on T shirts.

We then expose the photoemulsion screens in the sun to produce detailed images from your own text, photos or drawing. The images are then screen printed by hand onto t shirts with water based ink and heat set so that they are fully washable.

By the end of the weekend designs will be ready to wear, looking professional with detailed text and images.

No experience necessary!



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pictures in an exhibition

New paintings and prints, frames within frames, my pictures in an exhibition.

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Finding the words to say it

Every day I need the wisdom and inspiration of others. I think it is time to reclaim our innocence.

” In every gardener there is a child who believes in the seed fairy”

The quote is by Robert Brault.

I printed some of my favourite quotes onto porcelain and then made them into pendants.

For more inspiration of Robert Brault’s inspiration follow this link, He is an inspired writer and marvellous blogger, I could lose myself in his words:

“What is a gardener but a magician’s assistant?”

More insightful writing about gardens:

Hugh Johnson ” no two days are the same in one garden” from The Principles of  Gardening (1979}

Sydney Eddison ” Gardens are a form of Autobiography”

Kahlil Gibran “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness”



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Printing with dye

Recently I was given some dyes and silk paints, so have begun printing with them. The colours are beautiful, and the material completely keeps its feel. I’ve enjoyed putting my big steamer back in action to set the dyes. With the advent of the digital print, screenprinting with dyes lost the brief popularity it had in the early 1980’s. It’s not the easiest thing to do, though it is incredibly satisfying to see the pieces emerge from the steamer of dye bath with the intensity of colour, and the creative possibilities of placement and overprinting, and best of all it looks and feels nothing like digital printing.

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Toowoomba Artist books and etching

Another visit to The Glennie school, for some workshops on etching and Artist books. Through the rose gardens to the new art rooms. which overlook the sporting green with a view back to the historic town. Being at Glennie is like being on a film set with it’s expanse of historic buildings and boarding school, the presence of past students evident in photographs on the walls.

On the first day the students made 3 styles of books: a concertina book, a sculptural book and a sewn pamphlet. They made their own hand printed covers to bind them with.

The second day was a day of etching aluminium plates with copper sulphate solution, then printing them. Their project was about home, which for Glennie students can be a very long way away.

Some photos from the day:




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out of the box

“One sun, one world- many dreams” is the name of a project organised by Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM, and Out of the Box Festival. The exhibition will tour to China, and is part of the Out of the Box Festival at South Bank this year.

A magnificent box arrived at the preschool from one of the project sponsors, full of paints brushes, palettes, paper for use on the project. I was at the preschool for four weeks as one of 10 artists in residence across Queensland. Each week the children developed prints and paintings about what they do, where they live, and the future.

It is fascinating to see the energy pre school children have in their expression and artmaking. Often it is a filmic approach where the brushes and rollers, individual colours and interactions with each other tell the story that emerges within each piece, and often it is the roller or the brush that begins the narrative. Children naturally do something that from my observation only the most experienced of artists do: react to the moment in art. They notice exactly how the paint moves and falls and all the actions between paint and paper. They see with clarity what adults usually miss. Barbara recalled a child who carefully painted black all over a detailed picture, and when she asked why, the child replied “because it was night !”.

The little artists returned to their prints and paintings each week, allowing the development of layered work for the exhibition, and discussed the finished pieces for selection for exhibition.

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Prints from Plants at Northey St City Farm


I love Northey St City farm, and enjoyed facilitating this workshop where we created prints from the plants in the garden on t shirts, sarongs, scarves and bags. Some photos from a Prints from Plants workshop one of their sustainable living workshop program.


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I visited Loreto College to facilitate a project about the journeys of the companions of Mary Ward. Mary Ward wanted to practice her religion in the community as her Jesuit brothers did, in the days when women who took the religious path were cloistered: locked up into religious orders, never to return to the world. Highly educated, she and her friends travelled across Europe by foot to speak in person with the Pope. Along the way they established schools in towns across Europe.  For her efforts her writings and teachings were banned and she was imprisoned by her own religion. The friends communicated secretly by writing with lemon juice, travelled incognito, and were also imprisoned.

When her teachings and writings were destroyed and banned by the Catholic Church, her friends commissioned a set of paintings of her life’s journey: Mary Ward: The Painted Life.

At a time when women had no rights, she stated ”  Women in time will come to do much”

Each home group made a cloth that interpreted the journeys and qualities of the companions of Mary Ward.


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