about your nomad guide
in short :: botanical alchemist, forest wanderer & tumbleweed, stargazer & stitcher, string twiner, working traveller, dreamer, writer and the original discoverer of the eucalyptus ecoprint, dyeing for a living in the deep south of Australia.
and in depth ::
my practice conflates the visual and written poetics of place and memory, using ecologically sustainable contact print processes from plants and found objects together with walking, drawing, assemblage, mending, stitch and text as a means of mapping country, recoding and recording responses to landscape - working with cloth, paper, stone, windfall biological material, water, minerals, bones, the discarded artefacts and hard detritus of human inhabitation, the local weed burden. My work has kindly been described as using “ the earth as the printing plate and time as the press”.
I negotiate a path between installation, printing, painting, drawing, writing and sculpture - immersing myself in and paying deep attention to - wherever I happen to be :: gathering thought and experience, imagery and marks, as well as harvesting materials for making. I try to step lightly on the land while being nourished by it, and plant trees to compensate for the ecological impact of my wanderings. The work of each day, philosophically rooted in topophilia [the love of place] literally begins with a walk.
my books can be found here
the blog where I began telling stories is there
and the FaceBook group for workshop notifications is here