About Zela

Susan Zela Bissett (Zela) is an educator, writer and artist with a lifetime involvement in environmental education and advocacy. Zela was born on Butchulla Country in Maryborough and has worked as an artist, educator, permaculture gardener, studio potter and consultant. She is passionate about sustainable lifestyles, maintaining habitat for wildlife and about unleashing the creativity in all of us.
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A solo exhibition of my works using felt and textiles along with cast (sculpted) paper will be opening on Friday June 29 at 5pm. The venue is a small Art Space called Wand’in’in in the charming market town of Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast. The gallery’s address is […]

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I am really happy to be going north to my original home town, Maryborough, this coming weekend (June 2 – 3) for the annual Relish Festival. The lovely Trevor, from Gatakers Artspace has invited me back for another day of bringing paper making to the public. Last year […]

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The 33 works in my exhibition Deeply Felt, at Eumundi’s Wand’in’in gallery during winter 2018 feature wearable creations in textiles, especially wool felt. The opening will take place on Friday evening June 29th at 6pm. There will be finger food, a cash bar and a wearable art fashion […]

With the Playing with Pulp workshop fast approaching, I have been concentrating on utilising the Hollander beater that I have on loan for a month from my papermakers group. As it is Easter and a wonderful gardening season with rain and lush growth, I have been busy setting […]

I have been offered an exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Gallery in The Vault in July-August 2019. The theme is the need for bioplastics to reduce the terrible load of petro-plastics we are unleashing on the planet every day. I make bioplastic film using the pellicle from the cultured […]

Papermaking news The papermaking workshop scheduled for Saturday April 7 will be going ahead, with 4 places still available, however the venue has changed and it will now be held at my studio. The studio is set amongst my permaculture garden and participants will be able to see […]

I have been asked to present a talk on the theme, My Culture. My Story, at the Gympie Regional Art Gallery very soon (Thursday 14 February). Below is a condensed version, as on the night the presentation will be augmented with 36 images on PowerPoint slides. I’ve lived […]

As many of my sustainably-minded friends know, I am a great advocate for our native foods. Currently in South-east Queensland, it is the season for Bunya nuts. These are large cones, weighing up to 10kg which fall from tall, dome-crowned forest giants, Aracauria bidwilii. Each cone contains many […]

Dates Details Saturday April 7 2018 $50 per participant Half day workshop papermaking with botanical fibres (10 am – 1.30pm) Introducing multiple couching techniques Venue: Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre May 6 Garden Expo Gympie Hempsel Building, Gympie Showground   Talk, taste and demonstration: “Paper From Permaculture: Using […]

Hi to all my readers. Some of you may have known that I was overseas for the past 10 weeks. It is SO wonderful to be home and hear the birds singing, drink my own rainwater and pick herbs and veges from the garden. I love Europe but […]