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.

Years ago, after a period of exposure to the culture of Japan, I wrote a story set in ancient Japan. I had visited the climbing kilns at the pottery village of Mashiko in Japan in 1994, on a kind of pilgrimage to the home village of Shoji Hamada, […]

Here is Arthur from Gayndah Art Gallery wearing my “Bunya Cloak of Office” a garment featuring two wool felt panels. Would you like to learn the technique of making wool felt? After interest has been expressed in the felted works in “The Legendary Bunya Tree” exhibition, I have […]

kombucha bunya cone

I am spending these school holidays working on pieces for the exhibition “The Legendary Bunya Tree” opening at Gayndah Art Gallery on Saturday October 29 at 6pm. The exhibition is a joint show with my friend and fellow Bunya enthusiast, Maurice Mickelo from Wondai, a former Bunya Mountains […]

Pencil study of Giant Barred Frog

Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee administrator Deb Seal has responded enthusiastically to the suggestion from friend Joolie Gibbs that we create a colouring book of the endangered species of the Mary River. I hope I can use some of my earlier studies of the Mary River Turtle and […]

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I am excited to hear that I may be able to combine the opening of my joint show with my friend and fellow artist Maurice Mickelo with the visit of some visitors from Gayndah’s sister city in Belgium, Vonhoven. This may mean a change of date for the […]

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Associated with the upcoming “Paper Bespoke: Carnivale” exhibition at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, here are some upcoming pubic programs: Opening Event Friday 24 June, 6pm Guided Tour Thursday 30 June 11am 3-D paper workshop with me (Zela) Saturday July 17 10.30am – 1.30pm Find out more here […]

One of my poems has been published in Meniscus’ Beyond the Divide publication. Meniscus is a free online journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) which aims to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing. Floating Land, Noosa 2015 Zela Bissett, Donna Lee Brien, Susan Davis, Cheryl […]

handmade paper

Do you want to learn to make handmade paper with 3-D effects? I’m doing a workshop as part of the Noosa Long Weekend on Sunday June 17 at Cooroy Butter factory Arts Centre 10.30am till 1.30pm.

Greens

I am busy preparing the items for the Lifestyle Expo talk at Gympie Showgrounds tomorrow. For tasting there will be: organic rosella syrup, lemon myrtle biscuits, warrigal greens parcels and nasturtium capers. Hope to see you there around 10am for Uncle Eugene and following on the panel discussion […]