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.

I have been very lucky to have been able to attend 2 sessions of the Build your Arts Business course run by our local Creative Arts Gympie Region group in partnership with the Generator LEAP entrepreneurship centre. Apart from the fun of seeing our fellow artists and making […]

This year I was honoured to be one of a select group of artists invited to paint a plinth for the Mary Valley Arts Link. Painting this plinth for the Mary Valley group really took me back to a period that was a life-changing time in my life, […]

Lesa Bell interviews Zela Bissett about her arts practice and papermaking among the gardens that inspire her and provide some of the raw materials for her artworks. Zela Bissett’s studio has been a popular attraction over the years at Gympie’s Studio Trails. Zela reports that when visitors arrive […]

Zela Bissett looks back on the origins of a groundbreaking exhibition at Gympie Regional Gallery and a robust tradition of interdisciplinary arts/since/activism which underpins it. In August 2019, a group of regional artists from the wildflower regions of South east Queensland met for a weekend of walking, talking […]

As I mentioned in my previous post, my daughter-in-law Clare and I have been working on a series of video tutorials to teach some of the earth-friendly fibre arts I practise at Papernicus Fine Art Studio. The intention is to help people, especially when confined at home, to […]

  I have my very talented daughter in law, Clare,  staying with me during the COVID lockdown (and delightful grandson Percy). We have been busy creating some tutorials to help those at home to do some creative activities which need little equipment and use natural materials. Clare is […]

As most of you will be aware, many public events scheduled for Queensland this year have been cancelled. This means I will not be presenting my Resourceful Cook Talk and Taste at the Relish Festival in Maryborough in June. Sadly their July Literary event, the Mary Poppins Festival, […]

Recently I posted an offer to supply plants and seeds to people wanting to grow food and unable to buy seeds or seedlings. I add here the details about many of the plants I can supply, as they are sometimes unusual or not well known. Sadly the pics […]

Turmeric – that golden root we all know is good for our health. Closely related to the other members of the ginger family, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial herb native to India. The herb itself is derived from the rhizome of the plant, which is dried to produce […]

Some reflections and statements of intent at a huge life milestone (retirement!)  My recent decision to leave teaching with the Education Department has motivated me to reflect on my career, where I hope to go next. After 25 years with the Department of Education and Training, I have […]