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, […]

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 […]

As an artist with deep roots in Butchulla Country, I am honoured to be part of dedicated group of female artists working to celebrate the wonderful wildflowers of the Sunshine Coast- Rainbow Beach region. Our walks and gatherings will culminate in September 2020 when we will be showcasing […]

AT the end of June my exhibition, Plea for Plankton, will open at The Vault, a unique art space in Bundaberg Regional Gallery. Many of the works in the show will be made from the pellicle, the fleshy growth on the top of the Kombucha culture, that cultured […]

Each year Maryborough celebrates one of its famous daughters, author PL Travers, who became famous as the author of a series of books about Mary Poppins, the magical governess. This year I will be part of the festival and will be happy to teach a techniques for creating […]

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 […]