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 […]

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 […]

Lots of exciting things have happened since my last post! One very important fact is that I have retired from the Queensland Education Department as of January 24. This is an exciting development as it leaves me more time for my artwork, academic interests and activism. I have […]

This year’s Gympie Garden Expo has been brought forward into April! Saturday April 27 is the date to mark. In previous years I have done a range of activities: last year it was papermaking with garden clippings and prunings, the previous year a panel partnership with Uncle Eugene […]

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 […]