Sometimes events take place which we wish could have been shared by those who are no longer embodied here with us. My research on the life and work of John Sinclair OA has touched on the family of Moss Cass, Australia’s first Environment Minister. His daughter Deborah, whose […]

After having an operation to repair two hernias on March 4, I have been taking it easy at home. For the first few days after being released from hospital, I was a bit dopey and sore, but came up with a project I could do without hurting myself […]

Buying a press I took a chance recently and decided that since I have a good supply of my handmade papers it would be interesting to try printing some of my designs onto them. My regular readers know that I like to do things from first principles, such […]

Over recent months, a major project has been taking taking up a lot of space in my studio – the Duets project. This is a local partnership initiative which paired up artists with different practices to see what creative endeavours would unfold. This exciting project has seen me […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]