During the bushfires of 2020’s Black Summer the cottage I built from bush timbers and recycled materials in the 80’s, burnt to the ground
Out of that destruction and from the precious bushland around I salvaged objects that in their simplicity spoke of the history of that place.
The ash used in some works was salvaged from the cottage burnt out remains.
The frottages I made on site immediately following the fire, and for me they are a gentle reminder that nothing is permanent.
The thread binding the Kunzia Capitata twigs was hand spun and dyed with leaves from some of the surviving eucalyptus trees I have grown.
Amongst surviving debris were Cobb and Co hitches, fashioned from wire, that held the rafters in situ, and these I rust printed onto handmade ecoprinted paper and slow stitched with naturally dyed woollen thread. “Memories of Rafters”, is a reminder of the impermanence of all things.
Producing this body of work was both a cathartic experience and a healing process, honouring the memories and the resilience of bushland as well as pioneering spirit.
Works from Burnt Offerings
2020: Handmade paper, rust print and natural dyed thread and eco printed handmade paper with wrapped twigs and handspun dyed woollen thread. The handmade paper, was ecoprinted with bundles of twigs tied with dyed thread spun from locally sourced wool, and attached.
Other works included mixed media using charcoal retrieved from bushfires and handmade inks from homegrown nut trees and works painted with handmade brushes.
Eco printed environments . Silk and net on frames 45cm x 45cm