Who am I? I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and printmaker. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from RMIT in 1988 (back when graphics was done on paper).
What do I do? I create graphic design for print, web and signage. I make linocut prints, and other illustrative works on paper. I love making visual things that communicate; I produce brochures, cards, book illustrations, CD covers, logos, signs and limited edition art prints.
It all started on 22 February in 1990 in the kitchen of a Genoa farmhouse in Far East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
The Design Desk was an old laminex table pushed against the window with a view of the Genoa River. I was freelancing, producing line illustrations of rainforest flora and fauna with my set of Rotring technical pens.
Today, my studio is an old garage at our Drouin home. My husband had converted this into a space for himself but after a while, when all my drawings and art materials were taking over the house, he gave up the space to me.
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A month ago I photographed the dry ground under Drouin’s huge Eucalyptus Sideroxylon or Ironbark. It still seemed like Autumn then. Glancing up I noticed the many pinky white flowers. Whenever I come across this tree I am in awe. It stands behind the Anglican Church and like an old sentinel seems to look out over the land that falls steeply from the railway line. Often it is full of noisy nectar feeding birds but not on this day
At this time of year after rain there is always an annoying puddle on our asphalt driveway. But when the sun comes out I can catch the most beautiful reflections of a normally mundane fence, tree and sky, making me forgive the puddle.
Two weeks ago I posted a photo of the studio without its end wall. Now I’m waiting on my new window and have stripped out the 2nd hand 1990s pink carpet in readiness for light toned laminate flooring to be installed today!
Many happy returns Queen . My Queenie Bird linocut is in my online shop to celebrate. Just head up to my bio and click on the link there. It’s a multiplate handprinted linocut with hand colouring: a limited edition of just 20.
The beautiful prints made at today’s linocut workshop on the big table right in the middle of this funky little art supplies store. It’s the kind of place where customers pop in and look over your shoulder and ask what you are doing... such a lovely village atmosphere. Thanks for hosting this @tritecfineart and here’s a great photo of @lararindge and her tea print followed by Sarah’s Japanese pattern print and Linda’s bunny.
It's a lovely feeling to win something for your work as an artist. My multi block Linocut, Indigenous Psychedelia, won 1st Printmaking Prize in the Art Show Pakenham this weekend. There was a monetary prize attached which will help with the costs of my new studio window. The Judges' comments which were thoughtfully attached to the work mention, "A balanced use of black... and good colour keeps the work well organised on the surface." Here I should thank the organisers of this annual art show which amazingly is in its 43rd year. I would have been aged 10 when it
“Give me more light in the studio!” I said, and in a jiffy* it was done. Barry the builder has taken out my rotten, termite eaten windows and indeed the whole wall. He found a family of skinks and a fair amount of rodent pooh, so it seems I was never really working solo in the studio. It’s been quite an upheaval so I have moved my iMac and plan drawers into the house where I can continue working ( and get distracted by housework ). *jiffy: a short amount of time, however in this case, 2 years of designing
A fox barks, linocut currently on show at Drouin’s fav Greek cafe It’s All Greek to Me. Sip sublime coffee by Marita and experience the best Turkish delight in Gippsland (imported all the way from Bentleigh or Oakleigh). You’ll find this little gem of a coffee shop tucked into an unobtrusive strip of shops opposite the Drouin Library. It’s closed Mondays & Sundays. And if you happen to buy one of my works from here the cafe makes a donation to Beyond Blue
I love writing and drawing in the sand. Finding a pristine beach with a huge smooth canvas of damp sand gives me immense pleasure, and it’s even better when there are no other people, apart from the group you walked in with. Here in Australia we are fortunate to have many protected coastal areas not accessible by vehicles. This scratching was made at Wilson’s Promontory National Park back in March this year.
Workshop time! Learn printmaking skills with me in Yarragon Village this long weekend. Master linocut tools on easycut lino, explore the printing process to print 10 beautiful cards on exquisite cotton rag paper and 5 gift tags, each with your own linocut design. All materials provided incl your own set of lino tools to take home. Ample time for a lunch break to enjoy your choice of wonderful eateries in Yarragon. $110 per person. Book at Tritec Art Supplies 56342044 or hop into my website, link in bio, and book online.
My Paper Ghosts Lamp found a new home today. It is made from linocuts on paper with perforations (to let the light out) then handsewn with linen thread. The lamp depicts the ghosts of Fairhall House in Melbourne: •The Maharajah of Tagore • Louis XV •Lady Violet Beaumont • Robert Johnson, Bootmaker • Mona the cat I imagine these people and one loved cat didn’t intend to haunt the historic East Melbourne building but they are there just the same, united by their relationship to objects within the household. My idea is based on supposing a little part of our
Collaboration brings challenges, unexpected directions and meetings in cafes. 10 drawings are completed for a series of new linocuts including one about AustralIan Wood Ducks