FLORA – The Alchemy of Playing with Plants

On Friday evening 1st April my latest exhibition, Flora – The Alchemy Of Playing with Plants,  opened at the June Marriott Gallery, Central Craft, Alice Springs.  The exhibition runs until the 24th April.

This exhibition traces my  playful engagement with plants over some years. From silk scarves dyed with a plant based brew on the campfire to delicately drawn tracings of plant shadows cast by the sun and more recently to hand made paper from Curtin Springs, and a 19th century photographic technique. Each process involves a combination of art, science and serendipity.

Each of the 45 works in the exhibition has involved the handling of one or more native plants, this is the thing that links all the different processes I’ve employed. I like to think of this work as a collaboration between myself and the plants I have handled and observed.

For many of the works I used beautiful  paper, handmade from native grasses, by the good folk at Curtin Springs Station south of Alice. For more photos and information about the paper making please visit to our previous blog or go to Curtin Springs website:

I will begin the photo gallery with a few photos of my very busy studio in the week prior to hanging the exhibition. I will then show images of the exhibition installed and finally some pics of selected works unframed so you can see them better, its very hard to take photos of work under glass.  Thank you for taking the time to look!

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