2019  The G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia


with Avis Gardner

While on residency for two weeks at the remarkable G.R.A.I.N. Store Avis and I worked with the communigy on a project and exhibition called Marking the nature of things.

We spent a day foraging and collecting natural materials from roadsides, the township, along the river, in the paddocks and the Barmah National Park. These fragments were used in a series of community workshops where participants created individual  map pieces on 20 x 20 cm board. Paper clay, natural vergetable dyes and ephemera were all used to create gorgeous, colorful panels . Each workshop series depicted a different area of the region  and when dry were placed together , photographed and printed on a 75 cm x 1500 cm arches paper wall map of the district.

Avis Liz

Marking the nature of things was made possible by the support of Vision 2020, the Moira Council  and the efforts of thef abulous volunteers and coordinator at the G.R.A.I.N. Store.


one of our wonderful workshops.

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The more you look the more you see!






working on one of the panels- beautiful colours and textures. Clay slip mixed with natural food colouring created exciting finishes.



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 Patterns and colours varied with each workshop. Curled eucalyptus leaves were a perfect way to represent the flow and movement of the river.

Every panel was different...each one represented a different area of the region.

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The colours changed as clay and slip dried with suprisingly beautiful results.


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The Barmah National Park- bark quills became ancient river gums viewed from above- an impressive and beautiful landscape.

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 School children enjoyed recreating the environmnet around their school.

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The printed map of Nathalia and district.It was all a huge effort by so many in just 12 short days with an amazing outcome. Avis and I drove home tired and thrilled- what a community!

2018 Police Point Artist in Residence

Mornington Peninsula Shire, Point Nepean, Portsea


This two week residency in the historic Gate Keepers cottage gave me the opportunity to work on a drawing project responding to the extraordinary environment around me. 

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 enjoyed the creative solitude and spent time  quietly observing, drawing and photographically documenting aspects of beach found ephemera, vegatation and the coastal landscape itself.



As awlays , I felt completely regenerated and inspired after this remarkable opportuinty.


Every morning there would be something new on the sand. Everything was perfect to draw and I never tired of looking at the textures and patternation. I was very sad to find this tiny Lap Wing chick in the shallows.

And of course there was plastic.......

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the weather changed by the

minute and the skies were

always magnificent.





I returned all the natural found fragments before leaving- the plastics came with me.




2017 Artsbox Artist in Residence

City of Marybyrnong, Footscray


During the month long residency I worked with the community to populate a wooden wall map.

People passing by or visiting the neighbouring library were invited to write messages to a friend,make a statment about something they loved about where they lived, felt strongly about or simply draw a picture on a selected map piece.

The individual pieces had been premade out of ply wood and covered in bright fly-leaf pages from vintage Readers Digest condensed novels and fitted together to form a colourful and fun map of the city of Marybrynong- a message map celebrating the city's diversity, culture and the people who live there.

The map was then gifted to the people and now hangs in the Footscray Library for the community to enjoy


The locals taking part


So many people were interested in telling their stories.

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The map is coming together nicely.



2015 Montsalvat Artist in Residence



Sites unseen was a project investigating the small and often overlooked memories and nuances of Montsalvat.

Singularly, these individual components may appear quaint but insignificant while collectively they contribute to the heartbeat and charm of Australia's oldest artist colony.

While there for four weeks I documented and replicated obscure detail and embellishments from the architecture, gardens and art works on site as a starting point for a series of small sculptures and installations.


My Montsalvat residency studio


Matchams collar- inspired by the works of Matcham Skipper


test pieces

2012 Hill End Artist in Residence, Hill End NSW

Bathurst Council


During my residency I undertook daily walks to collect glass and ceramic shards as well as natural remnants from the  historical mining village of Hill End. 

Taking these back to the studio to study their form and reinterpret them in either multiples or single pieces out of recycled corrugated iron sourced from the Hill End tip.THey were then placed back where I found them causing no disturbance to the natural environment.

I also created a metal and wire map of Hill End called Mullock heaps and mineshafts.

Both Natures table and Mullock heaps and mineshafts were exhibited at the Bathurst Regional Gallery in the same year.


Nature's table-detail

Hill_End_bucket_shards bucket fragments

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Mullock heaps and mineshafts

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My Hill End studio in Murrays Cottage


2011 Laughing Waters Artist in Residence, Eltham

Nillumbik Shire Council and Parks Victoria


This project was inspired by wonderful childhood memories of the nature table we had both at home and in the classroom-always covered with objects of varying textures, colours and sizes - all found outdoors. 

Elements left behind on the grounds of Birrarung House were borrowed; documented and recreated using recycled metals . The fragments included twigs, feathers, stones, incsects, fallen leaves and bones and all were placed back where I found them after being drawn, photographed, identified and replicated .

These pieces were displayed on handmade trestle tables imitating a museum or archeological presentation.

I also documented where the fragments were found and created a sculptural, three domensional map of the property constructed out of bird wire and recycled kitted woolens. The map combined a number of seperate segements fitting together like a puzzle .


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Nature's table-detail


Working in my Laughing Waters studio. It was so peaceful looking out at the magnificent native bush garden while creating Nature's table.


The finished work set up outside for open house/studio at the end of the residency.





The completed sculptural map of Birrarung

at the open day.