One technique isn’t always the only way to go. Sometimes it is nice to combine techniques.
The Maleny Printmakers exhibition at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny in 2020 was about bugs. The artists were issued a list of bugs – and most of the bugs were butterflies. I had an etching in mind, so preferred what I called a ‘proper bug’ – an ant, caterpillar etc. A longer list was produced with all sorts of things on it, and what did I do – a butterfly. What had taken my interest was the long list of scientific names – the system of binomial nomenclature. I was fascinated, so used the names in my work. It was, as you could imagine, a bit of tricky lino cutting!
Galapagos Rain: linoprint and hand stitching on Garza Engraving paper.
Acrylic, nautical chart and shellac on canvas.
1889 – Le Corset
I planned to do a series on undergarments – but this is as far as I got – so far.
Bush Baby was part of a Maleny Printmakers ‘ The Nature of Printmaking’ exhibition at the Arts and Ecology Centre in the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden at Tanawha. It is a combination of blind embossing with a collograph plate, linoprint and cyanotype on teabags.
This work deals with the interaction of plants with their environment. It is a mixed media work with a cyanotype background of leaf detritus, various microscopic plant sections printed in linoprint, and hand embroidered with the pattern of contours and drainage within the Maroochy Bushland Botanic garden.