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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Have a great weekend. I’m slouched in front of the TV at home having a little down time. It’s been a busy last few months, and I’ve been all over my home state of Victoria. This photo was taken at Sorrento Ocean Beach. Wild areas and National Parks are very important to me, providing valuable places to re-centre and reflect.
Cape Barren Geese were once an endangered species! They are common now, in fact, so common that goose pooh is a problem on nearby Phillip Island. You’ll find the geese illustrated, sans pooh, as an unframed linocut in my exhibition at Red Tree Gallery in Jindivick. The show is open daily until May 28.
A snap of my exhibition at Red Tree Gallery in Jindivick. Join me for opening drinks this Sunday 5th May 2-4pm. For those who like to draw, I'll be hanging out with @lauriecollins1 each Friday afternoon 1-4 at the Gallery. Bring your sketchbook or whatever you are working on, or just come to chat about the work.
Thank you to the many lovely people who came to my opening today. I so appreciate it. Thank you for your interest in my prints and for the wonderful printmaking questions. My little Ruddy Turnstone, reduction linocut 4/18 has found a new home. It was my pleasure to be able to explain the process to you all. The show continues daily until May 28, and I will be there each Friday afternoon.
A rare self portrait linocut, circa 1996. I was a new mother, living in Wedderburn, far away from my own mum. I pretty much breastfed my daughter on demand and my main support came from the most brilliant group of local friends and members of the Boort Nursing mothers group. A special bond was formed and these women are lifelong friends. Back then I was lucky to get one linocut carved and printed, let alone an edition.
Here’s proof linocut printmaking makes you happy! I had a great day running a workshop with the crew from @shepparton_access .
The wine & cheese launch ‘do’ of my exhibition at Red Tree Gallery in Jindivick is this Sunday 2-4pm. l’d love to share your company. Sip wine and take in a short talk about why I do what I do, then stroll in the sculpture garden.
Only 11 days left to catch my exhibition CUT INK PRINT, which can be described as a mid career survey exhibition. My limited edition prints hang above the quirky metal sculptures of @lauriecollins1 . Open daily 9-5, even Election Day!
My name up in lights - country style. I love that @lauriecollins1 rebadges the A-board for each exhibiting artist at his gallery. Also thanks to Beau & Paul Ledger at Drouin signs for using the most brilliantly apt decorative font possible. The opening is Sunday afternoon 2-4 so keep an eye out for the A-board on the road verge if you are coming.
Another linocut from my exhibition. An edition of 23, one of the prints is off to Canada! The show continues, open daily, until May 28, and I’ll be there this Friday afternoon with my sketchbook.
Open Studios West Gippsland
Come and visit my studio in Drouin and the studios of other local artists in the area on special Open Studios West Gippsland days.
This self guided tour will take you around beautiful West Gippsland.