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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Thanks @laurenmurphyphotography for snapping these photos of the print activity at the Warragul Arts Market today when I was way too inky to take any of my own. Thanks also to some pretty special people who helped things run smoothly. I am extremely grateful to Kellie who looked after my stall while I was printing, to Wayne who helped carry equipment, to Kelly A who carried heavy buckets of water quite a long way for the printing and for help with media, to @gecko66 for bringing her friends to make a print and helping with the queue, and finally thanks
I find hand colouring an edition to be cathartic and relaxing. This is my Caravan Club linocut drying on the studio table. It's a limited edition of 13, although only 9 are shown here. A small print 15x15cm in diameter which will be available at my market stall and at open studios Nov 24 & 25, and also in my web shop
I drew this self portrait today for a website button. It's a tiny brush illustration to represent my classes and workshops in my online shop. It's part of exciting refurbishments to my website... watch this space
I handprint my linocuts, the prepared paper is torn by hand. I handcolour my linocut prints too but I baulk at hand sewing and prefer to use modern appliances.
People have been getting one for themselves and one for a friend. My new wall calendars feature 12 linocut prints celebrating the natural beauty of Australian birds, animals and wild bush. A4 and spiral bound with an easy to write on grid, they make a great gift. Available on my website, link in bio, or you can contact me by email or dm.
On Genoa Peak in Far East Gippsland, just below the summit, the eucalypts grow out of impossible fissures in pink granite boulders and striped native orchids cling to the rock. My Genoa Peak linocut is back in print, with the remaining 5 prints of an edition of 10 just posted in my webshop, link in bio
I can't think of a better place to linoprint a Whale's Tale wallhanging... out under the trees at this Saturday's Warragul Arts Market. The print activity runs from 9am-11am. The market will be humming with loads of artisan stallholders and makers. A great place to buy local handmade items for Christmas. Alongside free entertainers and a program of other great events over at the re-opening of the @westgippslandartscentre it will be a huge Saturday.
How I love printy ol' print spoils for wrapping my calendars before I put them in the big mailing envelope. Seems it was worth hoarding them up and now I'm happy they have been gainfully employed. One delighted receiver told me she 'd used hers for journaling
This Saturday's Warragul Arts Market is going to be a whale of a day. Grab a coffee and peruse the artisan stalls. Print yourself one of my whale wallhangings to take home (9-11am). Pick up fresh produce at @warragulfarmersmarket then pop over to the re-opening of the @westgippslandartscentre to enjoy the free events. It's going to be big, so wear your walking shoes as parking may be tricky.
Wombat cards!! Thanks to two lovely strangers at last month's @warragulartsmarket for suggesting I make wombat cards [like the wombat on my logo]... many ideas come from random conversations with passers by.
I'll be hanging out in the middle of the Warragul Arts Market tomorrow between 9am & 11 am just waiting to help you print your very own mini whale tale wallhanging. Look for my tiny table and green leaf umbrella. I'll be the one wearing an apron.
It's always a delight when lovely folk spend a day at the studio making linocuts. You can see the trio hard at work in the next photo. The day was a birthday treat for Benita and included a sumptuous vegetarian picnic ( brought along by Yasmin & Warwick) and many cuppas between prints.
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.