In 2019 I took part in a papermaking residency at Curtin Springs near Uluru/Ayers Rock. It was an amazing experience living on a million acre cattle station in such an arid, but stunning landscape. I learned how to make paper from the local grasses, such as spinifex and kangaroo grass. The antics of the birds in the early morning and at dusk was very entertaining, and this work was the result. Some of the pieces were sold at a follow up exhibition at the Art Centre in Alice Springs.

A Meeting of Major Mitchells
A Meeting of Major Mitchells

Machine embroidery on handmade paper from local grasses, and stitched paper

A Squawk of Cockatoos
A Squawk of Cockatoos

Machine embroidered birds on handmade paper from local grasses with stitched paper leaves

a Gathering of Galahs
a Gathering of Galahs

Machine embroidered birds on handmade paper from local grasses, with stitched paper leaves and branches

RingNecks at Curtin Springs
RingNecks at Curtin Springs

Machine embroidered birds on handmade paper

Major Mitchells at Curtin Springs
Major Mitchells at Curtin Springs

Machine embroidered birds on handmade paper

Zebra Finches at Curtin Springs
Zebra Finches at Curtin Springs

Machine embroidered birds on ecodyed paper