Community driven project after the forest fires in the Blue Mountains November 2013, thanks to receiving a funded residency at the BiCi Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives in the Blue Mountains, Sydney.
Postcards made from scrap wood in the shapes of the two symbols associated with Bilpin, an apple, and a flame after the forest fires. These postcards were then used by community members to send to local and national politicians.
Community project weaving 1000+ poppies from flax for the Anzac Day ceremony at the Kaiparoro Anzac Memorial Bridge. The poppies were woven by school children in the region through workshops in schools and also by descendants of local World War soldiers. The flax was locally sourced and a native vine found in reserve nearby was used for weaving the 10 metre cloak together. The cloak was laid over the bridge during a Maori ceremony, welcoming all those fallen and lost back to the area, and later people wove flowers and other anecdotes into the cloak. The cloak was then left in the reserve to biodegrade naturally.
The project was through a residency program award from the New Zealand Pacific Studio in the Wairapapa region, New Zealand
In a city with one of the biggest coal ports in the world, Newcastle, Australia I decided to spread some coal awareness around the city. Black boxes with woodcarvings depicting the history and possible future of coal in the area were placed along the old coal railway walkway, at the entrance to the coal port, at the museum and in front of the coal port. Inside each box was papers, crayons and coal for people to take rubbings of these woodcuts. The boxes were made from recycled salvaged wood taken from the streets of Newcastle.
The work was created during a social justice focused residency at the Backyard Bus, which is run by Emerald Violin, Newcastle, Australia