Artist in Residence at Curtin Springs
I have been working with Curtin Springs Paper since late 2015, it featured largely in my 2016 exhibition FLORA; The Alchemy of Playing with Plants. Taking up my post as Artist in Residence in November 2017 I looked forward to the opportunity to carry out some exciting new experiments with Curtin Springs paper.
I am practiced at the process of natural dyeing and eco printing on silk and wool but I was keen to see what results I would get on the hand made paper. So I set up a little studio/lab under cover, outdoors, where I could safely boil up natural dyes and eucalyptus leaves on a camp stove. These were then applied to the hand made paper, using steam and clamps.
The results were fascinating though not always what I had hoped for. So being first and foremost a ‘plein air’ practitioner I turned my attention back to drawing. It was very hot however, being November, not a comfortable time in the landscape, so I rose early to beat the heat and flies, drawing upon the beautiful dawn landscape using pastel pencils (Pitt Pencils) on spinifex paper. The big skies always delight me at Curtin Springs and we were blessed with some spectacular storms. So I worked each day on drawings of Mt Connor and the so-called ’Halfway Tree’, a singular Desert Oak of magnificent proportions and significance.
With tourism being such an important part of the Curtin Springs oeuvre I played with the notions of postcards and personal narrative, developing a couple of concertina books using handmade paper, that bear reference to old fashioned fold-out post cards from my childhood. I plan to develop more of these.
As always I took lots of photos and reveled in the good creative company at Curtin Springs. I worked with Amee helping her develop concepts for textiles and clothing for her entry in Eco Fashion Week in Perth, it was fun! Amee is a courageous creative and it’s always a pleasure to work along side her. Congratulations Amee on your success at Australia’s first ever Eco Fashion Week. Well done!
See Amee’s jewellry collections: www.curtinsprings.com/curtin-springs-jewellery/
Larapinta Creative Camp at Curtin Springs Saturday 20th April – Sat 29th April 2019: Join Deborah and Amee for a creative adventure into paper making, landscape and new art making horizons: www.larapintacreativecamps.com.au