I was the artist in residence at Murray's Cottage, Hill End in May 2016.
The Hill End Artists in Residence Program is based in Hill End, NSW and made possible by the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in partnership with the Department of Environment & Heritage NSW Parks and Wildlife Services.
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Hill End is an amazing blend of gold-mining history, beautiful natural and damaged landscapes and unique architecture. The intermingling of human activity and nature is evident, with much of the architecture holding a tension between decay and renewal. Nature slowly reclaims old mining sites and buildings left unoccupied. The textures and patterns that remain are wonderful.
To begin my investigations at Hill End I made a new Dye Diary, making the colours from 25 different plants. On pieced samplers I collected the colours processed in water only and then with alum, iron and copper as mordants. I also collected the colours from each plant on threads to be used in a series of small baskets.
Drawing with leaves
May in Hill End and Murray's garden is colourful. The month started with beautiful autumn colours on many of the trees. By the end of the month most deciduous leaves had fallen leaving their winter branches. I collected and pressed leaves to make into drawings. These fallen leaves hold the bright colours and also signs of decay and insect nibbles.
May In Murray's Garden
Is a series of works made from leaves collected in the grounds of Murray's Cottage
From the threads I dyed in plants from Hill End I have made a series of small baskets. The supports are mostly made of copper, with some silver and occasional gold.
Playing with Fire