The Unlikely Tale of Labillardière

I thought it was all over. The leaves were on the wall, the textbooks open on display, the spotlight positioned carefully. I came back to the gallery the day after installation to find that, to my horror, some of the greener leaves had completely shrivelled up after a day in the heat on the wall.Continue reading “The Unlikely Tale of Labillardière”

Installation Day // Reflection

After what can only be described as a monumental effort, today was the day that I could finally take a step back and see, for the very first time, the completed project in its entirety. I had reached a point in semester where the clock was most definitely ticking, and time was running out toContinue reading “Installation Day // Reflection”

First Phase: Experimentation

This week saw my first attempts at experimentation for this semester’s version of the project. I selected a collection of materials from the street where I live, and used these as the medium to try out a number of different laser cut illustration designs. The designs were all edited in the software CoreIDraw. For aContinue reading “First Phase: Experimentation”

Women in ‘Stem’

I’ve grown up around flowers. Whether it were the fresh peony roses on the kitchen table from Mum’s garden, my grandmothers extensive collection of floral-inspired artworks, or the past 7 years spent working as a florist myself, my natural attraction to flora has been something of a continual presence in my life. Throughout history, theContinue reading “Women in ‘Stem’”

Janet Cosh Exhibition

The Berrima District Historical Society describes Janet Cosh as a “quiet and unassuming woman who did much to advance local history and the district’s botanical record”. The respected amateur botanist was born in 1901, and last week I visited an exhibition at the University of Wollongong displaying some of her beautiful specimen collections, botanical records,Continue reading “Janet Cosh Exhibition”

Fiona Hall – Paradisus Terrestris

As I begin this process of design and iteration, I have begun to research different artists who might bring some form of inspiration to this work. This does not necessarily mean to say artists who are laser cutting into leaves and bark, but instead, artists from whom I can draw aesthetic inspiration and ideas from.Continue reading “Fiona Hall – Paradisus Terrestris”

Initial Thoughts and Iterations

Last session, I experimented with cutting into materials which have not previously been used, pushing the boundaries of what the laser cutter is capable of and testing out what would happen as a result. Things such as leaves, bark and other pieces of natural resources were primarily what I was working with. At the time,Continue reading “Initial Thoughts and Iterations”