I was delighted to be the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship for 2017-18, which took me to Europe and the UK to develop artwork and fabric design, from the European botanical collections of French expeditions to Tasmania. I studied in museums and herbaria, gardens and fabric houses.
This project had cross-cultural relevance, examining interplay between art and science, and the significant unexplored botanical legacy of the d’Entrecasteaux expedition in particular.
Based on my experience, I pivoted my entire collection of botanical specimen and etchings onto fabric. Starting with silks, chiffon, cotton and linens (as well as producing new samples for my journey). My work is linked into Tasmania’s rich botanical historical record and serves as a means of deepening the cross-cultural connections between Tasmania, France, Italy and the UK.
This had long been a dream of mine, to win the Churchill Fellowship – striving for excellence in my arts practice, advocating for the plants of wild Tasmania along with the rich links to the early European botanical historical records. My project aimed to develop artwork and fabric design from European botanical collections of French expeditions to Tasmania.
Eternal thanks to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and to the many people who helped me on my journey. I brought back and shared the results of my study, including the partnerships and creative collaborations that have ensued. This was a life changing opportunity for me. I am so proud and grateful for the chance to step-up into an international sphere and bring home a new body of work for Australia.