Ipswich Queensland and off to Hawaii

I travelled to Ipswich, Queensland last week (March 17) to install the huge climbing crocheted nylon webs at the Ipswich Art Gallery. These will be used by 500 + children per day for 2 months. They certainly well be well used!

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Wonderful Joel was a great help.

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In May I will heading off to Kauai, Hawaii to do workshops making 2 monk seals, these are an endangered species. Our dear friend Mark Jeffers, who owns and operates the Hawaii Story Book Theatre in Hanapepe, has commissioned me to create these seals. I will be taking along an old friend, the giant seal created over 25 years ago.

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One giant seal!

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Beautiful inside.
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An exciting and busy 2015 so far

Now near the end of March, 2015 has so far been a very busy year. On February 28 and March 1 the Goldfish and Beluga Whale provided loads of tactile fun to a sea of young children at Adelaide’s Writer’s Week. My wonderful story teller Greg Wood - dressed as “Vegetable Man” had the kiddies captivated with his stories. Two beautiful days.

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The Goldfish in all its colourful splendour.

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The Beluga Whale.

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“Vegetable Man” - my fabulous story teller Greg Wood.


Once again the Nylon Zoo appeared at Womadelaide March 6-9, this our 20 th year at this wonderful world music festival, one of the best in the world. My newly created Dung Beetle was on show, this even travelled to Naracoorte, SA for a show at Naracoorte Caves on Sunday March 8 so was a very busy weekend.

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Our site for Womadelaide.

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Beautiful on the inside.

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Bird Costume at Naracoorte.






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Fairbridge Festival

Myself and our wonderful story teller Greg Wood have just spent 2 days with the Nylon Zoo at the Fairbridge
Folk Festival, close to the town of Pinjarra, about an hours drive south of Perth in Western Australia. This
festival is in its 20th year and is WA’s premiere folk and world music festival. Most of those who attended
camp on grounds in and around the festival site giving it a wonderful family type vibe. The music was
fantastic and we were so lucky to get the gig there after Adelaide’s Womadelaide festival in March.
Hopefully we will be back in 2014.

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Greg’s story telling always has the kiddies enthralled, especially with his story the “Healthy ABC’s”.

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Some of the campers.

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The Crucifix frog is always a big favourite.

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Another colourful fulfilled costume parade.

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Mount Gambier mural workshops

We have just spent a week in the south east town of Mount Gambier, where I had workshops with local artists
and sewers to create a large mural for the 130th anniversary of the Mt Gambier horse racing club.

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Mount Gambier is renowned for its distinctive Blue Lake, one of the three lakes within the crater of an
extinct volcano. This changes colour dramatically during the year.

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One of the ladies at my workshops sewing a section of the mural depicting the Blue Lake.

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This area of the south east is popular with cave divers. Cave diving has been regarded as one of the most
dangerous sports in the world and definitely not for the faint hearted.

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This little “possum” I made to add to the mural. Many possums live in and around some of the ancient
sinkholes at Mt Gambier. One night John and I visited some of the possums with some nice raisin bread and
apples for treats. They are cute little buggers!

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What's happened in 2013


The Crucifix frog appeared at Adelaide’s Writer’s Festival beginning of March, our wonderful story teller Greg
Wood was resplendent in his vegetable suit, as he told his healthy Vegan ABC’s story. We were even featured
in a story in the UK’s Manchester Guardian, nice bit of PR.

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This was also one of the last times we caught up with dear friend and until recently our next door neighbour
Hilary O’Neill before she headed back to her home in Berlin where months of performances await her
throughout Europe, we’ll miss Hilary very much. So nice to have dance and music parties with beautiful friends,
especially when you only had to walk next door. However our new neighbours Jen and Caz are beautiful ladies,
very like minded with great community spirit. We are very fortunate.

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March 8-11 saw us back at Womadelaide for the 18th time, the fantastic world music festival is such a beautiful
peaceful time with so many great performers.

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Last week, March 20 I headed off (minus a pain stricken John - bad back) to Darwin to deliver “BEN”, the big
ear/nose for Indigenous health in Casuarina. This the 3rd such structure for Indigenous health in WA and now
NT. It was officially presented at the “Close the Gap/Charity Breakfast at the Darwin Convention Centre.

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Bye for now………
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