I was born in Darwin in 1971. My family left after Cyclone Tracey, and I grew up in a small town in the Southwest of Western Australia called Pemberton. As a young adult I lived in Perth and then travelled around Australia before moving to South Gippsland in Victoria in 1995, where I lived and studied for 7 years. I completed a Diploma in Visual Art at the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE in 1998 and BA studies in Visual Art at the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design, Monash University Gippsland in 2000.
After completing undergraduate studies, I moved to Melbourne where I lived and worked as an Artist for over 10 years exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions. I completed a Diploma in Education at Melbourne University and taught secondary students Art at Billanook College in the outer east of Melbourne for 7 years. In 2012, I made a ‘tree change’ to the Central Highlands of Victoria and in 2013, made the transition to Primary Art Specialist. I taught at St Francis Xavier Primary School in Ballarat East for 2 years and at Aitken Creek Primary School in 2015. I was surprised at how different the primary school was from the secondary one and my ability to adapt to a new educational context encouraged me to pursue new goals with confidence.
My goal expanded to working closely with my local community to build lasting and meaningful connections as an Artist and Teacher. Since 2015 I have responded to requests from communities in my region and beyond to support people of all ages and abilities to weave in diverse environments. For example, I help families weave lavender wands at harvest festivals so that they engage with each other to celebrate an event. I also teach adults how to make baskets at community centre’s due to an increasing demand for these workshops. I have been teaching basketry to adults at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre since June 2015 and Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre since the beginning of 2019. I suggest the appeal is these workshops allow participants to slow down and experience the satisfaction of creating something hand made.