I love making objects that bring joy to people, that challenge ways of thinking and doing, it keeps me sane. I’m a stand for the importance of the arts and supporting the talented artists in my gallery. I believe in a creative, connective community. However, making more stuff is in opposition to the environmental crisis that surrounds us. I question the validity of making when there is so much already in existence. Our planet is suffocating from our obsession with consumption. I’ve been working towards doing things a little diﬀerently for some time now. I’ve become involved with the Repair Café movement and have been focussing on re-making from heirloom materials, which has been incredibly rewarding. But this isn’t enough. My vision is a world where everything is explored using creativity. I don’t want to stop making. I want to be able to play and explore and I want to continue supporting others who do the same. BUT I need do it in a way that has a deeper purpose.
So, every year I give back 10% of all my profits to a different charity.
This re-framing of my practice creates more of a synergy between my professional making and my personal values. It’s progress towards a more abundant future.
I have a new deeper purpose to create; with the knowledge that my supporters will know that every time they contribute to my practice, they’re not only supporting creativity and the handmade movement, but they’re doing some social good and making the planet a better place for all of us!
I’m incredibly excited that the Environmental Defenders Office of NSW is partnering with me for 2018. For more than 30 years, these achievers have been defending the environment and advancing the law. They provide free legal advice to more than 1,000 individuals and community groups across NSW. They operate an Aboriginal Engagement Program, a Scientific Advisory Service, an Outreach Program and an International Program providing assistance to legal groups in the south Pacific.