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, started up some grassroots not-for-profit projects, and have been focussing on re-making from heirloom materials, which has been incredibly rewarding. But this isn’t enough. My vision is a sustainable world that values 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 to do it in a way that has a deeper purpose.
So, every year I give back a percentage of all my profits (depending on how great a year I’ve had) to various not-for-profits.
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!
2021 – Groundswell Giving and Total Environment Centre
The Total Environment Centre (TEC) believes in a fairer, greener world for all. They’ve worked with you for over 40 years to preserve the ecosystems that support living landscapes and healthy communities across Australia. Groundswell is a giving platform for climate action. they pool their money with other passionate people to fund strategic, high-impact climate advocacy in Australia.
For 2019 and 2020 (due to COVID-19 impacts) I’m sponsoring Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP)
The PCP was founded in 2008 in recognition of the negative impact climate change was having on the peoples of Kiribati, Tuvalu and islands of the Torres Strait. The PCP strives to facilitate links between concerned people in Australia and Kiribati, Tuvalu and islands of the Torres Strait, the Pacific Islands that are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
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.