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Reading Clouds: Floating Middens

BY JAMES MULLER
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 20, 2017

James Muller is an artist and videographer based on the Sunshine Coast.  Since 2003 James has been involved in the ongoing evolution of the ‘Floating Land’ ephemeral sculpture program. A key focus of James' artistic practice is the exploration cultural connections to place or landscape.  At Floating Land 2013 James collaborated with renowned New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery to create ‘Reading Clouds : Floating Middens’.  James presented a retrospective of this project, with voice over via the phone, as he was held up with preparing his work for this year's Floating Land program!  

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Life on the edge!

BY NICOLA MOSS
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 20, 2017

Nicola Moss is a visual artist and regular tree hugger with a burning question – What is sustainability? Visiting natural areas and green space along the south-east Queensland coast for the past decade, she ponders possible futures where conservation and development find balance. Initially speaking about ecological problems, Nicola’s practice took a shift in 2015. A sensory experience on the edge of Moreton Bay prompted a new optimism. Her works reflect on the sense of well-being, contact with green space, can provide in our everyday lives. Nicola engages audiences in considering and celebrating the value of healthy environment. Her exhibition ‘Life on the edge’ responds to the Lost and Found theme – although many pristine environments have been lost, Nicola has found communities are able to create healthy environments!

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Seduced by the Stalk

BY ZELA BISSETT
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 20, 2017

Zela Bissett is a versatile artist who works principally with paper, which she makes using local plants that she cooks, pounds and shapes herself. Her botanical handmade papers retain a unique character from the original plant, often complemented by the addition of earths, ochres and recycled waste paper. Zela then uses her paper in a range of art practices including casting (relief shapes in plaster), paper sculpture, collage, paintings, cards and artist books.

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Music to the World - the Paza project!

BY TIM NIXON
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 20, 2017

With the project Paza, Tim Nixon aims to help financially and technologically marginalised musicians gain access to global music markets, make sales and get paid. Paza was born out of a desire to help his friend Daniel, a musician in Nairobi, who was sending Tim tracks to play on his weekly radio show, but was not capitalising financially from the amazing music he was making. Daniel was unable to setup the necessary structures to moneytise his music and so four year journey to solve Daniel’s problem began.  Paza is the result.

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Wasteland or wonderland – art, activism and wildflower women!

BY SUE DAVIS
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 20, 2017

Queensland’s native wildflowers have often been overlooked and undervalued and if it hadn’t been for the efforts of artists and activists they would have been lost forever. In this presentation, Sue Davis will share examples of artistry and activism that drove efforts to reduce the loss of the unique wallum heathlands of the Sunshine Coast. The work of ‘wild/flower women’ such as writer/artist Kathleen McArthur and famous Australian poet Judith Wright helped profile these special environments.  Sue believes that finding out about what they did can still inspire us today.

Art works, books, ephemera & some photographs courtesy of:

•Hugh McArthur
•Alexandra Moreno
•Meredith McKinney
•The Fryer Library, University of Queensland Library 
(and the presenter)!
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The Planting - growing a green festival of living!

BY MANDI MCINTYRE
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

Growing from a weekend working bee into Woodfordia’s second flagship festival, The Planting is emerging as a distinctive celebration of innovation in the arts, humanities and earth sciences. Mandi McIntyre is a Cultural Producer, keenly interested in social, economic and cultural development and exchange in our societies and she heads the programme for The Planting Festival, which has grown out of the work and ethos of the Woodford Folk Festival.

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Pulp, Trash, Love!

BY ANDREW LEAVOLD
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

"It all started with a mad dream, and somehow I managed to get that out of the ether and onto the big screen. It's a kind of an alchemy and a magical process when you think about. Dreams can come true, even if they are horribly true."

In Pulp, Trash, Love! from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 19, we hear from Andrew Leavold, an unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema. Documenting his hunt for the enigmatic two-foot-nine Filipino James Bond, Andrew has since toured the world with his feature length documentary The Search For Weng Weng (2013). A PhD candidate at Brisbane's Griffith University, Leavold's thesis is soon to be published as a book entitled "Bamboo Gods And Bionic Boys: A History Of Pulp Film-making In The Philippines”.  Now based in Maroochydore, Andrew Leavold owned and managed Brisbane's Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a film-maker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, TV presenter, and above all, pulp cinema devotee. 

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A Fashion Vision - Bespoke, Local and Global

BY ALEX MEARING
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

"I just felt like there was something else in me that needed to be expressed and released to the world."

In A Fashion Vision - Bespoke, Local and Global from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 19, Alex Mearing talks about her vision for her work and how she has been building her brand and using social media to create and capture a market all over the world.

Based on the Sunshine Coast but with a global vision, Alex is a fashion designer who handcrafts made to measure, individually designed gowns and one of a kind wedding dresses. She also has a swimwear label called Klams. While she produces these in Brisbane, she sells them exclusively online through her website.  

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Thangka + contemporary

BY DAMIEN PASCOE
@ VOL 22 ON AUG 02, 2017

Tibetan art or 'Thangka Painting' is more commonly used in its traditional form as a meditation support for practitioners, but what happens when you introduce an artistic culture that has been alive for centuries into a contemporary western paradigm. Here the artist Damien Pascoe will talk about the preservation of culture through his work, and why it is important to continue.

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Nature weavers

BY CARLY GARNER
@ VOL 20 ON APR 05, 2017

Natureweavers is an award winning forest school program for children and families that combines environmental education, nature connection and regional sustainability. Based in Black Mountain, Carly Garner and her team have been working with children in wildspace since 2010. Their programs include a weekly bush kinder, a monthly WildPlayGroup, Saturday sessions, seasonal celebrations, overnight camps and holiday programs. Carly is also a member of the International Association of Nature Pedagogy and advisor to the Forest School Alliance.  In her presentation, Carly talks about her innovative approach to environmental education with kids taking risks and getting down and dirty! 

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The Trashy Artisan

BY LUCY YULE
@ VOL 20 ON APR 05, 2017

Dolls were never Lucy Yule’s thing, instead she climbed trees, built cubbies and caught bugs in her bug catcher. She went on to study horticulture and developed a special interest in Ethnobotany, moving on to running a ‘school’ at a climate controlled vegetable farm on the edge of the Abu Dhabi Empty Quarter. After returning to Australia Lucy worked in a factory and was gob-smacked at the amount of discard that went into landfill. She therefore decided to create a Social Enterprise that channels commercial discards away from landfill and towards schools, artists and creatives. She shares with us her plans and visions for what has become known as ‘The Trashy Artisan’. 

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Backyard Farms and Ethical Groceries

BY BEN SIRL
@ VOL 20 ON APR 05, 2017

Be inspired by the the work of Ben Sirl and Renae who are champions of urban agriculture and ethical grocery and have set up a small ethical grocery store in Palmwoods on the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast (Australia). For the past 4 years they have been running their ‘Backyard Farms Project’. Coming from a previous life working in broad acre agriculture industry and high density urbanised areas, Ben was witness to the destruction of our rural lands and rise of urban environments. Through the Backyard Farms Project, he and Renae encourage urban agriculture through inviting customers to bring in high quality excess produce in exchange for other grocery items. Ben feels a sense of urgency and responsibility to share their experiences in the hope it may seed change for other communities as well. 

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