Author Archives: Rufus
A collaborative work with Gabrielle Quakawoot on Lake Cootharaba. This work asks ‘is it the space between that gives life to stars’?
Created as artists in residence, Bushland Botanic Gardens. With Beverley Hand and Bianca Bond and created especially for Bunya Dreaming event
A large ‘Red Eyed Tree Frog’ was created through a series of childrens workshops at Rossville School, culminating in a Cooktown Street Parade. Re-used for ‘Wallaby Creek Festival’, FNQ
Happy Daze Festival in conjunction with Indigenous elders commissioned a giant Wedge Tail eagle festival entry.
The Powerful Owl and the Rufous Owl co-exist in one place only- the Mackay Region. To educate and celebrate these owls a large owl’s head was created. Owl ecology and arts workshops at Calen District State College by Kris Martin … Continue reading
This project combined large scale lycra screen shield installations (Kris Martin and team), 15 traditional inspired but new Nth QLD Indigenous shield designs (UMI ARTS artists- Paul Bong, Sam Anning and Bernie Singleton Jr.) and projection arts (Paul Barron). The … Continue reading
This project was designed to tell the ancient stories of Maroochydore and surrounds through song dance, story (Gubbi Mob), in the unique setting of a contemporary Gunyah (Indigenous dwelling) made from bamboo and paperbark (Kris Martin and team) and projected … Continue reading
Commissioned to create 22 large sculptural shade umbrellas for the Tropic Venue, Woodford Folk Festival. Materials- bamboo, Cat’s Claw weed, picabeen palm and lots of sequinned fabric.
Cane Train engine lantern was created for the inaugural Horizon Festival Nambour event, leading the parade. Site specific installations for Dawn Awakening Horizon event at Coolum Beach.
A series of woven animals significant to the Sunshine Coast (Platypus, Koala, Eastern Whipbird and Pelican) were created from Cat’s Claw weed vines. Associated weed- weaving classes were held at multiple venues and events
February, 2016, an Earth Frequency commissioned project Space for Earth prayer, healing and play. Included four 3D Dreamcatchers designed by Jenna Collins and night time projection arts by Ty Evans. Materials- bamboo, picabeen palm, copper wire, string … Continue reading
October 2015 , a Festival Australia funded project. An project designed to celebrate and share the arts of the Stradbroke Island Community and share it with the wider world. Using arts to educate and foster care for the ocean and it’s … Continue reading
September 2015- Pelican and Turtle Projects Both projects were commissioned from Sunshine Coast Council and utilised weed vines as their main source material. Both these projects are aimed at educating the public about threats to native species and weeds.
September 2015- Earth Being Project, Floating Land Festival, Lake Cootharaba. Artisean was commissioned to create the ‘Earth Being’ installation for FL, 2015. It aspired to bring human attention to our earthly roots and re-inspire our earthly reconnection. Main materials bamboo … Continue reading
2015 Forest Kingfisher Stage, Bushweek Festival, FNQ A large collaborative group project created this huge ‘Bird of Paradise’ or ‘Forest Kingfisher’ Stage surrounds with over 12 core crew and 50 plus volunteers. Main materials were bamboo, coconut fronds and picabeen. … Continue reading
Earth Frequency commissioned a large two-faced head for their 2015 event. The mouths were doorways and inside the head was utilised within the festival as a space to relax and figure out -‘what’s in your head’. A fun, celebratory work.
12 decorative umbrellas and 6 giant mushrooms were created for Woodford Folk Festival 2014/15. Local Moreton Shire artists were invited to gain skills in master classes as part of the construction process. Selected pieces were later installed at Bribie Community … Continue reading
This project involved teaching students at Dunwich State School about turtle conservation through visiting experts, music workshops and hands on arts activities. It culminated in a display of students music and artwork at Island Vibe Festival. In informative Turtle Conservation … Continue reading
The Afloat Project, June 2014, was a flood and disaster recovery project for Bundaberg and affected surrounding regions. Creative Regions commissioned Artisean to create four major arts projects for four regions. Fifteen initial ‘weaving with weeds’ classes were held with over … Continue reading
A 3 metre Platypus was created with Cats Claw weed vines. Tweed shire council funded the creation of the platypus through a series of school and community workshops. The platypus was featured at the Tweed River festival.
Giant Octopus was created as a stage facade for Island Vibe festival.
This project was all about exploring ways of living sustainably in the environment, specifically around lake Cootharaba. Local Gubbi Gubbi men, Lyndon and Brent were funded to recreate a traditional bark fishing net. Kris and Simon created a series of … Continue reading
Festivals Australia project on the Fraser Coast. A family of life size Dugongs were created through a series of community workshops. The finished works featured at the Fraser Coast Festival.
A large scale, natural fibre installation commissioned by Island Vibe Festival. A multiple use space inside the lions head.
A community arts based project focusing on Cat’s Claw weed and endangered animals. A giant Mary river turtle was created for the Mary River Festival.
Sunshine Coast Council RADF ‘Green Arts’ funded a team of multi-arts artists to create a sinking ship from natural fibres. Featuring at Floating Land, at Lake Cootharaba. Kris Martin, Simon McVerry and a team created a sinking ship from natural fibres. James … Continue reading
Sunshine Coast Council contracted us to create a woven Koala at the ‘Kids Teaching Kids Conference’ from Cat’s Claw weed vines. Students from the conference learned weaving, sculpture and environmental issues such as weeds and species loss through this project.
Arts QLD funded the creation of three large Indigenous style bark canoes for the Sedge Pond at Woodford Folk Festival 2010/2011. The local Kabi Kabi artwork that was projected onto the ‘sails’ (Bunya and Shield designs) promoted the re-emerging traditional … Continue reading
Received OzCo and Redlands Shire funding to do a life size humpback whale installation for Island Vibe 2010. This project involved local Indigenous community in workshops, construction and artwork for projecting onto the whale. Inside the mouth of the whale … Continue reading
Multimedia installation commissioned by Island Vibe festival. A multiple use space inside the head, with night time projections.
An exciting project funded by Arts QLD. Collaborated with artist/ship builder Marti Carstairs, projection artist James Muller and Noonukkul Indigenous artists to create a large pirate ship from bamboo. Local Indigenous art work was projected onto the sails of the … Continue reading
A series of smaller ceremonial sculptures for events at Starlight Hall.
This work (commissioned by Barung Landcare) was a large woven Eastern Tubenose Bat (endangered local species) woven from Cat’s Claw weed vines. It was used in Barung’s yearly expo to increase awareness about the problem of weeds and highlight endangered … Continue reading
Kris received a RADF grant to do a large woven installation symbolizing reconciliation. Using weed vines, and with help from local Indigenous youth, the two large woven figures were finished and then installed (with lighting) at many small and large … Continue reading
Kris designed and created “Green Luna”, a large woven sculpture commissioned by the Woodford Folk Festival for the entranceway to the greenhouse venue. This large woven head with eyes, nose, mouth and hair was created entirely from natural materials and … Continue reading
Ten years of weaving and selling baskets, five years teaching weaving, developing technique and learning the qualities of different weaving materials. The teaching is ongoing with a current total of twenty years weaving experience and fifteen years teaching people weaving … Continue reading