Using two verses from the classic poem by Dorothea Mackellar, A Sunburnt Country, I have tried to capture what is quintessentially Australia for me.
Using the Australian gum leaf as a motif for the land, I used words picked out from pages of an old damaged book titled, New land New Language compiled by Judith Wright, published in 1957. These words give meaning to the vast contrasting landscapes I call home.
The gum leaves are cut out from my Lino Printed imagery and then bound using silk cotton thread which I have eco dyed using gum leaves.
The cover is handmade paper made from cotton thread and apple fibre.
The complexity & simplicity of the finished book represents our homeland in many facets. Come and discover for yourself.
I hope you have the opportunity to visit my country if you haven't already and experience some of these beautiful landscapes.
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