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Zela Bissett

educator.artist, Education Queensland in Gympie

Seduced by the Stalk


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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Wayward plants...

@ VOL 1 ON NOV 09, 2009

Kicking off a new series of PechaKucha Nights in London... The Wayward Plant Registry is a project of social exchange and botanical desire. A Wayward Plant, commonly referred to as a weed, is one growing where it is not wanted. They may be non-native, unsightly, invasive, high-maintenance, surplus or withering, and so are uprooted and abandoned, pulled from the earth (or pot!) as urban castaways. But wayward plants, whether common weeds, domestic breeds or rare botanical specimens, are truly in the eye of the beholder. The Wayward Plant Registry sets up Halfway Homes for these unwanted plants, and works to bring out the full potential of their beauty and meaning. The Registry considers systems of exchange, the personification of plant-life, the human stories revealed through plant migrations, and the nature of botanical desire. Know of a wayward plant? Wish to be a halfway home? Please contact:
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Dolls and Plants

@ VOL 2 ON MAY 18, 2012

Linda Spåman shares her passion for art and contemporary gardening, and as you'll see in her presentation, she finds a way to combine both.
(in Swedish)

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Plants to Art

@ VOL 1 ON JUL 20, 2012

Sophia Efímera uses her presentation to share her work, which uses the endemic species/plants found in the Mexican state of Baja California as material for her art. (in Spanish)

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How I Left the Arts and Learned to Love the Culture of Plants

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Nina Dunbar is currently the Director of Development and Communications for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. A native of New Orleans, Nina and her family moved to Santa Barbara in 2007. She was the executive director of the Santa Barbara Arts Fund for five years before joining the Botanic Garden in 2012. She currently serves as a member of the Arts Advisory Committee for the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
Nina has spent more than 25 years as an arts advocate, consultant, and administrator in the public and private sectors. She is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and holds an MA in Nonprofit Administration from the University of New Orleans. Most of her arts career was focused on public art, where she oversaw the commissioning of major site-specific art projects for Phoenix Arts Commission’s award-winning public art program and the San Francisco Arts Commission. From 1994 to 2000, she was a founder and principal in the consulting group, AMPS (Arts Management for Public Spaces), where she worked on arts policy and planning issues and public art commissions in Arizona, California and Vancouver, B.C.

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Gro Selv

@ VOL 30 ON OCT 12, 2016

Presenter Esben Pedersen talks about environmentalism and creating "green projects" and what might constitute a green project at all.

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Perspectives of Contemporary Native Art

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 06, 2017

Keith BraveHeart is from the Medicine Root District (Kyle) of the Pine Ridge reservation, SD. BraveHeart received his BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM and is currently a graduate student working towards his MFA at the University of South Dakota

 Keith structures his art to honor and celebrate senses of lifestyles & philosophies from his experiences and what he witnesses. Keith is a constant observer of the world, and searches within his abilities as an artist for a definition of "Native Art", especially in contemporary terms. Keith speaks with a voice that represents himself as a Lakota person.

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Landscapes for Better Living

@ VOL 1 ON APR 19, 2017

Kurt Vomfell shares his passion for Landscape Architecture and the subtleties behind site design, planning and vegetation. He gives us an insiders look at how landscape architects go about creating outdoor spaces that fit harmoniously with structures the surrounding lanscape.

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Can't Tell Brown from Green

@ VOL 32 ON DEC 06, 2017

Winnipeg's fabulous MC took a break from introducing their presentations to being one himself.  Carson Samson stood in the spotlight and explained to a stunned crowd that this fabulous designer, illustrator, and comically inclined human has red-green color blindness.  He discussed the ways he gets around creating palettes and to his joy that copic created a fool-proof method for him to create.  There's always a way. 

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Native Orchids of Ohio- Yes, They are Out There

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 18, 2018

Kathleen Tiller shows everyone the diversity of the wild orchid population that can be found in Ohio.