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Zela Bissett

educator.artist, Education Queensland in Gympie Australia

Susan Zela Bissett (Zela) is an educator, writer and artist with a lifetime of involvement in environmental education and advocacy. Zela was born on Butchulla Country in Maryborough and learned about activism sharing a tent on Fraser Island with her High School Principal, Miss Mary Hansen, in the struggle to save Fraser Island from sand mining. She has worked as an artist, educator, biodynamic orchardist, slow food cook, studio potter and consultant. She is passionate about sustainable lifestyles, maintaining habitat for wildlife and about unleashing the creativity in all of us.

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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.