I am is an interdisciplinary designer and design educator and have been a proponent of all things sustainable long before it became a buzz-word. My family and I co-created and built our straw-bale home fourteen years ago. I am a multimedia artist who curiously explores the visible and invisible forces that form things, working with various natural substances, such plant resin, bee’s wax, pollen and other materials, such as – felt- sheep wool. I am aware of the changing context and the need to find environmentally and socially sensitive ways of working and developing processes that envision more life-engendering ways of thinking and doing design. By engaging with artistic processes and deepening self -awareness I ensure that thinking does not over ride or inhibit the freedom to create.
Besides my art and design, and my teaching in various design institutions, I offer workshops in collaboration with other designers; last year Haldane Martin and this year Heath Nash. I also work with process art facilitator, Helen van Zyl and environmental and social development practitioners Al Kaplan and Sue Davidoff. Cross-Pollination is the name of the collective project which provides space in the wilderness and in the studio to explore individual and shared processes of integrating nature with the head, heart and hand. By attending to the world and our everyday lives with more consciousness and awareness ‘we can be the change we want to see in the world’.