COMMUNITY ARTIST AND LANTERN MAKER
I’ve been a community artist for … a very long time. I first met lantern makers at the end of a postgraduate year in furniture design in 1998, when the Neil Cameron Productions team were visiting Hobart to put together an event for the tall ships visit. My first project was … Handfish Dancing, a night-time lantern performance by students from Tasman District School at Nubeena. We built four 2.5m-high lantern puppets of the endangered spotted handfish, then got the community involved in creating a narrative and musical soundscape for the kids so they could tell a story around the dam.
You would know me for … the four-metre-high giraffes and the life-size elephant I made for the Myer Christmas Pageant. Also the ceiling decorations at the Taste of Tasmania. I’ve worked as the community artist of the Hobart Christmas Pageant each year for the past 17 years. The last book I read was … Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. My favourite films are … Hidden Figures and Shine. I really want to … find more projects. Life has taught me … there is no such thing as
normal. I’m about to … light some more lanterns.