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A surprise from Australia

I’ve had a nice message from someone called Katie Sharples in Perth, Australia. She recently ran some workshops with young school children using my work for inspiration and has kindly shared their resulting prints.

There is something rather nice about having my artwork used to inspire school children on the other side of the planet. And it is particularly nice to be told when this sort of thing happens. Katie says that “The pastel print is Pre Primary and the other ones are year 1 and 2” and that “they really enjoyed the project.”

Perth students 0Here’s the examples of the children’s work that was sent to me. I trust you agree that the results are great! As Dorinda Mc Cormack said on my facebook page “We can underestimate what children can do when given the right guidance and example.”

Perth students 1         Perth students 2  

Perth students 3-001

You can see that the little animals are drawn on tissue paper and are added during the printing process because the ink goes over the tissue paper.


The school is the Methodist Ladies College in Perth.




I believe that inspiration was taken from seeing some of my most recent artwork posted on my Facebook page. These feature small hedgerow animals as drypoint printed onto tissue paper and hand coloured, then used as chine collè with mono print hedgerow plants.

Devon Ecologies I
Devon Ecologies I
Ecologies II
Devon Ecologies II
Devon Ecologies III
Devon Ecologies III



In light of new research that suggests that pesticides (especially neonicotinoids) are contaminating hedgerows, I think I shall be continuing to focus my creative output on studying hedgerows for some time. Their value still needs to be recognised & properly cherished. If I can inspire school children anywhere in the world to delight in noticing the “bugs” and “weeds” in their own back yards all the better.


I have a question for you… In which of my portfolios should I put these three large mono prints? Wonder Weeds or Hedgerows – they could legitimately fit in either and I’m being indecisive…


Comments welcome.








Devon Ecologies I. Detail
Devon Ecologies I. Detail
Devon Ecologies III. Detail
Devon Ecologies III. Detail

Lynn Bailey

Through my artwork I look to say something about the environment - explore how we interact, use, abuse and collaborate with the natural world around us. This has taken me to increasingly focus on the small ubiquitous and often reviled weeds and bugs that form the foundation and engine-room of ecosystems. I use a wide range of printmaking techniques – both traditional and innovative, often creating complex one off prints. ****** Co-founder and director of Double Elephant Print Workshop since 1997. Originally trained in Conservation of Prints and Drawings 1980 -1982. Studied Fine art at University of Plymouth 1993 -1996.

4 thoughts to “A surprise from Australia”

  1. Hello Lynn
    I am Katie’s mother and she showed me the artwork too, I am blow away by some of the work that the children do. Not only do the learn to be creative and successfully too it they learn the process and they learn and become familiar with artists and their work. I love your work and your response to Katie
    Kind regards
    Michele Martin

    1. Thank you Michele.
      I think there’s something magical about printmaking in particular. It can be therapeutic and empowering whatever your age. Though it can be a shame how some adults loose the freedom to play.

  2. Hi Lynn
    I am the Art Teacher at Methodist Ladies’ College in Claremont, Western Australia where Katie Sharples did her workshops. I am delighted by your response and posting the children’s artworks on your blog page.
    I have written a short article for our weekly online College newsletter titled the ‘Wyvern’ and included a link to your blog page. It will be published on Friday 6 November should you care to look.

    Thanks for being such an inspiration to our students.
    Best wishes

    Margot Teusner
    Teacher of Creative Arts
    Methodist Ladies’ College

    1. Thank you Margot,
      There’s something rather nice about having my artwork used to inspire youngsters. It is particularly nice to be told that this has happened and to see the results. I used to teach art to this age range – but it’s been a while……. I shall look out for your newsletter. 🙂

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