On Monday I commenced a 2.5 week residency at Plantbank, located at The Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan in SW Sydney.
|Diversity wall at PLantbanks Foyer.|
This follows an intensely rewarding residency conducted here at virtually the same time last year. The drive from Brisbane was a drawn out over three days to visit friends along the way and take in the landscape of NSW where I grew up and lived for many years.
|Saturday night stopover in Newcastle.|
Yesterday was a series of lively conversations, catching up with familiar people, settling in to onsite accommodation & creating a workspace in the Plantbank Staff work area which is expansive and has wonderful natural light streaming in.
|Seed-collecting shelf next to my work desk at Plantbank ... looking out to the Garden.|
I managed to fit in a two hour walk in the Connections Gardens seed collecting and taking photos in the afternoon but last night by 6.30pm I was ready for a simple dinner in the Residency flat & catching a couple of TV programs, too tired to even write on my laptop.
Today was more conversations, reading material and another quick trip to find seedpods.
|Sophora tomentosa found today in the Wattle Garden.|
Near the staff Kitchen at Plantbank I set up a drawing table and placed a large sheet of paper, sepia ink, seed pods and twigs for drawing implements. Everyone is invited to contribute to this #BigSeedDrawing.
After a few staff had dropped by and made a start of this communal Seed drawing which will be completed by the time I leave.
|Gum blossoms via Instagram and Apps.|
|Callerya megasperma found Monday in the Garden.|
|From Plantbank Seed Material|
Gmelina leichardtii .... found in the Gardens on Monday.
You can follow the residency through extensive posts with images on my
FACEBOOK PAGE: Homage to the Seed
at TWITTER: https://twitter.com/sophiemunns
Instagram will also have some posts.
READ ABOUT THE WORKSHOP HERE:
I'm here till May 27th. Look out for the Workshop details on May 23 + 24... places left if you are local!
MORE INFO HERE AT EVENT PAGE.