Everyone is born creative

But it's an instinct that gets crushed in so many people, often at school. Little kids love to draw, but by high school so many kids have decided that they can't draw. 

 

The tighter people hold onto their perfectionism, the more their work becomes stiff and brittle and unoriginal. It's hard to create if your inner critic is hissing in your ear all the time.

 

I've designed my imperfect workshops to loosen and lighten you up, to rid you of the demon of perfectionism that's squatting on your shoulder.

LookDrawPrint and EveryoneCanDraw are hands-on experiences for the creatively curious, where I teach how to embrace chance and imperfection and focus on process.

My workshops gently ease you back into a more forgiving mindset, allow to you to experience flow and to create something uniquely yours, made with your own hands.

Imperfect workshops are about creative recovery

Everyone can draw, even with their eyes closed. Even standing on one leg. Even with one arm tied behind their back. You'll see. 

I've designed this experimental drawing workshop to help you get drawing again, tapping into the pure pleasure of responding to what you see. You'll be drawing in a way that's loose and fluid, intuitive and gestural. It will probably get messy and it will definitely feel good. 

Everyone

Can Draw

Some of my LookDrawPrint workshops happen in Sydney and some are held further afield. Over the years I've taught all over the country - at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Koskela and North Sydney Community Centre in Sydney, Ministry of Handmade and Side Gallery in Brisbane, Armidale Regional Gallery, Grampians Texture at Halls Gap, Newcastle Art Space and a wee church hall in Coonamble. 

Scroll down to see what I've got coming up...

When and where

My favourite place to run a workshop is in my studio space in Blackheath NSW, right next to the Blue Mountains National Park above the Grand Canyon Walk.

 

There are some planned workshops listed below, but if you want a bespoke workshop, please get in touch.

 

And if you do one of my Blue Mountains workshops, the best thing is, you can also book to stay on our land in one of our cosy ironstone cabins. 

Workshops at my place

Upcoming Events
Sat, Sep 12
Rough Track Workshop
Blue Mountains LookDrawPrint Workshop - September 12
In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a multi-layered motif of your own creation printed on fabric, like this beautiful piece made by Anna at a Rough Track workshop.
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Sat, Sep 19
Rough Track Workshop
Blue Mountains LookDrawPrint Workshop September 19
In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a multi-layered motif of your own creation printed on fabric, like this beautiful piece made by Jodie at the Happenstore.
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Sat, Oct 10
Rough Track Workshop
EveryoneCanDraw - October 10
When we were little kids, we all drew. It felt good and natural - it is - and you can get back there. Past the self consciousness and back to the great pleasure and flow of drawing, in a way that's loose and intuitive. There's six spots for this experimental drawing workshop on a Saturday morning.
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Sun, Oct 11
Rough Track Workshop
EveryoneCanDraw - October 11
When we were little kids, we all drew. It felt good and natural - it is - and you can get back there. Past the self-consciousness and back to the great pleasure and flow of drawing, in a way that's loose and intuitive. There are six spots for this experimental drawing workshop on a Saturday.
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Sat, Feb 13
Kara Wood's workshop Block O
LookDrawPrint Fabric + Clay Workshop Newcastle FEB 13+14 2021
I've teamed up with Kara Wood to offer up this double workshop in Newcastle. Over two days you'll create artwork from scratch for both fabric and clay, like this lovely work by Julie. (Not me, another Julie.)
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Sat, Feb 22
Australian Design Centre
SweetSpot Collaborative Printmaking Workshop
Collaborate with me to make a length of fabric from my cut paper stencils for new prototype designs, which I will have developed that very week, in situ at the Australian Design Centre.
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Sun, Feb 16
The Happenstore
LookDrawPrint Workshop February at The Happenstore
In this day long workshop you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a multi-layered composition of your own creation printed on linen. Only eight spots for this lovely inner west workshop, so book early.
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Sun, Feb 02
The Happenstore
EveryoneCanDraw February at The Happenstore - SOLD OUT!
When we were little kids, we all drew. It felt good and natural - it is - and you can get back there. Past the self consciousness and back to the great pleasure and flow of drawing in a way that's loose and intuitive. There's fifteen spots for this experimental drawing workshop on a Sunday arvo.
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Sat, Dec 07
Rough Track Workshop
Blue Mountains LookDrawPrint December
In this final workshop for 2019, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants step by step and leave with a multi-layered artwork of your own creation, printed on fabric, like these fab pieces made by the hard working ladies at Hall Gap last year.
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Sat, Nov 30
Rough Track Workshop
Blue Mountains LookDrawPrint Workshop November 30
In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a multi-layered motif of your own creation printed on fabric, like this beautiful piece made by Erika at my most recent Rough Track workshop in June.
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Sat, Nov 02
Kara Woods workshop Block O
Newcastle LookDrawPrint Fabric + Clay Workshop November 2 + 3
SOLD OUT! This new double workshop, based in Newcastle and running over two days, combines creating artwork from scratch for fabric and clay.
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Sun, Oct 13
The Happenstore
Sydney Craft Week LookDrawPrint Workshop October 13 at The Happenstore
SOLD OUT! In this day long workshop you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a multi-layered composition of your own creation printed on linen. This workshop is part of Sydney Craft Week.
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Sat, Sep 28
Rough Track Workshop
Blue Mountains LookDrawPrint Motif Workshop September 28
In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like this beautiful piece made by Fiona at my Grampians Texture workshop.
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Sun, Sep 22
North Sydney Community Centre
LookDrawPrint Workshop September 22nd at North Sydney Community Centre
In this day long workshop you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a multi-layered prototype textile design of your own creation, printed on linen.
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Sat, Aug 10
Rough Track Workshop
Blue Mountains LookDrawPrint Motif Workshop August
In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like this beautiful piece made by Tanya at my last North Sydney workshop.
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Sun, Jul 07
Side Gallery
Brisbane Look Draw Print Workshop Sunday
WORKSHOP SOLD OUT! In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric.
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Sat, Jul 06
Side Gallery
Brisbane Look Draw Print Workshop Saturday
WORKSHOP SOLD OUT! In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like this beauty made by Danielle Rochecouste in early May.
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Sat, Jun 22
Rough Track Workshop
Blue Mountains LookDrawPrint Motif Workshop June
WORKSHOP SOLD OUT, SORRY! In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like this lovely Kara Wood piece, made at my March workshop.
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Sat, May 11
Side Gallery
Brisbane LookDrawPrint Motif Workshop
In this new, small group workshop, originally developed for the Sydney Design Festival, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric.
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Sat, Apr 06
Rough Track Workshop
Blue Mountains LookDrawPrint Motif Workshop
In this small group workshop, originally developed for the Sydney Design Festival, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric. Only six spots, so book early!
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Sat, Mar 09
Rough Track Workshop
Sydney Design Festival LookDrawPrint Motif Workshop
In this new, small group workshop, developed for the Sydney Design Festival, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric. Only six spots for this class, so book early!
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Sun, Feb 24
North Sydney Centre
North Sydney Centre LookDrawPrint Repeat Workshop
The original one-day imperfect workshop. I'll guide you through the stages of the creative process I've been using for more than 20 years. You begin with a drawing and leave with a repeated prototype textile design of your own printed on fabric.
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upcoming workshops

 
Everyone is born creative, and every day is an opportunity to perform a new creative act.

- The Imperfect Manifesto -

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