Recently I spent a fun afternoon at Tiffaney Bishop Collectivewith the STUDIO SCHOOL students, tbC artists and mentors. We were challenged to make an artwork with beautiful vintage books kindly donated by a local tbC supporter. I had been provided with a beautiful Chinese painting book, which inspired this painting. The text is an analysis of Chinese landscape painters and poets over several centuries and describes the different approaches to their artwork. I cut the page into three sections, glued it with conservation Japanese rice paste onto unryushi paper, then painted a very simple gum tree branch over the top, embellished with some subtle decorative elements. A little bit of Australiana inspired by traditional Chinese ink paintings. A very quick two hour project (with my little Oliver blissfully experimenting with watercolour pencils and collaborating with tbC’s Tim Willis)!

The other project floating around the room was a quant little book of garden poetry. It was passed around for us all to add something of our own to a page. Here are a few…(photos by Tiffaney Bishop).


For more information about the Studio School, contact Tiffaney Bishop at Tiffaney Bishop Collective.

Art Director - 'Time Warped' 

Ferny Creek Primary School Production 2017

For someone who loves the theatre, this job is a dream!! As Art Director (and parent), I work closely with staff, students and parents to produce a whole school production. It takes over all of term 3, and everyone is involved. I design mood boards with colours and themes that sets the tone for the show. We shop for fabric, paint, materials, design costumes, make sets and props. The children design the backdrops which are projected onto the back wall of the theatre.

The show is put on at Burrinja's theatre, and tickets sell out fast! Over two nights, the children perform their hearts out, with parents and teachers helping not only backstage

but with lights and sound, filming, photography, and kid wrangling. It is a massive amount of work for all teachers, staff and parents who work night and day to make it the best show possible. It's the best experience, and I feel so privileged to be involved.

Here is a collection of images showing the progress, from my concept sketches to the backdrop artwork, costume development, rehearsals, and some final images of the performances.