Debbie lives in Dimboola and has worked as a Secondary art teacher at Dimboola, St Brigid’s College in Horsham and as an education officer at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Before teaching Debbie worked in Arts and Cultural Development for local governments in Ballarat and Melbourne. She has a BA in Visual Arts majoring in Printmaking and is inspired by her collection of op shop objects. My bat is inspired by an eclectic collection of objects scoured from local op shops or second-hand stores visited on various road trips. My last find was of a large ebonized wooden Polynesian mask with paua shell inlay. Why would someone have got rid of this? It’s amazing! My husband drives trains and I seem to be surrounded by high vis orange uniform which has influenced a playful use of colour against the black of the mask. Interpreting a wooden ornament that hangs on a wall into a design painted onto a wooden bat is the connection between my odd collection and this project for Willo industries.
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