Deanna Maich-Kohler - the driver but I take passengers!

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Environmental Artist Deanna Maich-Kohler is a registered teacher and offers environmental workshops in her local region of Atherton. Her workshops are available as one on one of group over most holidays. The include: eco dyeing cloth, natural dye painting, upcycling clothes, hapa-zome (hammered plant prints). "The lack of legislation around plastics and toxins in landfill and our marine world can be overbearing. Changing our language and habits are things we can do to make this world more liveable for future generations" Deanna delivers workshops not only focussing on new skills, but investigating where we source our arts supplies, the role we play in maintaining a healthy environment, and how we can influence others with environmental choices. Deanna has an undergraduate degree in languages and theatre, a diploma in arts and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She is one of the founding members of ACAC - Atherton Childrens Art Club, which was established in 2014. She has recently (Dec 2017) illustrated three of her sister's books - Bianca Begovich.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Ephemeral banana and eucalypt mandala

Inspired by a FB post of James Blunt art. Materials: Banana bell (male bud) with lines of male flowers inside (these produce the pollen) and red banana bell bracts (modified leaves), eucalypt leaves/buds and flowers (in the middle), and charcoal. Today a couple of terrific home-schoolers and I had a wonderful exercise in collection, categorising, clearing (raking) leveling, placement, pattern recognition, spacing, measuring, preparing, botany, dissection, ephemeral art, environmental awareness and patience.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Eco-dye without salts in a copper bath on wool

I was interested to see what would happen if I only used copper items in the bath with singapore daisy and then 'wood square' wrapped the wool with raggedy anne, carob leaves, poinciana and Tassie cordata. Very subtle colourings...I think I will overdye using a iron bath...

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Blocks screws and old plastic hose

At Atherton Children's Art Club - we created some wonderful 3D sculptures from dump polypipe, black beans, fire tree pods, screws and washers. Mostly natural and only had to buy a few screws and a drill bit that cracked mercilessly in half:) I love the way one student (6 years) attached the blackbean pods as wings. Some kids experienced using screwdrivers for the first time. The flame tree pods made wonderful mouths and when  screws came through from the eyes, simultaneously teeth appeared. Assemblage with these objects was so quick - another students put 3 pieces together in the two hours.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Woollen shoulder bag - eco dyed in copper pot and embellished.

Woollen eco-dyed bag second place in Ekka last year....gifted to the model.

Eco dyed blanket bag

Some hand seed stitch and some machine leaf stitch. Eco dyed and embossed with poinciana. Woollen blanket shell and inner cotton. Shoulder bag - phone and wallet. Hot off the machine yesterday. Getting ready for the market.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Collaboration with sister Bianca now available!

Thanks sis for always being true to yourself and the planet and giving me the opportunity to help out by illustrating for you. Together we created enough FB/email/skype generative language to sink a ship. The ship is not sinking however, it is afloat and like the Sea Shepherd is gaining momentum. She and I are convinced we must all wake up and play our role in the respect and landcare our planet requires for our childrens' existence. Books are NZ$8.90 each or $25 for the series of three. The Honey Hub, The Never-ending Sunflower and The Cool Pool - message me if you want them.  Previews (two pages) and Bianca's website To buy directly, go to

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Rosie Omundsen and the humble coconut

Rosie Omundsen you are a wonderful teacher. Paula Shirley this is something Butcher's Creek kids would love? Rosie has such knowledge of all things wonderful on all levels: environmental, community, connectivity, stories, history, ephemera...and baking! Thanks so much for the wonderful coconut frond weaving workshop. A great way to meditate and connect with a like-minded person. I am so lucky to have met you. Such an inspiration. Who would have thought the humble coconut plant could be used as a mat, ball, basket, coconut pulp squeezer, house timber, broom bristles....infinite possibilities!