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.

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!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Butcher's Creek Mural I and II

Catastrophe Scale and High 5, great models for social and emotional learning. Yearning to do more:)

Wearable Art Winner at Atherton Show gets 2nd place at Ekka

My eco-dyed rags travelled to Brissy and came back with 2nd prize for Ekka. Thanks to my flamboyant model for all her effort in strutting her stuff on the stage. May encourage me to do more in the field. Watch out tired old woollen blankies!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Keen to keep the sugar levels low in your kids this Easter?

...Chicken eggs - craft and picnic idea....So impressed with the imprint the sage, coriander, marigold and parsley make on my hens eggs. The sage transfer could have had cleaner edges if dyed in stockings but we don't have them up here in the tropics!

A year later and the tradition is shared...