The Giant Dragonfly Project

Printmaking as community cultural development

In 2005-2006, I was engaged by the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute as a community artist to teach a group of bush regenerators intaglio print making methods, with a focus on the endangered Giant Dragonfly Petalura gigantea.

The workshops included information about the historical and cultural associations with dragonflies around the world, dragonfly biology and habitat needs. The links between groundwater and dragonfly breeding was explored by the group, with final student works exhibited in local shop fronts as part of ArtStreet festival.