After a career teaching science and maths and writing text books, early retirement has now given Laurie time to pursue interests in painting, printmaking and embroidery. Earlier study of botany led to inspiring botanical painting classes with Jenny Phillips. Workshops in papermaking, felting, silk paper, bookmaking, braiding, beading and various embroidery techniques have led to an interest in combining media and techniques where this serves a purpose. Recently painting, particularly botanical painting has become a priority for Laurie. She has exhibited embroidery and prints as well as botanical art at The Art of Botanical Illustration in 1994, 96, 98 and 2000; Papillon Gallery in 1995; Eltham Wirgrass Gallery in 1995, 97; Angair Exhibition 1997 (Alcoa Award for the best native species) and 1999 (Highly Commended); Botanical Art School of Melb, 1997, 99, 2000, 2001; and Town and Country Gallery Yarragon 1998.
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