After many years spent working as a Project Coordinator and later marketing within the construction industry, a choice to focus solely on an art career has lead Jodie towards an environmentally sustainable practice together with a nature inspired philosophy. Her motto that ‘there is nothing wrong in art’ reminds us that the creative process is just that, a process. It is about taking the time to explore creativity in order to find a balance within our modern day lives. Through community projects, classes, workshops, art residencies, consultancy, public speaking and artwork, Jodie shares her thoughts and practices with the hope of encouraging others to find their balance through the use of creative activity.
Her work as an artist is varied and includes illustration and writing. She is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Western Australian chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and served for two years on the Children’s Book Council of Australia – Western Australia committee (CBCAWA). She is also member of CANWA (Community Arts Network Western Australia) and supports regional arts.
Her love of music lead her to represent music artists from WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) prior to becoming more heavily involved in community projects and working with schools. Her arts practice incorporates sculpture, printmaking, painting, textiles and drawing. Her preference is to work with freely sourced materials and discards where possible including recycled wire, plant fibres, paper, textiles and wood. This supports her belief that we each have a responsibility to work in harmony with our environment and limit what we are sending to landfill. She continues to experiment with salvaged rubber, cardboard, x-rays, metal and plastics as art materials.
Workshops follow the same non materialistic philosophy in an attempt to encourage each generation to be aware of their place within an often fragile ecosystem. Jodie’s belief is that there is a curious child who resides within the imagination of all of us who longs to ‘play’. Life is about a finding a balance between work and play,
creativity and academics, progress and conservation. This is evident in her work with schools for Awesome Arts, FORM – building a state of creativity, City of Stirling, City of Joondalup, City of Mandurah, as a Teaching Artist for Balcatta Senior High School’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program and conducting workshops for local and regional councils and arts festivals.
Whether speaking as part of TEDxUWA or at schools, during workshops or to the media, Jodie’s love for the arts is more than just teaching or updating skills, it is about encouraging experimentation, discovery, having a belief in self and most importantly enjoying the process.