The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

About Me

I am interested in the wholeness of living not in the individual parts, and as such I believe my arts practice should as much as possible reflect this belief. It was with this in mind that I began my search for media that would reflect my ideals, ones that would not compromise my personal sense of integrity. I continually search for more organic, sustainable media with a low environmental impact. So far the media I have found to use are soy (made myself from dried soya beans) & cow’s (casein) milk paint and earth pigments; a mixture of beeswax, pure gum turpentine and pigment; beeswax and dammar resin used hot as encaustic medium; xanthorrhea resin dissolved in methylated spirits; charcoal; starch resist; and natural dyes for which I collect the raw materials myself. I am looking at ways to use as little in the way of chemical mordants in my dye practice as advocated by artist India Flint who first alerted me to the adverse environmental effects of this area of natural dyeing. I will also eventually replace the earth pigments with reduced natural dyes.

Eventually I hope to produce a body of work that is entirely organic as well as ecologically sustainable, with a low environmental impact and be able to share that knowledge with others.

Address                           PO Box 321 Cardwell, Qld, 4849
Phone                              0401424751

2000-2004                        EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY
                                       BAVA (Textiles)
1997                                North Metropolitan College of TAFE
                                       Design 100, Jewellery 100, Printmaking 100, Textiles 100
1993                                Albury TAFE
                                       Applied Clothing Design

1991-1992                        Albury TAFE
                                       Certificate in Women’s Clothing Assembly

Additional Courses:
2016                             Paper & Book Alchemy, Velma Bolyard, Grampians, Vic

2014                             Tactile Notebooks, Sandra Blownlee, Goolwa, SA
                                     Tea and Sandwiches, Elizabeth Bunsen, Ballarat, Vic

2012                             Making Marks, Dorothy Caldwell, Bunya, QLD
 Encaustic, Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Blue Mountains, NSW

2011                             Plaster Workshop, Judy Wise and Stephanie Lee, online

2010                              Idea to Form... Sandy Webster, Geelong, Vic

2009                             Palimpsest, Glenys Mann, Launceston, Tas.

2008                              Out of The Box, Glen Skein, Bunbury, WA.
                                     Printmaking Cert 3, Great Southern TAFE.

2007                              Feltmaking, Louise Snook, Fremantle, WA

2006                              East West Eco-Chic, India Flint, Adelaide, SA.
                                     Uthando Doll Project, S. Fremantle, WA.
2005                              Creating Fabric with Food, Bridget Waters, Ardross, WA.
                                     Eco-Sustainable Dye Practice, India Flint, Bunbury, WA.               
                                     Fragile Objects Earth Coverings, Glenys Mann, Dwellingup
2004                              Mudcloth, Judy Dominic, Geelong, Victoria.
                                     Paper Clay, Graham Hay, Menora, WA.
                                     Starch Resist, Leanne Bray, Menora, WA.


2016                             Wax and Plaster Books, Old Butter Factory, Denmark, WA
                                    Rag Pages, Old Butter Factory, Denmark WA
                                    Natural Dye Mixed Media, Contextart, Blue Mountains, NSW
                                    Plaster and Wax Books, Contectart, Blue Mountains, NSW

2015                             Eco-Dyeing, Burdekin Quilters, Ayr, QLD
                                    Wax and Plaster Books, Elements Studio, Ingham, QLD
                                    Eco-Dyeing, Wrapt Retreat, Yeppoon, QLD

2014                             All Natural Mixed Media, Grampians Textures Halls Gap, Vic
                                    All Natural Mixed Media, Stirling Council, WA
                                    All Natural Mixed Media, Open Drawer, Melbourne, Vic
Eco-Dyeing, Open Drawer, Melbourne, Vic
Eco-Dying, Elements Studio, Ingham, QLD

2013                             Workshop Wednesday, Soewn Earth Studio, Kentdale WA
                                    Eco – Dyeing, Grampians Textures Halls Gap, Vic
                                    Hot Wax Great Southern, Albany, WA

2012                             Eco-Dyeing, Contextart, Blue Mountains, NSW
2011                             Eco-Dyeing, OpenDrawer, Melbourne, Vic
                                    Natural Paint, Stitching & Beyond, Kingston, Tas
                                    Eco-Dyeing, Stitching & Beyond, Kingston, Tas
2010                             Natural Paint, Tasmanian Basketmakers, Pt Sorrel, Tas
                                    Eco-Dyeing, Tin Shed, Invermay, Tas  

2006 -2007                    Eco Dyeing, The Meeting Place, Sth Fremantle.


2016                             Still Life, Beth Hulme Gallery, Nth Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC

2015                             Mission Arts Prize, Mission Beach, QLD, 2 awards

2013                             Hot Wax Great Southern, Albany, WA

2012                             Vancouver Arts Centennial Art Prize, Albany, WA, award
                                    Brave New Works, Denmark, WA

2011                             Natural Earth, Open Drawer, Melbourne, Vic

2009                             Tasmanian Basket Makers, Travelling Exhibition, Tas

2008                             Brave New Works 15, Denmark Visitors Centre, WA    
                                    The Power of Stitch, Mandurah Art Gallery, WA

2006                             Fragile Objects Earth Coverings, Mandurah Art Gallery WA
                                    Fragile Objects Earth Coverings, Ararat Regional Gallery, VIC
                                    Fragile Objects Earth Coverings, Mahara Gallery, Kapiti's District                    
                                    Gallery, Waikanae NZ

2004                             Grad Show, Edith Cowan University, WA
                                    get bagged. Edith Cowan University, WA

2003                             Stitched and Bound, Western Australian Quilters Association,                                                                              
                                    Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA

2003                             Step Outside, Western Australian Fibre and Textiles Association,
                                    Old Bakery on Eighth Gallery, Maylands, WA

2002                            .boxed, WAAPA, Spectrum, Highgate, WA
                                   Community Art Exhibition, City Of Joondalup

Representation                        Moombaki, Denmark, WA
Butter Factory, Denmark, WA
                                    Opendrawer, Melbourne Vic
                                    Mission Arts, Mission Beach, QLD
                                    Cardwell Gallery, Cardwell, QLD

Publications:                Down Under Textiles, Feb/March 2012 article and images
                                    Down Under Textiles May/June 2012 article and images
                                    Presence, Spiritual Directors International, March 2012, image
                                    Textile Magazine, Issue 108, November 2012, article       


2013                          Vancouver Art Centre, Albany WA

Memberships:              NAVA
                                    Flying Arts