Lenni's CV

About

I am a visual artist and designer, living and working in rural Victoria, Australia. 

I am motivated by authenticity, empathy, connecting and collaborating with others to affect positive change for people, the environment and local communities.

My creative practice includes object design and making but also extends to:

  • design for learning (open, online, blended, face to face) in health, education and the arts.
  • craftivism- activism through craft, creativity and storytelling.
  • project/event/social media and exhibition  management, in community and artist run spaces.

I value…

Empathy…

  • to learn from and with others so that I can make a difference in what I do now, to have a positive, regenerative impact on the future. 

  • to value, respect and learn from difference and diversity.

Self-compassion/compassion 

  • practicing self-kindness
  • being grateful for and respecting my differences as something valuable and worthy of celebrating, sharing and giving voice to and supporting others to be able to do the same.
  • being mindful and respectful of self and others
  • finding ways to observe thoughts and emotions as they are and allowing myself to both be and become..
  • being open, vulnerable and authentic –  if imperfectly then at least with passion and courage and supporting others to be able to do the same 
  • as the starting point for all other things that I do…

Creativity as

  • curiosity and play and a way to observe, empathise with and experience living, interactions with others, nature and the environment.
  • a way to share stories, learn, empathise with, and connect with others
  • a catalyst for change, a call to action, a way to be innovative, agile and responsive to local needs, to find solutions and hope for a positive and regenerative future.
  • a way to challenge and transform narratives and ideologies that generate inequality based on gender and/or race and/or culture.

I am interested in collaborations and projects that focus on:

  • performativity, identity  and storytelling through art practice
  • decolonising art and design narratives
  • creativity and healthy ageing
  • storytelling, healing and change
  • social activism via the arts
  • localisation and regenerative futures.
  • designing and using digital spaces for collaboration and social change.

Below is a summary of some of my creative practice and projects. For more information  please see my resume via LinkedIn

2021

 May 16 to July

An unopening (needle and hammer) collection, exhibition ,  Corowa Jewellery, NSW.

2020

May-June

Home is where the protest is,
Online craftivist protest about safety and privacy in home during COVID-19, protesting right to say no to in home inspections during COVID-19 while space I was living in was for sale.

January

Illustrations for online learning and human rights aged care project, for Daniella Greenwood and Associates.

2018

July- August 2018 , Stitch-a-hug month, Craft Cubed 2018 , Craft Victoria satellite project.

2017

March 17-26- Castlemaine State Festival

Flowers for Oberon, Purple Hen House Studio, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.

2014

March to April

My precious ( I remember) , Yack Station, Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia

2009

Between, October, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne Australia solo work and collaboration with Helen Braun (Review Sub-Machine, Kent Wilson)

Axioms and Idioms, June, Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne Australia, with Melanie Wolfe

2006

Hang Ups, (solo), October, The Greenhouse Gallery, Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne.

2005

Wire in the Blood, (solo), July, Link Space Gallery, Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

2021

5-14 March Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize, Arts Rutherglen, Victoria

2020

COVID cancelled Australian National Brooch Show

​2017

Dogs in Art, 3-26 February, Backspace Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria , Australia.
2015 Exit: Brunswick Arts will never die 11 December, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

2014

Two thousand and four, 10 Year anniversary Brunswick Arts Space, 17 October to 2 November, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Used, 11-28 April 2014,Central Gallery Nhil, Victoria, Australia.

2010- 2011

Of Snowflakes and Spacetime, October to February Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne, Australia

2009

This is Brunswick Arts, Brunswick Street Gallery, January, Melbourne

2008

Totem: dolls with souls September to October Melbourne Fringe Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne

2007

Places of Being, September/October Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne
This is Brunswick Arts, December, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne
The Bigger Picture, November, Monash University, Melbourne

2006

depART, November, Monash University, Melbourne
I Heart SCU, August, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne

Kathy Temin: is a successful International artist based in Melbourne , Victoria whose works are included in the National Gallery of Victoria’s collection of contemporary art. I had the pleasure and opportunity to work as Kathy’s studio assistant,  constructing, packing/shipping and installing her large installation work and helping with preparation for her retrospective exhibition at Heide Museum:

  • April to December 2009, and September to November 2008,
  • January 2008, November 2007

Arts Rutherglen, Rutherglen Australia, Committee/media promotions, current

Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia -December 2007 to June 2010

Blindside Arts space, Melbourne, Australia -January 2007 to December 2007

2020

Learning design and illustrations for Daniella Greenwood and associates, The Mercy Way, a human rights approach to aged care.

Woolly heart project, yarn bomb- crocheted hearts as  lockdown letterbox surprises.

Face masks for the community- sewing face masks with the Chiltern Community House.

2019

Woolly heart project, making and gifting folk in my creative heart and soul network with handcrafted, felted and crocheted wool brooches and yarn bomb wool hearts in public spaces as random gifts of woolly warmth.

2018

Regional Arts Victoria, Artlands, Crafting the Merch- handcrafting scarves for Artlands 2018 conference merchandise.

Stitching about Menstruation- contributed to an artist run project based in USA, -messages about issues around menstruation for Australian women were stitched onto cloth pads for a large art installation.

April, 30 days of being socially active, craftivist project- hand stitching and posting social messages in local social spaces and writing letters and sending hand stitched emoji/gifts to friends.

July- August 2018 , Stitch-a-hug month, Craft Cubed 2018 , Craft Victoria satellite project.

2017/2018

Participated in 5000 poppies projects – Making handcrafted, crocheted poppies for Victorian RSL Remembrance Day poppy brooch sales 2018.

2014

Yarn bombing the Holbrook, submarine. Handcrafted and contributed crocheted pieces for the HMAS Otway Yarn bombing project for the town of Holbrook, NSW Community arts project.

2010

Curator, Little memories exhibition, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne
Exhibition installation team, Breathe, by sculptor and installation artist Liz Henderson, Gasworks Park, Melbourne
Artist studio assistant and exhibition installation team, Kathy Temin, My Monument Black Cube, Anna Schwartz

2009

Studio assistant and and exhibition installation team, of Kathy Temin, Survey show at Heide Museum of Modern Art

2008

Designer of exhibition catalogue and author of exhibition essay, Helen Braun, Evolution, August Yarra Sculpture Gallery.

2007

Curator, Places of Being, Brunswick Arts Space Melbourne

2006

Co- curator, I heart SCU, Monash University, Art and Design, 3rd year sculpture students, group exhibition, Yarra Sculpture Gallery

2016

Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW.
Assessment – Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

 

Monash University, Department of Art Theory, Faculty of Art and Design and Faculty of Arts

2008

Introduction to Visual Language, Fine Arts and Design
Modernism and the Avant Gardes: Fine Arts/Visual Arts

2009

Introduction to Visual Culture, Arts/ Education/Science, Clayton Campus

2010

Introduction to Visual Language, Semester 1, 2010, Design and Arts
Contemporary Visual Culture in Film and Art, Semester 2 2010, Arts

2011

Introduction to Visual Culture, Semester 1, 2011, Arts

Learning design consultant

Ongoing

  • Educational/ learning/curriculum design quality review

  • Design for learning across modes (Online/ blended/open/f2f)- learning /educational design services to higher education/healthcare/creatives plus industry interested in collaborative, learner centred , lifelong learning approaches to education and learning and development.

  • Educational diagrams, illustrations, audio/visual learning materials for online courses/ open education resources (OER)/Phd thesis/reports/ research papers/blogs/H5P/decision support guidelines

 

Murray Arts, Art/work- residency May 2021.

Murray Arts, Unlocked micro-grant  September 2020.

Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Science Deans award for Learning Design 2014.

Charles Sturt University, Vice Chancellors award for excellence in teaching – First Year Teaching and Learning  Team Award  2014.

Sculpture prize 2007, Monash University,  Faculty of Art and Design.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa…. because of the apartheid regime my family migrated to Melbourne, Australia … my creative path and journey started with attending primary and high school and extra curricular music, dance, theatre activities in Melbourne…relocated to Perth, Western Australia to attend University study theatre arts and literature… graduated … taught theatre and English in public and private secondary schools in Perth…  transitioned into IT/software development in education sector…met life partner…  relocated back to Melbourne, Victoria… travelled to USA…went to” art school” Monash University Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design…travelled back to South Africa for first time since migrating to Australia…graduated with honours degree visual arts…transitioned into art practice +  tertiary education teaching art and design theory + project management in health industry for online decision support – medication management and prescribing and hand hygiene project + running a wine store + online/open learning design+studio assistant…

Much joy, some challenges and many adventures … moved to rural Victoria to be closer to  my mum and sistershort stint living and working in North Central Victoria …been working remotely  since way before the “COVID new normal” because it’s important to me to participate in and be local but work global ….returned home to Nth East Vic last year and continuing creative journey as artist and designer +adventuring more into permaculture living with the number 1 art roadie and our two Airedale terriers.