Orange's Lanny Mackenzie weaves her magic to create beautiful pieces of art | Photos

Lanny MacKenzie views grass, twigs, bark and plants through totally different eyes to most people.

And certainly most accountants.

Mrs MacKenzie’s weaving skills have helped her turn garden elements into pieces of art.

The Balinese artist, who lives in Orange, is also a full-time accountant who has to split her time between her work and her art.

Mrs MacKenzie took up weaving after being introduced to the craft by an Aboriginal female elder in Condobolin in 2002.

“I’ve experimented and tried many different mediums to take advantage of the availability of natural grasses, vines, twigs, bark, and other plants, and of commercial and natural dyes to create some really amazing colour to incorporate in my creations,” she said.

“With my Indonesian/Balinese/Chinese background I have tried to incorporate personal motifs and colours in my work. I’m passionate about weaving. I’m from Bali, it’s part of everyday life there,” she said.

Next month her work features as part of the display by the Colour City Creatives at the East Fork Railway Barracks on Peisley Street during the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival.

And in April she will return to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah in April for a solo exhibition and a weaving workshop.

“I’ve taught various weaving techniques such as coiling, twining, knotting, wrapping, random weave, using natural and recycled materials.”

Mrs MacKenzie said weaving was not just about the finished product.

“The weaving environment also encourages sharing, stories, experiences, highs and lows, and generally allows everyone to really take ‘some me time’,” she said.


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