Patterns & Connections!

Published 28th May 2024. Written by Maddison O’Brien

Left: Water on Silk by Laura Fisher & Community Right: Themeda Grasslands by Maddison O’Brien & Christine McRae

Patterns & Connections is a collaborative exhibition by Watershed Landcare, Rylstone District Environment Society, Bingman Landcare and Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.

Curated by Maddison O’Brien & Cheryl Nielsen
Showing at Kandos Projects until the end of July 2024

Thank you to Cheryl & Mike Nielsen, Laura Fisher, Mick Boller, Christine McRae, Peter Swain & Gus Armstrong for being a part of this collaborative exhibit, celebrating the community that has strengthened in a common goal of protecting our beautiful environment, Wiradjuri Country. Thank you to the marvellous Ann Finegan for having us at Kandos Projects.

Closing drinks: Sat 27th July, 4PM,
Kandos Projects 18 Angus Avenue.

All are welcome to come and enjoy the show over drinks and nibbles.


Water on Silk, 2024

Laura Fisher, KSCA and Community

Indigo dye on silk

Variable sizes

Shibori is a very old Japanese tradition of dyeing fabric with Indigo ink. Intricate patterns can be created using natural found objects, rubber bands, string, and folding techniques.

The captivating blue of the Indigo makes it a great medium for visualising the movement and energy of water. In this experimental workshop held at Creek Feast, people were able to work together or on their own dyeing silks on the banks of Lawson Creek, celebrating the importance of the water that sustains our landscape in a miraculous, continuous cycle.

one of several prints inspired by local animal tracks

Tracks, 2024

Maddison O’Brien

Acrylic prints on paper

23cm x 30cm

$50 each
All proceeds going towards Wildlife Waters project to improve Platypus & native fish habitat

Themeda Grasslands, 2024

Maddison O’Brien & Christine McRae

Paper, native seeds, leaves & flowers



Creek Dreaming w/ Peter Swain, 2024

Gus Armstrong & Peter Swain

4K Video w/sound
05:29 mins

Landscape connections: The relationships above
& below ground, 2024

Cheryl & Michael Nielsen

Timber, collected grasses and plants, foraged mushrooms, netting, paper string, lights

Mycorrhizae are crucial to plant health, facilitating nutrient cycling, enhancing soil structure, and the overall ecosystem stability. This connection is fundamental to the sustainability, resilience, and biodiversity of the environment – it is critical to the health of all life.

Mycorrhizae (singular: mycorrhiza) are the symbiotic relationships formed between the mycelium (the vegetative part of fungi) and the roots of plants. The term “mycorrhiza” comes from the Greek words “mykes” (fungus) and “rhiza” (root).

Koalas of Lue, 2024

Mick Boller

Recycled tin, tree branch and eucalypt leaves

Koala (left) $100

Koalas (centre) $150

Koala (right) $100

Understorey, 2024

Christine McRae

Framed botanical specimens

Proceeds from this show will be donated to Watershed Landcare, raising funds for Wildlife Waters an upcoming project working to restore and protect biodiversity in the Lawson Creek & Cudgegong River ecosystems.

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Ann Finnegan & Cheryl Nielsen during the installation of Patterns & Connections at Kandos Projects