Out of the Matrix: World Environment Day Event

Join printmaker Rebecca Mayo at Merri Creek tributary Edgar’s Creek on Sunday 5 June from 10.30am – 12.30 pm for this special World Environment Day event, co-hosted by RMIT Gallery and Friends of Merri CreekFriends of Edgars Creek and Moreland City Council.

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Image: Rebecca Mayo Zeltbahn (as shelter tent) at Cooper St Grassland gorse mop-up November 2013 calico dyed and screen printed with weeds and indigenous plants from the Merri Creek, zinc buttons, eyelets, tope, tent poles each tent quarter 200 x 200 x 280 cm Photograph: David Burrows

Rebecca, whose work features in the current RMIT Gallery printmaking exhibition Out of the Matrix (until 11 June) will talk about the historic waterway that inspires her practice. Visitors can join her while she produces an on-site dyed work. Mayo’s event accompanies the Planting, Litter Clean-up and BBQ of local friends groups, funded by Moreland City Council.

Her work in the exhibition, Merri Creek Zeltbahnen, 2013 – 2016, is a series of quarter tents printed and dyed with plants collected at the creek. Linking these labour intensive processes with the similarly repetitive processes of ecological restoration is a means of exploring urban ecologically significant sites through her practice.

Rebecca Mayo with her work at RMIT Gallery’s Out of the Matrix exhibition.

Rebecca Mayo is a lecturer in Print Imaging Practice at RMIT School of Art. She is a PhD candidate at the School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra.

Her current practice incorporates printmaking, textiles, walking and urban ecology. She works with locally growing plants extracting natural dyes as a screenprinting medium. The resulting textiles pay attention to the repetition common to her studio practice and ecological restoration.

“Like many people living in Melbourne’s inner north, the Merri Creek flows through my daily life as a space to relax, as a path to and from the city and, increasingly, as a place I help to restore,” Ms Mayo said.


Out of the Matrix: World Environment Day Event Details

Date: Sunday 5 June 2016

Time: 10am-12.30pm


Meet Rebecca Mayo at Edgars Creek, near Ronald and Danthonia Streets, North Coburg (Melways Ref 18 A9)


Public Transport.

Tram 11 from the city: Embark Collins St (or Brunswick St). Travel north. Disembark Stop 45 – Jacka Street, Coburg. Walk east along Jacka St, follow the road onto Boyne St. Turn right onto Ronald, follow the road around until you see the park entrance just past Danthonia St. Wander down and find everyone!

By Car: On street parking is available in Ronald and neighbouring streets

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