A Pocketful of Posies

Why I’m working on a new series, and responding to questions of the day

The simple gesture of a small arrangement of flowers in an antique vase placed on a delicate crocheted doiley, is a recurring subject matter in a lot of my works. But the “For the…” series has a more personal message.

These flowers are lovingly grown, picked, and assembled by your Nana, your great Aunt, your elderly neighbour and possibly accompanied by other home made items. The posie for the breakfast bar has a side dish of home made jam drops. The posie in the guest room has an adorable stack of face washers with the edges crocheted.

It’s this memory I’m chasing for the next couple of months. I want something that is comfortable, something nostalgic, somewhere I can look when I want to hide from war, flood, pestilence, fire …. 
We’ve seen it all these last few years.

Which brings me to a question …

I have been asked if my work should be more reflective of current issues, if perhaps I’m hiding or ignoring the disasters that are happening? I believe there are a lot of very VERY good artists and creatives who have that skill to distill their anger and rage into one single vision. I am not called to do that.

I am called to put my energies into raising a son who is 19 this year, who at 2 was diagnosed with a regressive disorder. He is largely non-verbal and requires constant supervision and care. I am called to be a high school teacher and consider the differences in every student and why their parents are looking for something different in their child’s education, they couldn’t get in mainstream. I am called to be a wife, mother, aunty, godmother, cousin, daughter, niece and to do all of that imperfectly with precision, love, and intelligence.

This is not a middle-finger response. It’s put plainly, just as the question was. The art I make was always somewhere for me to hide and not be “that-disability-Mum” and with years of encouragement I began sharing my vision of the world with others. I want to bring joy and happiness and comfort to people. That is my superpower and I love wearing it!

Happily cutting and gluing in my studio/gallery/garage (Stallerage??)

Artist Talk + Demo

This Sunday it would be my great pleasure and privilege to take you behind the scenes and into my creative process. From gathering inspiration and creating patterned paper, to showing you how I add stitching to works on paper.

It is a ticketed event however tickets are FREE. Register your interest using this link:

It’s not often I break open the vault and speak so intimately about what I do. My art making and thought process has, until recently, been an intensely personal endeavour so this Sunday will be a coming of age of sorts!

I really hope you can join me.


Very excited to announce my first exhibition in a very long time. A surprise phone call earlier this year meant I shelved my portrait series to dive headlong once again into the wonderful world of collage. This has been a wonderful opportunity to play with papers and compositions. I have been inspired by the clay works of my co-exhibitor Shannon Wilson of Contour Clayhouse and have translated some of her promotional photos into collages. I’ve also blown the dust off the Botanical Collage/Stitiched Blooms visual diary to fill the walls of the gallery with a variety of floral pieces.

Our Twilight Opening is Sunday 11 July 2021. Use the link below to reserve your COVID-safe session time. Light refreshments will be available, and bring your mask. Sessions are 45 minutes to give you time to browse and chat with me and Shannon about our works.

The location is in the quaint downstairs gallery of Scrumptious Reads bookshop in Red Hill.

We are hoping that our lovely community will keep us all healthy and we can have our opening without COVID-19 restrictions being too strict. However, the gallery director Natasha Gibson-Scott will have the entire exhibition available virtually with some fabulous software, so even interstate and overseas people can view and purchase.

Here are some of my more recent works that will be available during the exhibition.

Thanks for visiting, and hope to see you at the exhibition. If you would like information regarding the works, please use the Contact page.

Styling those Botanicals

The second most asked question is “How do I style these in my home?” (The first is usually, “What medium is that?”) and so today I put some handy combinations together for you, so you can see how they can fit any decor. They are all uploaded into the Shop ready for Christmas gifting.


By far the easiest. Just pick your favourites and frame them in the exact colour frame. I like to think of the frame as eyeliner – it doesn’t matter what colour your eyes are, pretty much everyone looks good in Black. However, I’ve also thrown together Natural Timber (but forgot to do White).

Using the only indoor plant that has survived this heat, the top in Natural goes with other natural items you may have in your house – think Nordic, beachy, and Day Spa kind of feeling. The bottom pic with Black will suit a more edgy, Retro, and eclectic decor.


If you much prefer to go with the Vibe, here are four options.

Top Left reaches for that Retro aesthetic using a combo of white and black frames. Top Right has concentrated on three with yellow-ish backgrounds and different frames. Bottom Left has a more beachy, calming feel with black and white frames and three different sizes (A4, 15×15 and 20×20) so it can be done. And Bottom Right (SOLD A4) compliments and existing house plant.


Probably the trickiest, but once you see it, you can’t unsee it and then you’ll be a styling legend.

With the top two I used exactly the same decor items. The one on the left makes a stronger link to the vibrant colours in the vessel with its black frame and strong table shape and perspective. The one on the right bounces between the vessel and the white of the pot. The white frame calms the strong colours in the collage. The bottom selection has an eclectic mix of decor items but I’ve put a calming piece between two very strong pieces. I think this is my favourite combo so far.

The next three are the A4 pieces standing on their own with matching decor items. The bottom combo (“Banded”) with the Malaysian thumb harp just sings!

Has this been useful? Looking at a single image on a computer screen doesn’t compare to how it will look in your home. I also hope my amateur photography skills (and interior styling) emphasise the realness of it all. I haven’t retouched any of the photos or have the equipment to reduce the glare, so just about ticks all the “authentic” boxes right there!

All the frames (except A4 size) are picture frames so they can also stand on a shelf or table. The A4 frames only have hooks for hanging. All purchased at KMart so a very affordable option for switching up when they arrive in your home.

As always, sing out if you have any questions. Botanicals are in the Shop for your browsing pleasure.

Much love xx

Artist in Residence – BGS

In October I was invited with 3 other Brisbane artists, to participae in a 2 day Art Immersion with Year 11 art students from Brisbane Grammar School .

Day 1: we bussed from the college to their Outdoor Education facility at Pepperina Hill on the idyllic Lake Moogerah.

Lake Moogerah, Queensland

As part of their “Art as Knowledge” unit, the students engaged with the natural environment and used that knowledge to complete a piece of art for exhibition. In charge of 6 students, we began by foraging for different leaves and weeds to explore shape, texture and line. Students were encouraged to dispell any “I can’t draw” beliefs and work through my process of finding their own style of drawing botanical elements. After a series of sketches and frottage in their Visual Diaries, we moved onto leaf printing in the beautiful outdoor setting with Rainbow Lorikeets keeping us company.

Day 2 : in a studio classroom, we spread out and I demonstrated the monoprint layering technique using a GelliPlate and the leaf prints from Day 1. The students had a lot of fun creating their own papers while we discussed topics such as copyright and appropriation, especially important for collage and mixed media artists, and how they apply in Australia.

On a demonstration piece, the students observed how I brought together all the elements from the last 2 days, into a successful and pleasing composition. I talked out my collage process and fielded questions and watched as they slowly filtered away so they could begin their own. Some worked on 2 simultaneously, some completed one then began sketching more compositions in their Visual Diaries, and others needed more time to digest the process.

The Art Department had frames and backing card to display the students’ work (and my demo piece) and the 4 groups were able to display their work in a wonderful and edifying Immersion Exhibition in the Gallery space.

It was such a joy watching how each student became totally immersed in their own piece and becoming so silent and taking ownership for their own outcome. Even though they were following the same process (and at times sharing leaves and flower and weeds and paint), each work is uniquely theirs and they were proud of their achievements, and that was the most satisfying part.

If this interests you either for your school, or workplace, or creative business, happy to talk further. Reach me via the Contact Form.

Giovanna xx

New Botanicals

It’s hard to imagine that a little over a month ago I embarked on the Squareathon challenge on Instagram.

Most of them had been hanging at the Paper Love exhibition and I am grateful for Pauline who curated the show and took a chance on these baby pieces and on me. I’ve been encouraged by the feedback and so I will continue to offer these collages… but this is the end of the 20x20cm size. The four above are the last and they are available in the shop.

What’s next is a slight jump in size again and using up my considerable stash of watercolour, bristol, and mixed media paper to see where it leads me. I have enough patterned paper to see me through, but I can feel an Arty Date looming.

Below is a link to the shop to view the available collages.

My Shop

You can also contact me directly hello@giovannascott.com to purchase, or discuss commissioning collages for your home or work, or maybe as a Christmas gift.