Smoke Talk and Demo

Smoke Exhibtion 2022 – Artist Talk and Demo by Giovanna Scott

As a way to bring the inside (of my head) out into the world, I always look forward to planning and presenting an Artist Talk.

How do you make GREEN? Just one topic in my Artist Talk.

For those of you not familiar with what that is, it is how an art lover connects more fully with the exhibiting Artist. This could be through a walk-through of the exhibition, or a sit down seminar style presentation, there can be a demonstration, a lucky door prize or a simple thank you gift. It is an opportunity for both Artist and the public to gain insights into each other’s preferences too.

Tools! Where would we be without them?

How I like to approach these is to begin with how the concept of SMOKE informed every piece of work. How I brainstormed the word, collated poems, found reference photos, produced thumbnail sketches, the alchemy of colour mixing recipes to create cohesion, selecting paper types and qualities for the artwork, painting the collage papers, composition, sizes, treatment, and naming each piece.

Inspiration found in the neighbourhood.

For this event, I’ll open up my Visual Diary, continue on a work in progress, and provide materials for you to create your own unique piece of painted paper with my monoprinting kit.

RSVP is not necessary, but those who do will receive a special gift.

If you’d like more information about Artist Talks, demonstrations, or how to approach galleries for exhibitions, use the Contact page or start a conversation by commenting on this post.

xx Giovanna

p.s. for those people not in Brisbane, unfortunately there is no livestream capability. If you would like to view the exhibition catalogue please contact me.

SMOKE Exhibition

Smoke Exhibtion 2022

I’m teaming up with Shannon Wilson of Contour Clayhouse, once again! We’re so excited to bring you our new exhibition SMOKE.

I’ve deviated from my usual bold colour combinations to bring a more subdued palette. This new colourway was inspired by the concept of smoke and all it represents in our lives. Shannon has been experimenting with some wonderful effects using fire and smoke and different clays to create a body of work that is truly unique.

My journal has become the place to jot all the ways SMOKE is used and how if affects us day to day. I’ll be sharing much of this during the exhibition.

We’ve put together a fabulous schedule of artist talks, demos and a new initiative “Dine with the Artist” comprising a 3-course meal by a professional chef inspired by the theme of “smoke”.

Important Dates for the Exhibition

We are back at the lovely Downstairs Gallery at Scrumptious Reads bookstore and if you came last year, you’ll recall just how delightful that space is. It truly is special, and we are looking forward to bumping in a couple of weeks.

If you would like to join us on any of these dates please reach out by replying to this post or using the Contact Page. Dine with the Artist is a lovely intimate meal and places are strictly limited so please book ahead by contacting Scrumptious Reads or reach out.

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