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Studio Artists at Burrinja

Matthew Riley - Studio 2




Matthew Riley is a designer, researcher and lecturer in animation, games and interactivity at RMIT University who has received international and national recognition for his practice. He is currently completing a PhD in the Games and Animation department at Swinburne University where he is developing a pervasive mixed reality artwork situated within the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

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Katherine Reynolds, Katkar Art and Craft- is moving on from Studio 2



Inspired by her surrounding world, Katherine’s practice is primarily painting based. Her interests range from exploring the animal world to numerous aspects of camouflage and mimicry. Currently her practice spans across two studios:  Burrinja and her studio at Monash University where she is studying her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

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hillsceneLIVE -Studio 3 Project Studio

16 August to 31 October 2015

hillsceneLIVE is an artist development and audience engagement project, that seeks to support the development of experimental arts practice in the Dandenong Ranges.
We support artists, through professional development workshops, a programed and curated festival, shared space, infiltrating each others ideas, being intentionally non-descript and vague.....we support artists to achieve above and beyond what they thought possible, and we try to do so by remaining attentive and honest to our own curiosity, thus creating space for artists to do so.

The Project Studio will be used as our festival hub, where the 2016 festival will be birthed from.

Michele Fountain and Metafour Studio - Studio 4

Michele is a practicing local artist who works with textiles. She is primarily a handweaver, working mostly with rigid heddle looms. She also explores stitch and sculptural work, incorporating textile techniques and industrial materials.

Michele enjoys working with natural, primarily locally sourced materials in her handwoven textiles, and in exploring the possibilities of weaving with non-traditional materials.

Metafour Studio also offers textile supplies and weaving equipment, and carries White Gum Wool and Schacht Spindle Company products.

Dave Thomson: Lost Few - Studio 5

Dave Thomson (Lost Few) is a sound artist focusing on the translation of spatiality in both natural and urban landscapes by means of physical and sonic transformation.

The solo project of Dave Thomson (Melbourne, Australia), Lost Few serves as an exploration of sound design, video installation and audial journeys that seamlessly provoke and push audiences.

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Nicole Rizio - has moved to Boronia

You can now find her at 13A Erica Avenue, Boronia, where she continues to offer her Harmonious Melodies music programs:

Simply Music Piano is a remarkable, Australian-developed piano and keyboard program that offers a breakthrough in music education. This unique method has children, teens, adults and seniors playing great sounding blues, classical, contemporary and accompaniment piano pieces – from their very first lessons.

Soul Journey - Realise the hidden potential within. A journey of self discovery that introduces you to your creative abilities both in music and art. Using simple piano improvisation techniques, learn to add your own personal sound-track to your paintings created in class. No piano or drawing experience necessary.

Drum Circle - A Fun dynamic way to discover your musical abilities through rhythm. No experience necessary.

Tuition also available for: Piano accordion, flute, violin, clarinet, tenor sax.

Group and private lessons available.

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Jacqueline Grace, Beautiful Wasteland - The Workshop

Jacqueline is an eco-printing textile artist. She explores the inexhaustible vitality that bursts as botanical matter, metal, cloth and water dance. Her artworks are imbued with these moments of meeting. In her studio you will chance upon a fire pit with simmering dye pots, leaves, weathered bones, silken threads and fragments of poems..

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Steven Firman - The Workshop



Steven immersed himself in German culture, whilst living there for three years with his family (2011-2014). During this time she travelled widely throughout Europe. Since returning to the Dandenong Ranges, he has begun a new series of painting, under the working title, Tree Change. Inspired by the natural world, with a nod to Escher and Magritte, Steven's paintings seek to capture the irrational world of a child where real places become the setting for magical things to happen.

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