Lucy Lee, founder of The Art Box, seemed destined to work with art and nature. Her mother was passionate about craft and Lucy recalls making her own dolls and dollhouse at a young age. Originally from Geelong, she remembers family picnics in the Dandenong Ranges where the children would gather twigs, moss and chestnuts and create a display of their treasures when they got home.
Lucy went on to study Visual Arts at Curtin University, also working part-time as a curator in a small Aboriginal Art Gallery and an art technician in a girls’ college. She started creating artworks out of old books and music sheets, including paper flowers and decorative notebooks. Her philosophy of using recycled materials as a starting point for creating art is evident in the classes she runs at the Bushland Chapel studio in Helensburgh.
“By using recycled materials as a base I can then spend money on good quality art materials to complete the project,” says Lucy. “I love encouraging children to be creative with what they can find around them – and then turn it into art with a bit of paint, glue and imagination!” She regularly visits the Reverse Garbage recycling centre in Marrickville to source materials, plus welcomes donations of materials from friends.
Since starting The Art Box in April Lucy has had an enthusiastic response to her weekly kids’ classes and school holiday programs. Starting in early October she will also be offering classes for adults: a weekly evening art class and a monthly ‘Crafternoon Tea’, where you can learn a variety of craft techniques while enjoying tea and cake.
Lucy has also begun collaborating with teachers from other disciplines: September’s school holiday program will combine art with gardening, the environment, movement and music. She is brimming with ideas so who knows what will pop up next from The Art Box?
You’ll have to wait and see.
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