Ecologically Sustainable Annandale

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Eco-Annandale 2013: The Carbon Cycle

@ Footprints Eco Festival
Sunday 25 August 11am-3pm
Cottage, 31 White Street, Lilyfield


Eco-Annandale is an annual exhibition, which has evolved into an annual conversation in the cottage, at the Footprints Festival.

The theme for Eco-Annandale 2016 is sustainable food. Past Exhibitions: Eco-Annandale 2015, Eco-Annandale 2014, Eco-Annandale 2012 (Energy) | 2011 (Water) | Eco-Annandale 2010@Footprints (Biodiversity) | 2010 (Biodiversity) | 2009 (Annandale's modern Ecosystem).

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Works in Exhibition

crocheted colourful wall hanging crocheted colourful wall hanging Thinking Outside the Square

Florinda da Cruz

Thinking Outside the Square is a crocheted panel made up 27 squares in six different sizes. The smallest is 2cm square while the largest is 12cm square. No two squares are the same in colour or design.

The yarn used is silk, rayon, cotton & wool, hand spun and dyed. This gives the panel variety of texture. The three hand painted wooden weights gives the panel variety of texture. I purchased the hand painted wooden weights while travelling in Central Asia. The panel hangs from a repurposed piece of wood. - Florinda da Cruz

Price: $120 (GST not applicable)

photographVenice, Italy, 1999

Glennis Calvert

Between each wave a sense of the deep and a vastness too great to keep....

Oceans store the second greatest quantity of actively cycled carbon in the world. Carbon held in the surface layer is exchanged rapidly with the atmosphere while the depths hold even greater amounts of dissolved inorganic carbon where it is stored for longer periods of time. In addition to climate change trends, human influence impacts on the chemical composition of the ocean through acid rain and polluted run-off from agriculture and industry.1

photographOur profound interdependency with the ocean never seems far from our consciousness. The ocean’s fluidity and subtle yet strong elemental pull on us, speaks to our interconnectedness and paradoxically gives a sense of grounding connection.

The shore is a vital threshold and meeting place of land, ocean, air and our human presence. The Italian verb Sentire is to hear, and also to feel and sense and perhaps conveys our capacity to engage the presence of the ocean to help attune our steps with a sustainable Earth rhythm. In Greek mythology Proteus is a sea-god whom Homer called ‘The Old Man of the Sea, while others have called him god of ‘elusive sea change’. He can foretell the future but only to someone who can catch him.2 - Glennis Calvert, Eco-Annandale 2013: The Carbon Cycle


Size:36x46 cm
Not for Sale

leaf shaped  plateleaf shaped and coloured plateLeaf plate

Margot Alexander

Slumped and Kiln fired glass

Price $170.00 (GST not applicable)

round coloured glass plateTreopical plate

Margot Alexander

Slumped and Kiln fired glass

Price $170.00 (GST not applicable)

Framed Charcoal drawing of Burnt LogBurnt Log

Merrick Fry

Charcoal on Paper, 1971

Framed Picture Price: $1200 (GST Not Applicable)
Size:39x56cm (unframed)

compressed charcoal drawing Hillside with CattleHillside with Cattle

Merrick Fry

Compressed Charcoal on Paper, 1985

Framed Picture Price: $2000 (GST Not Applicable)
Size:80x107cm (unframed)


Merrick Fry

Folder of Prints - Image coming soonMerrick Fry Offset Prints 1981-1983

Merrick Fry

An edition of 28 Sets of 6 Prints Each. Printed by The Bugle Press by Michael Boddy as part of a program developed in conjunction with Merrick Fry to produce simple livres d'artiste in reasonably large runs at economic prices.

The governing principle of the exercise is to retain the personal touch and control of the artist, and at the same time use only methods and materials freely available to any business offices with an in-house printery.

not titled. 1983, Collection Title: Offset prints 1981-83
Merrick FRY,Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia born 1950
Michael BODDY, printer, lithographic
THE BUGLE PRESS, Died 1979,publisher (organisation)
National Gallery of Australia Accession No: NGA 95.868.10

Set of 6 A4 Prints
Price:$30 (GST Not Applicable)

illustrated poemGod was a Pedologist

Let there be light
On the first day Geb created dirt
he was very pleased with himself
on the second day he created coal
this was not a very good idea
on the third day he planted a big tree
fourth day a banyan tree
fifth day a mangrove swamp
Sixth day Whites Creek Wetlands
all this creative stuff was hard work
on the 7th day he had a rest
Gebs snoring is now heard
in both Heaen and Earth.
and every body lived happily ever after.

Ethylred Aug 2013

"Geb was the Egyptian god of the Earth...Geb in hieroglyphs..."

Illustrated Poem
Price of Framed Poem on Application

poem and drawingCarbon Cycle in Whites Creek Valley


Carbon pencil drawing, which was scanned, cleaned up on a computer and printed on inkjet printer.

Size framed A4

Price on Application

Soil biocarbon sinks

Ted Floyd

Carbon in the atmosphere is converted into plant material during photosynthesis. Organic Carbon compounds from plants are added to the soil and eaten by microbes and animals. During respiration plants, animals and microbes breath out Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere. When soil Carbon is increased a biocarbon sink is generated.

Renewable energy reduces Carbon additions into the atmosphere in the future. Biocarbon sinks absorbs Carbon from the current atmosphere. Soil biocarbon sinks work towards establishing climate stability.

Spiky plant with seed pods in LED Lighting packagingCallistemon growing in electronics packaging showing rootsplant in plastic electronics packaging Packaged Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

Marghanita da Cruz

penjing or bonsai gumBonsai Gum Tree

Marghanita da Cruz

Penjing (Chinese: 盆景; pinyin: pén jǐng; literally "tray scenery"), also known as penzai (Chinese: 盆栽; pinyin: pén zāi; literally "tray plant"), tray landscape, potted scenery, potted landscape, or miniature trees and rockery, is the ancient Chinese art of depicting artistically formed trees, other plants, and landscapes in miniature.

Bonsai (盆栽?, lit. plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings, pronunciation(help·info))[1] is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ.

jars of marmaladeCumquat Jam

Hilma Finch

Price: $3 (GST not applicable)

jar of cumquat marmaladeCumquat Marmalade 11.08.13

Margo Vaughan

Not for Sale

Cumquat Marmalade

Sue Kallas

Sprig of Cumquats

Sue Kallas

Size: 28cmx23cm Framed
Price: $40 (GST Not Applicable)

Cumquat Jam

Sue Kallas

Size: 28cmx23cm Framed
Price: $40 (GST Not Applicable)

Watercolour with textCumquat Brandy

Sue Kallas

Size: 28cmx23cm Framed
Price: $40 (GST Not Applicable)

sprigs of small orange fruit and dark green leavesAnnandale Kumquats

Marghanita da Cruz

Kumquats appear to be well suited to the Annandale sunshine, rainfall and soil. Kumquat trees thrive in Annandale backyards and the abundance of fruit which ripens in August is regularly made into Marmalade.

'The plant is native to south Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The earliest historical reference to kumquats appears in literature of China in the 12th century. They have long been cultivated in Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and southeast Asia. They were introduced to Europe in 1846 ' -

Display Eco-Annandale 2013Catalog for Merrick Fry - A life looked At (BRAGG) Annandale Galleries - Found Exhibition Opening Invite 'Diamonds' Eco-Annandale 2013: The Carbon Cycle Whites Creek Cottage Footprints Eco-Festival This and other photographs of exhibition by Tony Grech

photographs and texteco annandale 2013 - links in the carbon chain

"air time"
time is an illusion ... yet we watch it fly
surprising how long a moment is .. take the time to notice
water views ... recycling community
earth recycles ... so can we
time freezes over ... yet things change anyway
life is short . . . live it slowly

susanne martain


A4 Print of Digital Photographs and Text

This work and Prints of individual photographs are for sale. Price on Application

photographs of Bracket FungiRidge Canopy - Understory - Sydney Red Gum Bark - Bracket Fungi

Natalie Hitoun

The Carbon Cycle is a complex series of processes through which all of the carbon atoms in existence are recycled.

Much of the earth's carbon is contained in the atmosphere which serves as a reservoir, and exchanged via terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Trees and other plants take in carbon dioxide and water, and by photosynthesis (the sun) create glucose and other biochemicals eaten by animals.

photographs and textDead animals and plants are decomposed by bacteria and fungi .The decaying matter releases carbon back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Burning wood releases carbon dioxide into the air. Those atoms of carbon could be used by a corn plant which you then eat, the carbon atoms becoming part of you...

photographs and textAll carbon atoms have been around since the universe was created. The same carbon atoms in your body (or a tree or fungus or a bird or bacteria) have been used in countless other molecules since time began.

This very basic explanation of the carbon cycle on land draws attention to the great importance of its proper functioning. If the carbon cycle malfunctioned, every aspect of life could be changed dramatically.

The 4 images by Natalie Hitoun demonstrate:

  1. trees, ferns and grasses – organisms which capture carbon via photosynthesis
  2. the lead-up to decomposition, when leaves and bark are discarded and die
  3. an example of a decomposer – a bracket fungus growing on a fallen tree trunk. It’s digestive enzymes break down the bark and wood into smaller molecules

photograph of  Ridge tree CanopyPrices: Large framed $150/unframed $80 (includes GST)
Small framed $75/unframed $40 (includes GST)

Any of the images can be printed on other media, such as canvas or aluminium, if requested.
Please contact Natalie Hitoun for further information on last updated 9 September 2013. All Works copyright the Artists.