Leaf-by-leaf

Jun 22, 2018

Local Kangaroo Island artist Janine Macintosh is best-known for her distinctive botanical and found object assemblages, especially for her mandalas created from eucalyptus leaves gathered on her heritage bush property on the southwest coast.

A keen photographer, Janine has an intimate connection with the property, which spans woodland, heaths and wetlands over some 800 acres. Janine uses traditional preservation techniques of museums and herbariums to distil her treasures and to draw attention to the details that she sees in the landscape. She collects, identifies, presses, dries and sorts materials before assembling them into patterns.

Janine carefully glues or sews the leaves to canvas to create intricate patterns that are filled with energy and movement. More recently, she has used seedpods, shells, drift found on the beach or small pieces of farm equipment found on the land. While the leaf and shell mandalas are the most popular, Janine also creates patchwork quilt patterns, reflecting her personal connection to the landscape as her home.

Five of Janine’s leaf mandalas are featured in the restaurant at Southern Ocean Lodge, set into the limestone wall that runs throughout the Great Room and completes an organic theme that links interior design with the island’s natural landscape.

It’s easy to become mesmerised in the designs and guests often travel home with a purchased, an exquisite memento to remind them of their lodge stay and the ruggedly beautiful surrounds.

A specially commissioned series of Janine’s works will also be showcased in the new departure lounge at Kingscote Airport, opening exclusively for Southern Ocean Lodge guests on July 5, 2018.

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