Blades of grass, an orb of glass. Turf a precious plot of earth. Well-manicured, groomed to perfection or, wild, windy, growing in every direction. Pesticide free since 1983. NO sprinkler required. It’s ALL made of Glass- dirt, grass blades and all.
Danielle’s Fescue Paperweight evolved from an exhibit of turf paperweights slightly ranging in colour, shape and size and was selected as part of the youth section, it won first place in the 2009 Waterhouse Youth Art Prize. Fescue refers to a breed of grass widely used in Australia as turf. Shortly after the exhibition and media coverage of the works, the turf paperweight became extremely popular .
“My work fit into the theme of natural history as it explores environmental issues such as the fragile state of our Australian habitat, water shortages and climate change. I really wanted to create something fresh and lush that makes the viewer smile, and in some cases remember the green, grassy, fun lawns of Australia.”
Blades of grass, an orb of glass
Turf. . .a precious plot of earth
Well manicured, groomed to perfection
or, wild, windy, growing in every direction
Pesticide free since 1983
NO sprinkler required
Each glass bubble is an individual specimen with its own sense of movement, conjuring a unique observation of nature. “Winning the trophy and being a part of The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize exhibition was an unforgettable experience. Winning the inaugural youth prize was extremely exciting and has inspired me as a young emerging artist to further my practice. It has helped me to push forward and strive to achieve my goals as a glass practitioner.”