A few months ago, I was thrilled to be involved in an initiative called The Hills Collective Project. Celebrating artists and creative talent in the Dandenong Ranges, the project was founded by Bianca Lentini and also turned into a book, which I was asked to edit. It was a great experience for me – being involved in a project that celebrates the talent and creativity of my local area and showcasing what the hills really has to offer – right from initial meetings, through to shortlisting artists, to then editing the book; the process was incredibly rewarding.
My favourite featured artist? Axel Axelrad – a puppeteer and the creator of Ossie the Ostrich, not to mention many other iconic Australian puppets.