Community Spirit and the Creative Process

A write up of one of the workshops during Illumine! Thanks Kalen!

Be Illumined

DSC_3923The tapa painting workshop was a beautiful experience of creating unique traditional artwork whilst having uplifting conversations among old and new friends.

I loved the use of handmade stencils with natural inks made from earth and roots. One of the great things about this workshop was that we had the opportunity to learn about how the barkcloth is processed and the cultural significance of making these artworks in the islands.


Ruha taught us about how the community spirit is very much ingrained into the creative process and this unifying community spirit is again reflected in the larger collaborative piece for the bicentennial birth of Baha’u’llah.

DSC_3946A thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to going to more workshops in the future!


By Kalen Khalessi-Rad

(Images by June Perkins)

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Bicentenary Event – University of Queensland

Following the Crow Song

setupbicentennialevent34Saturday 21st of October

We arrived earlier in the day to set up.   Nine pointed stars, royal blue and gold, found their way around the room.

Tables were covered with cloth.

Food platters  semi prepared.

Flowers were laid out.


It was raining.  The Jacaranda’s shed their purple flowers  and birds sang in trees.

Everyone worked together in unity to have everything ready for when the guests arrived.


Some of my photographs were placed in the room for a mini exhibition.


As people arrived they were met by the usher who offered them a program.

He did not leave his task until everyone was seated.


A table of information for the event was available. The Youth had helped package the Hidden Words, as well as make the nine pointed stars for the event.


The Harpist arrived and began to warm up.


Friends greeted each other.


Soon the hall was filled and…

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Poetry Postcards

Ripple Poetry

My latest project has been to design five a5 poetry postcards featuring my photographs and words.  The plan is to sell these at poetry readings, markets, festivals, Magic Fish Dreaming book signings and workshops as I work towards my next books.  I’ll read them at open readings when they are on as well. You’ll see these for the first time at the Mt Alford Artisan’s Market if you can make it to that.

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‘Magic Fish Dreaming’ Wins 4 Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

Magic Fish Dreaming


CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2017) – The judges of the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins,  and illustrated by Helene Magisson, won 2nd place in the Children’s Poetry, Environment, Book Trailer and  tied for second in Children’s Picture Books for Children 6 years and over as well as a special mention in the Cultural Diversity category.

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second Place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date…

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