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Sandra henderson

Sandra is a ‘climate refugee’ originally from Perth, Western Australia.
Sandra taught Art and English in WA secondary schools and

senior campuses for 25 years. She is past president and secretary of

the West Australian Society of Arts and was a member of the

Watercolour Society of WA (juried admission).


Sandra has also tutored many workshops, demonstrated to art groups

and judged exhibitions in Perth and environs and also here in Tasmania.

She loves trying new media and techniques and has explored

watercolour, mixed media, miniatures, encaustic and alcohol inks.


Her latest passion is acrylics and modelling paste to create highly

textured works on canvas. She is inspired by the natural world –

especially the flora and fauna of the beautiful island of

lutruwita/Tasmania. She has exhibited widely – including seven solo exhibitions in Perth and Tasmania and has won many awards – the latest being the ‘Essence of the Valley’ at the Meander Valley Art Award (October 2022), TASART at Burnie (also October 2022), NWAC at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery (judged award and public vote, March 2023) and Viewers Choice at NETAC in Scottsdale (June 2023).


"I started teaching Primary School age children in 1973 and retired from the classroom in

December 2018. I was fortunate to sit with, play, observe and guide children from the age of

3 to 12 with paints, pigments, clay, sculpture, materials, colours, designs, ideas and

challenges in the art world.

I have always been passionate about the place of

The Arts in cultures and societies. I dabbled with

painting small motifs on silk and making them into

lavender bags for years. My art therapy.

In 2019, I decided that I would teach myself about

eco dyeing or botanical printing, using silk

and wool as my fabric and steaming as my method.

My journey of making wearable art pieces continued.

I joined West Tamar Arts Group. There I had the

opportunity to have a space in Exeter Art Studios.

From there I took the challenge to have an exhibition

with a friend at Windsor Gallery, Riverside in 2020.

I continued playing experimenting and decided that I

could go bigger with my art work. I liked the idea of

turning old blankets into wearable art. Another

exhibition followed with another friend at Windsor.

I participated in VineArt with WTAG and a couple more exposures in other places.

I live in the country with a bushland backyard and a rambling home garden. This provides

me with the energy and the materials to create these works which absorb many hours of my


My work involves me finding and placing leaves, flowers, seeds and bark onto the fabrics. I

wash and prepare the fabrics so that they can receive the dyes from the plants, no

commercial dyes are used. I bundle them up and steam them for two hours before

unwinding them with expectant fascination.

I am now prepared to play with The Dirty Pot method also.

Luckily, I am a person who likes surprises and the unexpected. When something turns out

completely different from my prediction, well I change my plans and work with the new


I gather the leaves that speak to me by their shape and history. Who nibbled the hole in that

leaf? Old, fallen leaves and lichen also catch my attention."

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