Penny Simons

Find Ink Brush Willow right at the front of the SHAC

Penny Simons, Maker & Designer

Penny Simons is a Maker/Artist living and working in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

She was one of the founding partners of “Cloth”, a Sydney based bespoke business producing hand printed and constructed textiles. Prior to this, Penny gained a BA Hons. in Constructed Textiles, majoring in Weaving, from Winchester School of Art, England.

Penny has been making with willow for the last 5 years and previous to this studied and worked in the field of biodynamics, permaculture, landscape design, craft and horticulture. Her work to date has been about the cross pollination of all these art forms, and the effect that this work can have on our awareness of the natural environment.

Her current work aims to make statements about the contamination and metamorphosis of “Nature” from “Rubbish” and pollution, thereby promoting awareness of the destruction of our natural world by human consumption and lack of awareness. Penny’s work aims to do this whilst still having a sense of beauty & whimsy.

Most of the works are made from “weedy” willow, other elements from nature such as pods, seeds and nuts, leaves, feathers, dried flowers, and up-cycled rubbish and marine debris, all foraged by the artist. She leaves a zero environmental footprint in the creation of her work.

Pennys work: “Leaping Hare” (currently on display in her studio at the SHAC) recently won First prize at Ryde SWAP 2018 (Sustainable Waste Art Prize) and Third prize in the Royal Easter Show 2018.

Penny runs workshops at Glenmore House (near Camden), North Sydney Community Centre, and at her shared studio: Ink, Brush, Willow, at the SHAC. These workshops focus on bringing back artisan ways, e.g. willow hurdles and garden obelisks.

Penny also takes commission which range from sculptural work to garden ornamentation.

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