My new book, Future Girl, is out now! Future Girl is the art journal of Deaf sixteen-year-old Piper, a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne. Order your signed copy now.
I have written a music course for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, which teaches how to create music that is specifically adapted to an individual’s hearing loss. Deaf and HoH can learn to create their own songs in GarageBand.
I’m teaching a free online course in Auslan – Australian Sign Language. Learn basic signs in bite-sized lessons of around ten signs each.
My art journal is my best friend, my life coach and a visual extravaganza. I’ve developed a method of lazy journaling that still results in a stunning book. Learn online here.
I am the author of The Grimstones – an award winning junior fiction book series featuring my family of handmade gothic puppets.
I’ve written many articles about living a sustainable life, living creatively, and more. You’ll find them all via my guide to my blog.
I paint quirky, sweet characters who’ll touch you and inspire you. I like to represent those of us who are different, to remind us that inclusion is for everyone. My work is available online in my shop.
My art exhibition, Love, Lies and Indoctrination, opens at Lismore Regional Gallery on Friday 29 October at 5.30pm. The exhibition is at 11 Rural St Lismore and runs until Sunday 21 November.
The opening event is free but due to Covid restrictions, please book here.
The exhibition will also be available online here. (It will go live on 29 October.)
The exhibition is an exploration of the strange customs of our society and the challenge of belonging, when we can’t or won’t follow those customs, perhaps due to feminist ideals, chronic illness, disability, queer identity, or just disagreeing with them. It’s easy for us to assume that many social conventions are just the natural way of things, and yet when you look closely, many are quite bizarre. Are they healthy for us? Should we find another way to live? These are the questions I hope to provoke and explore through the unique lens of being Deaf, queer, chronically ill and needing to use a wheelchair.
Check out my new music course for Deaf and Hard of Hearing:
My new book, Future Girl, published by Allen & Unwin, is out now!
‘A life-changing book for young Deaf and disabled people… of personal growth and pride – demonstrating the importance of the #OwnVoices movement.’
CARLY FINDLAY, OAM
Piper’s mum wants her to be ‘normal’, to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and Melbourne lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get food.
When she meets Marley, a CODA (child of Deaf adult), a door opens into a new world – where Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience is created through growing your own food rather than it being delivered on a truck.
As she dives into learning Auslan, sign language that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive, Piper finds herself falling hard for Marley. But Marley, who has grown up in the Deaf community yet is not Deaf, is struggling to find his place in the hearing world. How can they be together?
Future Girl is the art journal of sixteen-year-old Piper, a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne, created by me, Deaf writer, artist and activist.
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