Astro Rocks Botanical Bounty

Astro Rocks Botanical Bounty

Mali Moir Workshops 2021

In line with scientific practise, collecting and documenting Australia’s plant species contributes to our science institutions to aid longitudinal research projects and celebrates the  value our unique natural resources.

Art workshops with Mali Moir leading up to the Astro Rocks festival will include working with local Aboriginal people and other community members to locate, collect and illustrate unique local flora and bush tucker on country. Recording local knowledge of these plants and then creating artworks through drawing. As part of this workshop Mali will lead the process of going into the field to collect herbarium quality specimens. Botanical art drawing workshops are for any level from beginners to developed. Selected drawings from the community, created through Mali’s workshops, will be added to the proposed Genestreams sculpture. This work and research will be shared on www.sciart.com.au for a global audience to access.

Mali Moir worked as botanical illustrator at the National Herbarium of Victoria over 10 years as major contributor to Flora of Victoria and other science publications, artist on scientific field expeditions with Museum Victoria and the French Natural History Museum in PNG, together with leading an art and science project involving 30 artists, seasonally over 10 years, focusing on an historical plant collection in inland Australia. Mali taught botanical and natural history art through The Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne for over 20 years including conducting workshops nationally and internationally. Co-creator with Ben Beeton of the Art of Natural Systems online course, which aims to empower artists to work with conservationists and scientists on art residency projects in the field.