Creative Residency Program at the Cottage

Creative Residency Project begins at Plant Craft Cottage.

The Friends are excited to announce an exciting new initiative at Plant Craft Cottage beginning this September. The Creative Residency Project is a new program designed to engage Melbourne based artists and makers who specifically use natural fibres or plant materials or artists working with botanical themes. 

At the Plant Craft Cottage, we cherish the handmade and value the sharing and passing on of traditional and contemporary knowledge and skills. The Creative Residency Project is another forum for attracting people to the cottage and sharing knowledge and skills. The project will see various artists or specialist craft groups such as Basketry Victoria or our very own Photography Group, create ‘mini’ exhibitions in the cottage throughout the year. Artists will be creating work onsite and sharing their artistic insights and skills with visitors to the Plant Craft Cottage along with teaching workshops and presenting illustrated talks.

The Creative Residency Project will also provide the artists with an opportunity to be enriched and inspired by the beauty and magic of the gardens. Be sure to look out for a full list of artists exhibiting in 2020, which will be published in the next edition of Botanic News.

Meet Eddy Carroll

Eddy Carroll, who is a Melbourne based artist who makes soft sculptures using textiles, is our inaugural ‘Artist in Residence’. Eddy examines ‘craft’ and sewing techniques to produce her work and has exhibited internationally and within Australia working with galleries, museums and public spaces. During her visit to Plant Craft cottage, Eddy will focus on research into floral motifs and the secret language of flowers featured in embroidery patterns and their placings on garments.

Visit Eddy at Plant Craft Cottage from 4 to 20 September between 10am – 3pm on Tuesdays – Fridays


or be part of a FREE Insiders’ visit to Plant Craft Cottage and Eddy’s exhibition on Thursday 12 September at 10am. Bookings (online under What's On) are required for the Insiders’ visit to the exhibition as Eddy will be presenting a casual talk about her craft and morning tea will be provided.