May Gibbs: the botany of May Gibbs’ books
Come and enjoy a special talk on May's use of Western Australian flora. Learn how her voice, then and now, speaks to us of our environment. Set against the backdrop of an exhibition celebrating the centenary of Gum-Nut Babies and Gum-Blossom Babies.
The arrival of these little bush sprites brought the Australian bush alive and made people look closer at our fauna and flora.
Born in England, May, an illustrator, cartoonist and author, arrived in Australia at the age of four to a very unfamiliar land. However with pencil and paper in hand she developed a love and early appreciation of Australia’s unique species.
Against the backdrop of an exhibition celebrating the centenary of these books, where you can view original May Gibbs artworks, including examples of May’s early botanical art, cartoons and WWI postcards, the Society presents a floor talk focusing on how May’s voice continues to resonate through the decades and honours her passion and awareness of the need for environmental care.
Artwork: May Gibbs Copyright: Northcott Society & Cerebral Palsy Alliance 2017