Bryony Anderson and the Frugal Forest

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Bryony Anderson is a puppet-maker, designer and visual artist based on the mid-north coast of NSW. Her practice is driven by a vision for spectacular feats of art while treading as lightly as possible. She harnesses recovered household and industrial waste as a resource and inspires the community to join her in creating monumental art works with a powerful message.

Her current project, the Frugal Forest, is in its final stage of production before premiering at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie in January 2016. From there, it will tour regionally in an effort to spark a conversation about reimagining the way we use resources. The analogy: that nothing is wasted in a forest, and that human systems are a continuum of this ecology. The exhibition itself will be a 40 square metre installation, with a 4 metre-high canopy and an under-storey of shrubs, vines, sedges and leaf litter. It will be a twilit space with a meandering forest path, populated with the sounds of the forest via a soundscape made also from junk, and cleverly layered by composer Rae Howell. Catch the premiere of the Frugal Forest at the Glasshouse from January 9th, 2016 or find tour information, educational materials and artists profiles via

Chay Khamsone has done a lovely job on a short Makers and Creators doco about the Frugal Forest for ABC Open.