What did you do before this job?
I trained as an artist and made work exploring the fragile relationship between the natural world and the human constructed environment. These works are generally made from discarded ‘waste’ materials, which led me to apply for a part time job at the Landfill's Tip Shop all the way back in 2007.
This was a dream job. It helped fund my art practice and provided a perfect vantage point to scout for art materials. And it felt good to be saving usable things from going to the landfill.
The Tip Shop is still one of my favourite places. It’s more than just a second-hand shop – it’s a point of connection for a whole community of people including creatives, fixers, tinkerers and collectors.
In 2020 I was offered a six-month secondment as an educator in the Waste Minimisation Team. I loved the work and the team and at the end of the secondment was offered a permanent position, and now I never want to leave!
What's been your greatest achievement?
Juggling having a family, work and art making – although the art making didn’t last long but I guess being able to let that go for a while is a healthy achievement too.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Hanging out with family and friends, fixing and building stuff, gardening, making huts and potions with the kids.