150 x 75 cm
I was inspired to explore seagrass meadows after attending the UWA final year marine science student’s research camp at Camp Quaranup in April 2022. The students were researching whether the transplanted seagrass meadows in Albany harbours were facilitating the growth of adjacent natural seagrass meadows.
Seagrass meadows are among the most productive ecosystems in the world. They help to keep oceans healthy and absorb greenhouse gas emissions as well as providing habitat and food sources. Seagrass meadows are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world with their decline linked to human activities, climate change, coastal development, degraded water quality and boating.
In the 1980s Geoff Bastyan, Marine Scientist, identified that there was an 80% loss of seagrass meadows in Oyster Harbour due to catchment clearing and excessive agricultural nutrient run off. In 1994 he began seagrass transplantation trials in Oyster Harbour. Since then this restoration has continued with the seagrass restoration in Albany harbours now considered one the most successful in the world.
Photo 1. Detail of Meadow Dance
Photo 2. Seagrass Frenchman Bay
Photo 3. Posidonia Australia rhizome UWA Marine Science Students Field Trip at Camp Quaranup
Photo 4 Seagrass detail, Frenchman Bay
Photos by Lynley Campbell
Lynley Campbell is a textile artist who works primarily in felt, creating wearables and 3D art works. Working with felt gives her an ongoing connection to her rural roots in New Zealand. Lynley is constantly fascinated by the felting process as it moulds and manipulates wool/fibre into strong kinetic objects. She has continual wonderment at the transformation of the materials into a completely new form.