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Art Sale in Support of World Water Week
Colours of Water Festival
Colours of Water Exhibition
   Kathy Haffegee
   Mae-Wan Ho
   Li Poon
   Matt Poon
Compositions in Chinese Ink
   Homage to Black
   Homage to Black 2
   Homage to Black 3
Flower Power Exhibition
   Flower Stories - Kathy Haffegee
   Water Flowers - Mae-Wan Ho
   Cosmic Flowers - Li Poon
   Lost Flowers - Rosemary Mason
Flow Forms Exhibition
   Flow Forms - Mae-Wan Ho

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Kathy Haffegee is a textile and mixed media artist who, since her retirement in 2000, developed an interest in patchwork and quilting and progressed to experimenting in embellishing her quilts with hand and free machine embroidery.
She has a City and Guilds qualification in creative embroidery, and has been showing and selling her work and sharing her knowledge and skills within the quilting community for the past 13 years.  Her works have appeared frequently in the pages of Science in Society, and were exhibited in both of ISIS’ art/science festivals: Celebrating ISIS, Quantum Jazz Biology*Medicine*Art March 2011 ( and Colours of Water March 2013 (

Kathy is fired by her love of nature and plant forms. For the current exhibition, she depicts garden or wildflowers that burst into bloom each spring in three different media: traditional machine appliqué on commercial fabric, roller printing and stamping on calico, and hand embroidery on hand dyed felt using vibrant variegated threads.

Kathy lives in the New City of Milton Keynes, England. She is a member of the Stacy Hill Stitchers, a group which meets in and supports the local museum. Some of her unique work is produced as a result of challenges within this group. When not busy with her craft Kathy enjoys spending time with and friends, walking, cooking, gardening and trying to keep her reluctant body fit! See collection Flower Stories

Mae-Wan Ho, Director and co-founder of the Institute of Science in Society ( to reclaim science for the public good, is best known for pioneering work on the physics of organisms and sustainable systems and the liquid crystalline water of the living matrix; also a staunch critic of neo-Darwinian theory and the biotech industry. Much in demand as a public speaker and a prolific writer, Mae-Wan has more than 170 scientific publications, 18 books, and over 600 popular articles and essays across all disciplines.

Regarded by some as “the most influential scientist alive today,” her work not only informs the public and policy-makers, but is also deeply appreciated by other scientists as well as those trained in arts and the humanities, being herself an artist and occasional poet.

It has been her life-long ambition to integrate sciences, arts and the humanities in a complete way of knowing, understanding, and living. She started painting over 40 years ago, and has finally found her element in water. She published a book on the quantum physics and chemistry of water in living organisms, Living Rainbow H2O, as a sequel to The Rainbow and the Worm - The Physics of Organisms (first published in 1993 and now in its 3rd 2008 edition), and developed a new style of painting that comes directly from her intimate knowledge and love of water. She paints what it feels to be water, and to be in water. “Water and colours fall, flow, merge, and overlap of their own accord, to perfectly capture each unique moment of creation.” A selection of her first water works was on show ( in the Colours of Water art/science/music festival in March 2013 (

Her collection in the current exhibition, Water Flowers, goes one step further in expressing water as the medium of consciousness in flowers and in the universe at large. See collection Water Flowers

Rosemary Mason has had a longstanding interest in conservation, and was former Chair of the West Area, Glamorgan Wildlife Trust. She had worked for the National Health Service for 35 years as Consultant Anaesthetist to West Glamorgan Health Authority, authored Anaesthesia Databook: A perioperative and peripartum manual, Edns 1989, 1994 and 2001, Cambridge University Press, served as Assistant Editor of Anaesthesia 1990-2000, and was awarded Pask Certificate for Services to Anaesthesia 2001.

Rosemary now lives in South Wales with her husband Palle Uhd Jepsen, former Senior Adviser in Nature Conservation to the Danish Forest and Nature Agency. They set up a small nature reserve in 2006 when UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced the closure of its wildlife research centres.

At the beginning, they photographed and documented many pollinators and other invertebrates. By 2013-2014, there was a large drop in diversity and numbers of invertebrates, and many of the flowers on which they feed became diseased. This coincided with the presence of glyphosate herbicide in tap and river water. The glyphosate levels in tap water in August 2014 were tenfold those found in August 2013, from the urban use of Roundup on weeds, particularly invasive weeds, which had become resistant to the herbicide. Her collection Lost Flowers are photographs taken in 2009 to 2010 of pollinators and flowers that are in demise by 2013-2014. See collection Lost Flowers

Li Poon was born and brought up in Hong Kong where he began oil painting as a teenager for commercial galleries before winning a competition in Chinese painting. He graduated with a first class degree in Applied Physics and Information Science from University of California, San Diego in the United States, and started a Ph. D. in engineering. But his artistic impulse soon took over and he became a serious artist instead. Li has been resident artist at Science in Society since the beginning. His works have appeared on and inside the covers of the magazine so often that they have become the magazine’s trademark.

Li has been experimenting over the years and developing a unique fusion of indigenous European, Chinese and Meso-American styles, but going well beyond them. His works are bold, spontaneous and protean, yet often finely crafted with surprising details that emerge according to inspiration of the moment. He sees them as intimate dialogues with the continuous creative process that is our universe. This is clearly evident in his collection, Cosmic Flowers, which seems to tap into the source of creation. Li is also an accomplished Spanish guitarist, and the mesmerizing quality of the music transfers into the paintings.

Li has exhibited in both of ISIS art/science festivals, Celebrating ISIS, Quantum Jazz Biology*Medicine*Art ( and Colours of Water March 2013 ( His paintings are in private collections around the world. See collection Cosmic Flowers