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Lee, Grace Lillian
Born in Cairns and trained in Fashion Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Grace Lillian Lee is a young and emerging designer whose work explores the aesthetic possibilities of traditional craft techniques within a contemporary fashion and art context. Known for her body adornments Lee references ritual performance and traditional crafts, drawing upon and deepening Grace’s ongoing explorations into palm-leaf weaving techniques—affectionately referred to in the Torres Strait as “prawn-weaving”. The practice is common in the Torres Strait, used for practical basketry, and more decoratively for hanging ornaments and children’s play objects—such as toy prawns (hence its nickname, prawn-weaving).
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Cotton webbing, goose feathers, beads, timber cane, cotton and wool thread
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68 x 28 x 76 cm (irregular, largest dimensions)
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Cairns (NE Qld SE55-02)
Acquired from Cairns Regional Gallery 25/07/2016.
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Lee’s body sculpture incorporates the ‘Grasshopper weaving’ technique distinguished in the children’s toys and hanging ornaments of the Torres Strait Islands. As demonstrated in this particular piece, Lee adapts and develops the ‘Grasshopper weaving’ technique through the manipulation of scale, shape, form and material type to explore contemporary issues, such as multiculturalism and identity. Lee learnt the craft from Uncle Ken Thaiday, an established artist from Darnley Island renowned for magnificent ceremonial headdresses.
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|Access rights||Open access|
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Grace Lillian Lee
Licenced to AIATSIS. All rights reserved.
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