The Weave : Red Necklace
Woven neck piece
Grace Lillian Lee | ISBN WEAVERD
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Grace Lillian Lee’s pieces are exemplary of the kind of radical creative practice emerging out of contemporary Australia. As an artist, designer and curator (locally and internationally), Lee crosses disciplinary boundaries in order to break down social and political boundaries. The weaving technique used in these necklaces, affectionately known as ‘prawn-weaving’, derives from Torres Strait Islander palm weaving. While her expertise suggests a lifetime of practice, Lee was only introduced to the Torres Strait Islands as a young adult when she escorted her grandmother back home after 57 years of absence. Far from being rebellious, Lee’s grandmother left the Torres Strait Islands and raised Lee’s father solely through her husband’s Chinese culture in order to avoid the worst social ostracisation and give him a better chance in Australia.
Having taken on this family history, been mentored by influential Australian artist Uncle Ken Thaiday and graduated from RMIT in Melbourne, Lee’s synthesis of art, design, culture and politics is seamlessly and expertly articulated through her pieces. ‘Acceptance’, as Lee has stated, is at the core of her work and is felt not only conceptually but also in the material qualities of the necklaces. Made out of metres of ubiquitous cotton twill binding, these necklaces are comfortable and lightweight, easy to wear as a collar or lower down as a pendant. They are striking statement pieces that exceed aesthetics and advance both design and social progression.
The Weave is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional weaving technique from the Torres Strait Islands.
Dimensions: 35cm approx in length, 3cm in width, with 35cm tie.
Made in Australia
Grace Lillian Lee is a multicultural Australian artist known for drawing inspiration from her indigenous heritage. She has become known for her wearable interpretations of traditional Torres Strait Island weaving techniques that take the form of body sculptures and accessories. By bringing such techniques into the contexts of both art and fashion Grace has engaged a wide audience allowing her to develop a successful business based on woven accessories, celebrating and exploring her lineage. Grace’s creations have exhibited at The National Gallery of Victoria, the Jam Factory, Adelaide and Cairns Regional Gallery.