5 October 2018
Dea & Lea
Wathaurung visual artist Deanne Gilson has collaborated with fashion designer Lea Oldjohn to create Dea & Lea, a range of sophisticated clothes which reflect the six seasons of Aboriginal culture, with particular reference to Australian native flowers.
Traditional and contemporary marks are printed onto fabric, then transformed into stylish, contemporary, one-off pieces by Lea. The designs move between the exotic Australian native plants and bush tucker foods used for women’s business and ceremonies. Deanne is interested in empowering women from all walks of life, through her art practice and links to culture and ceremony. Lea then connects past crafts to wearable art objects to create contemporary artworks in their own right.