EXHIBITION TIMES: 12–22 MAR, 10AM–5PM DAILY
Cassie Leatham is a proud Taungurung/Wurundjeri artist, designer and weaver who draws inspiration from the cultural practices of her ancestors by researching and transforming techniques perfected by Aboriginal people from the South East of Australia. Leatham’s new contemporary jewellery collectionSpirit Within acknowledges her personal journey to strengthen and celebrate her connection to Country and culture.
Leatham incorporates feathers, gumnuts, river reeds, flax, seeds, and fine sterling silver to create this new collection. Feathers hold a special bond for Leatham as her Great-Great Grandmother was a feather flower maker, once creating these special objects as adornments for gifts and for ceremony. By collecting and incorporating found feathers from various native birds into her designs, Leatham pays tribute to her family and honours the traditions of her ancestors.
Central to Leatham’s practice is her respect for the environment. The natural components of her work are made from recycled and found materials, and as part of her practice, she acknowledges the role each piece plays in a balanced and healthy eco-system. Spirit Within combines feathers and grasses collected from Leatham’s home in Boisdale, Victoria as well as materials foraged from trips back to her own Country.
Exclusive to the NGV Design store, Spirit Within shares Leatham’s love of her Country, acknowledging the importance of the plants and animals that play such an essential role in her life and artistic practice.