2012 Betta Milk and Burnie Regional Art Gallery Sustainable Fashion Award $2500

Leonie Oakes
With Shadows that were their nightgowns

  With Shadows that were their nightgowns  Maps, ephemera, antique paper, thread, letter press, screenprint, shellac, dye, ribbon. Photo: Bernie Carr

With Shadows that were their nightgowns
Maps, ephemera, antique paper, thread, letter press, screenprint, shellac, dye, ribbon.
Photo: Bernie Carr

About the piece
With Shadows that were their nightgowns… conveys a narrative that reveals – partially - a hidden internal story of the body, and the inherited cultural text we receive when we are bought into the world.  This text is never complete, however, so the work and the materials used suggest a fragmented and broken text, rather than the disclosure of an actual story. (Edited from Artist’s Design Concept submitted with entry).  When interviewed after receiving the award Leonie commented “My designs fixate on the hidden stories we, as humans, keep quiet. It’s only upon an intimate interaction with the person, or dress, that outsiders can start to read their story.” (The Advocate 25th May, 2012). Leonie has studied the cultural associations of the history of women, and women’s bodies, in relation to the book. With Shadows that were their nightgowns… uses pages from vintage women’s etiquette books, reflecting the fragility inherent in the themes of the work.

Materials: ephemera, maps, antique book pages, letterpress, thread, shellac and dye
 

 
 Photo: Port Jackson Press

Photo: Port Jackson Press

About the artist
A prolific and in-demand artist and teacher, Leonie has a background in bookbinding, printing, photography, paper and wearable art.  Based primarily in Hobart, Leonie is a featured artist at the Handmark gallery in Salamanca place, where locals and visitors alike have been entranced by her series of printed paper dresses.  Leonie has exhibited throughout Tasmania, including the Long and Side Space Galleries (also in Salamanca), Meadowbank Gallery, Schoolhouse Gallery (Rosny), Plimsoll Gallery (UTAS) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.  In 2016 Leonie was a featured artist at the York Festival in WA. Her recent solo exhibition Trembling Lips Echo (April 2017) at the Port Jackson Press in Collingwood was extremely well received. 

Leonie has been awarded and commended in both academia and the arts.  In 2000 she was the recipient of the Golden Key Honor Society for Academic Achievement. 2003 saw her awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award, along with being a Fullbright National Finalist.  She won first prize in the printmaking section of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council Art Prize (2011), and was a finalist in the Hutchins Art Prize (2003).  In addition to Leonie’s teaching career and strong dedication to artistic practice, Leonie has organised many print exchanges (both national and international) and undertaken numerous artist in residencies.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/wednesday-artist-leonie-oakes.html
http://www.yorkfestival.com.au/exhibitions/leonie-oakes/