Handmark Hobart presents an exhibition featuring new work by Leonie Oakes and Michele Harrington. Oakes has on display a new range of intricately designed dresses while Harrington is showcasing a range of new gold and sliver jewellery with her signature geometric shapes.
Leonie Oakes is a multidisciplinary artist crossing photography, artists books and printmaking. Leonie graduated with a Master Research Degree from the University of Tasmania in 2009 where she was the recipient of a prestigious APA scholarship. Her work has been included in a variety of publications and ABC broadcasts. Leonie has also been the recipient of a variety of practice and teaching based national and state grants. These have included Hatched PICA, first prize in Glamorgan Spring Bay, Bernie wearable paper award and Alice Springs Red Hot Arts Natural Fibre Awards for her visual research and practice. Leonie is known for her printed paper dresses and photographic portraits exploring themes of the body, inherited text and fairy tale. She has explored themes of the body, inherited text and fairy tale. She has exhibited regularly nationally since 1999. Her work is included in National and international print folios and her work is included in public and private collections including Charles Sturt University Collection, State Library of Victoria and Artspace Mackay.
“The acquisition and refinement of new technical skills is the reason I make. I particularly enjoy the engineering and problem solving aspects of work at the bench, using precious metals, tools and heat to create a satisfying and eminently wearable piece of jewellery. Geometric shapes are my starting and finishing point. I challenge myself to reduce every piece to its simplest, cleanest finite form. I strive always to make clean modern pieces, gently softened by filigree or other details to provide a feminine edge, without compromising the strong, balanced linear design. This collection is a simple snap-shot of my current evolving work practice.” – Michele Harrington