Liritja | Necklace Lynette Lewis

Liritja (necklace) crafted using Wayanu Tatu (quandong seed), cast resin, wood, glass, 62cm. Ernabella Arts and The Indigenous Jewellery Project.

Lynette Lewis is a young Pitjantjatjara artist who has quickly become a leading ceramicist and jeweller. Her work as a jeweller features exceptional beading designs using beads and cast wayanu (quondong).

Her work as a contemporary jeweller began in 2015 when she undertook a contemporary jewellery workshop at Ernabella Arts with Melinda Young and Emily McCulloch Childs of The Indigenous Jewellery Project. Her striking necklaces (called 'liritja' in her language Pitjantjatjara) created with this project were exhibited in 'Borne', curated by Margarita Sampson at Stanley Street Galleries, Sydney, 2016, and in the National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Gallery, touring to Sturt Craft Centre, NSW, 2016, making her the first Aboriginal artist to be exhibited in this award.

In 2017, she held a solo exhibition of her contemporary jewellery working with Ernabella Arts and The Indigenous Jewellery Project, called Mara Ninti: Clever Hands, as part of Women in Design, at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, for DESIGN Canberra.

Her ceramic exhibitions include Yangupala Tjuta Waakarinyi . Many Young People Working, touring exhibition of ceramics from Ernabella Arts at Sabbia Gallery, Sydney and the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, 2015 and  Pukatjalanguru kungka tjuta kunpu warkarinytja – Ernabella women: strong work, together, Sabbia Gallery, 2016.

Type: Jewellery

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