Project Description

Dea & Lea

Dea & Lea are childhood friends from Ballarat. Lea is currently living in Mount Eliza and working as a Fashion Designer, since the age of sixteen. Dea, still lives on her ancestral Country of Ballarat and has also exhibited and made art since the early age of sixteen. Both have stayed true to their dreams. Their favourite childhood memory is of sitting in the fields of wild daffodils in Gordon. Both Dea and Lea are committed to Fashion that speaks of Art, Culture and the human existence of life as seen through our eyes.

When an opportunity arose in 2018 for the two to work together for the first time, they jumped at it. Having been invited to exhibit at Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, 2018, resulting in a collaboration, that continues today.

A Kulin Season Scarf Collection is available through Dea’s Designs and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Along with a collaborative Kimono Collection, available as a pre order item through this website. Please allow up to four weeks delivery on some items. Kimono’s are currently available in two colours and sizes: 8 – 12 and 14 – 20, with most sizes fitting all.

Lea is also available to create any dresses seen on this website, or as one off bespoke garments for special occasions or everyday wear, including tops, dresses, jackets and pants. Lea can be contacted directly by email:

corde.macrame@gmail.com @corde_macrame Instagram.

Dea & Lea Designs

Koonawarra the Black Swan of Lake Wendouree

The story of the swan who wanted to be a human. Koonawarra, then killed a woman and stole her heart. Only to be killed by the woman’s lover.

Smoking, Cleansing Pattern

Inspiration: Smoking, cleansing, healing and fire clearing season.

Diamond and Circle, traditional artefact symbols. Waratah/ Summer

The diamond and circle pattern, reference camp fires, yarning, and ceremony. This is a way of keeping our culture alive and telling a story about the lived experiences of my ancestors, through textile art. The black vest references traditional animal skins.

Black and White, Circle and Diamond Traditional Marks

Inspiration: Diamond and Circle traditional artefact symbols. Black skin, white ancestral spirit.

Smoking, cleansing, healing and fire clearing season

Depicting a traditional smoking ceremony, using gum leaves for strength and the cherry ballart plant for healing. Smoke and movement are represented in the cord garment.

Fabric

Koonawarra the Black Swan of Lake Wendouree

The story of the swan who wanted to be a human. Koonawarra, then killed a woman and stole her heart. Only to be killed by the woman’s lover.

Murnong, Yam Daisy

Inspiration for this fabric comes from my Wadawurrung women, digging for murnong to feed their children.

Purple Native Orchid, Black Background

Inspiration for this fabric was my nan Elsie Gilson as it was her favourite flower.

Pink Native Orchid, White Background

The wild native orchids are depicted here alongside a river bed with the wave pattern in the background.

Red and Black Diamond and Circle Waratah

Inspiration: Diamond and Circle, traditional artefact symbols. Waratah/ Summer.

Black & Red Waratah Bouquet

Inspired by the red Waratah of Australia

Black and White, Circle and Diamond Traditional Marks

Inspiration: Diamond and Circle traditional artefact symbols. Black skin, white ancestral spirit.

Smoking, Cleansing Pattern

Inspiration: Smoking, cleansing, healing and fire clearing season.

Smoking, cleansing, healing and fire clearing season

Depicting a traditional smoking ceremony, using gum leaves for strength and the cherry ballart plant for healing. Smoke and movement are represented in the cord garment.

Native Banksias

Native Banksia including silver Banksia a Victorian native.

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