Cassie Leatham is a 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. Exclusive to the NGV design store and commissioned for Melbourne Design Week 2020, a new contemporary jewellery collection by Leatham, So Murrup Manggii (Spirit Within) comprises earrings, necklaces and brooch pins, incorporating sterling silver with feathers, gumnuts, eucalyptus pods and river reeds collected from her home in Boisdale, Victoria, as well as materials foraged from trips back to her own Country. So Murrup Manggii (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.
Cassie Leatham’s jewellery collection was made over the 2019–20 summer. Living within proximity of the bushfire-affected area of East Gippsland, her jewellery reflects the beauty of Country and the urgent need to protect and take care of it.
Materials: oxidised sterling silver, found feathers from wedge-tailed eagle, barn owl, rainbow lorikeet, galah and cockatoo.
Materials: raffia, flax, found feathers from barn owl, rainbow lorikeet, galah and cockatoo, sterling silver.