Elisa Jane Carmichael acknowledges the traditional owners of the land that inspires so much of her art
and pays respect to our Elders,
past, present and future.
Elisa Jane Carmichael belongs
to the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay, Queensland,
Australia and is a descendant of
the Ngugi people.
About the Artist
Elisa Jane Carmichael belongs to the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Elisa is very passionate about nurturing and preserving her strong connection to the sand and sea, Yoolooburrabee. Her practice visually explores the beauty of nature and surrounding environment, drawing inspiration from her cultural identity and heritage.
Elisa is a graduate of the Queensland College of Art in a Bachelor of Fine Art and is currently completing a Masters of Fine Art in Fashion by Research at the Queensland University of Technology. Her practice traverses across a range of mediums which has seen her creative works and collaborations exhibited nationally in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and internationally in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and India. Elisa has presented her university research at Oxford University, United Kingdom and has assisted internationally acclaimed artists. Her work has been published in national and international publications, whilst she has also facilitated arts workshops globally.
Affectionately known as ‘Leecee’ to her nearest and dearest , she works in array of colours and materials weaving her family’s connection to country through paints and fibres.
Elisa Jane Carmichael's Works
Elisa Jane Carmichael expresses her creativity over a variety of artistic mediums, including canvas with acrylic paints, found materials, natural fibres and synthetic materials incorporated into weaves.
Weaving; Past Present Future
Based on a collection of six sculptural forms of dress that form Carmichael’s creative practice for her Masters of Fine Art in Fashion at the Queensland University of Technology. Using jersey offcuts, recycled found materials, natural elements, cotton twine and cotton fabric digitally printed with the designs of her paintings, Carmichael hand makes the cording that forms her garments using the traditional techniques of looping, twining and coiling. Carmichael has shaped her own stories, using her hands, weaving personal narratives into wearable mediums, reviving the techniques of our ancestors’ traditional forms of everyday dress, contributing to an intergenerational history whilst acknowledging the strength and structures of traditional weaving techniques which have influenced the structure of the materials we wear today.
Weaving: Past Present Futures acknowledges the first forms of Australian adornments and textiles which have been unrecognised in the history of Australia and the history of Australian fashion. Through adapting traditional techniques into innovative woven forms, Carmichael’s works explore weaving past, present and future.
Elisa Jane Carmichael's Paintings
Elisa Jane Carmichael's Fibre Art
Night Fire, Synthetic polymer on canvas 2016
Sacred Sands, synthetic polymer on canvas 2016
Looking into the bush, 2016 Synthetic polymer on canvas
Brown lake, 2015, synthetic polymer on canvas
Tide Lines, Synthetic polymer on canvas, 2016
Fresh water swamp reeds above and below 2, 2015
Fresh water swamp reeds from above and below 2, 2016, Synthetic polymer on canavs
fishing net a float, synthetic polymer and yarn on canvas, 2015
owtide sunrise sand 2015, synthetic polymer on canvas
sandshell beds, 2015, synthetic polymer on canvas
sea and the sand, 2015, Synthetic polymer on canvas
sunset low tide, synthetic polymer on canvas, 2015
100 for 100, 2014, synthetic polymer on canvas
Grass trees flowering, 2014, synthetic polymer on canvas
Ferns growing back after the burn, 2014 synthetic polymer on canvas
A bed of yunngaire
Coil strand by strand
Elisa Jane Carmichael
Elisa and Judy Watson - Tow Row
Plastic bed of seagrass