Melbourne Design Fair

Lisa Waup — 'Keeping Culture' 1/7, 2/7 and 4/7, 2018


Keeping Culture are small circular porcelain vessels adorned with different natural materials, each one is unique. Keeping Culture details the connection of Country and the strong link between Country and Culture – the two are intertwined. Each of the work are created from the use of natural materials – they are made from Country, they are keepers of identity.

The materials all have their own links to story, the materials have been collected from different Country around Australia

- Lisa Waup


Lisa Waup is a mixed-cultural First Peoples multidisciplinary artist and curator born in Naarm (Melbourne). Waup's practice spans diverse media, including weaving, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fashion and digital art. Through strong connections to symbology and materiality, her work connects her to family, Country, history and story, exploring personal experiences and a broader historical narrative.  

Her work eloquently illustrates her life’s journey through discovery and connection, highlighting the importance of tracing lost history, ancestral relationships, Country, motherhood, and time, which ultimately are woven into stories of her past, present and future into contemporary forms. 


As a participant in the inaugural Melbourne Design Fair, Craft Victoria will present a curated collection of the most exciting makers in Australian craft and design. The exhibition will feature 13 makers working across ceramics, textiles, glass and metal, including textile artist Anastasia La Fey, ceramic artist Belle Thierry, textile artist Caro Pattle, ceramic artist Danielle Thiris, furniture and lighting designer Dean Toepfer, artist and experimental designer Jessie French, metalsmith Kenny Yong-Soo, multidisciplinary artist and weaver Lisa Waup, glass artist Misseu, ceramicist Owen Rye, ceramicist Vanessa Lucas, and ceramicist Yoko Ozawa.

Makers will come together in an immersive installation with emerging practitioners featured alongside established designers, showcasing creative ingenuity and material mastery.

Initiated by the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, the fair is a new platform for the craft and design community to bring their collective creative energy together and sell one-off, limited edition pieces in a unique, cultural experience over five days.


Materials: bull kelp, ink, emu feathers, pandanus, wood, seed, shells, semi precious stone, cotton thread

Dimensions:  approx. 12cm x 10cm x 8cm each

Please note: This is for three works: 'Keeping Culture' 1/7, 2/7 and 4/7

Contact a Craft consultant for more information or to commission a similar work 

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