Friday 25 January 2013

Esme Timbery

This Australia Day I'd like to recognise the first inhabitants of Australia, and celebrate the art of the renowned Aboriginal shell artist Esme Timbery. Her shell covered harbour bridges, slippers, shoes and other objects are created using shells collected from the south coast of NSW.

Esme comes from a long line of shell artists from Sydney's La Perouse, a beautiful area with a large Aboriginal population on the headland of Botany Bay where she lives and works. 

shellworked slippers 2008

This beautiful art work is exhibited at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. It's a memorial to the Stolen Generation - Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities by government authorities. Their emptiness represents the absence of those children from their families and communities. 

Esme Timbery decorated these amazing platform shoes with shells, glitter and lace for the design label Romance Was Born Spring/Summer collection. They appeared in Sydney Fashion Week 2009/2010.

In 2005 she won first prize for her shell worked harbour bridge in the Parliament of NSW Art Prize.

 pristine beaches at La Perouse.

See some other photos I've taken at La Perouse here & here.


  1. Esme's work is fabulous. I love the bridges and the platforms, all of it actually! x

  2. What a fabulous art! One of the places we went swimming at when we stayed in Sydney a couple of years ago was La Perouse!

  3. I love the opera house and those platforms...what a talented lady we have here on home soil.....xo

  4. What a fabulous post featuring an amazing artist and a heartfelt tribute to her amazing work and the meaning behind it xx Tina

  5. I love this post. So thoughtful. Esme is a true inspiration. I remember seeing something on television about her years ago and I was captivated. I adore that piece at the MCA. I thought you might like this too.

  6. Amazing creations! Loved your post about her work x

  7. What a unique art and she is so beautiful at it.

  8. oh my they are beautiful thank you for sharing her lovely creations

  9. Those pieces are so stunning and the story demonstrated by the shoes very effective. Those beaches look fantastic just right for a swim!
    Sarah x

  10. Beautiful art. Hope you have a wonderful Australia Day.


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