Eileen Tep

Eileen TepJirrbal Traditional Owner
Weaver

Eileen Tep is a Jirrbal woman of the Davidson Road area. She lives at the Jumbun Community near Murray Falls, north-west of Cardwell. She is a skilled weaver of Mindi, Gundula and Jawun bicornual baskets. Eileen learnt her weaving skills from her mother. When creating baskets, Eileen collects lawyer cane from the rainforest at the Jumbun community, removes the spiky outer ‘skin’ of the cane and prepares the cane from splitting by passing it through the fire. The cane is then finely split and woven into the Mindi, Gundula and Jawun bicornual shape.
Eileen is an emerging painter and ceramicist. Her work is inspired by and has its origins in the traditions and environment of her rainforest Aboriginal ancestors.

EXHIBITIONS:
2013 Ochres and Barks, Salt Gallery, Queenscliffe, Victoria
2013 Darwin Art Fair, Darwin, Northern Territory
2013 CIAF Presents, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, Queensland
2013 Umbrella at Canopy, Cairns, Queensland
2013 Girringun at Mission, Unique Frames, Mission Beach, Queensland
2012 Girringun at Merenda, Fremantle, Western Australia
2012 Art Elysées, galerie Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2012 Parcours des Mondes, galerie Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2012 Art with Altitude, Brisbane Airport, Queensland
2012 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne Exhibition Hall, Melbourne
2012 CIAF, Cairns Cruise Terminal, Cairns
2012 Gijalordi Screen Print Exhibition, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada
2012 Bagu with Jiman, Jam Factory, Adelaide
2012 Bagu Visits Mission, Unique Frames, Mission Beach
2011 Bagu With Jiman, Indigenous Ceramic Art Award Exhibition, Shepparton Art Museum, VIC
2011 Girringun Guni Mara, Merenda Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 Bagu On the Strand,Strand Ephemera, Townsville, Artistic Excellence Award.
2011 Gijalordi, KickArts, Cairns
2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns Cruise Terminal
2011 After The Storm, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns Cruise Terminal, Cairns
2011 Tully Agricultural Show, Tully
2011 Bunyaydinyu Bagu, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Girringun, Gallery Smith, Melbourne
2010 Tully Show Art Prize – Second place-Traditional Aboriginal Craft


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