Docklands Library and Craft present maker Amanda May Lee in a thoughtful and inspiring display of paper artistry.
Designed to complement the sense of history, heritage and identity of the Docklands, Amanda May’s installation at Library at the Dock takes the form of a supersized banksia branch.
With a view across the harbour to the Banskia building at NewQuay, the foyer of Library at the Dock is the perfect place for a banksia of a different material. Like the blank page at the beginning of a library book, the pieces have been crafted from white paper.
The curiosity and creativity of humans turned nature into paper; now it takes on a form visually similar to nature again. In the context of a future that looks to be increasingly city-based, this represents an aspiration for our urban life to coexist with or pay tribute to nature.
From paper flowers to fashion accessories, Amanda May creates custom handmade statement pieces for special events, decorations and styling.
With an interest in creating bold pieces to transform a space and create immersive experiences, Amanda currently works primarily in paper.
An honours degree in Fashion Design and a childhood of crafting underpin Amanda's design process. A local independent designer, Amanda May conceives, engineers and crafts the pieces right here in Melbourne.
Nature, manmade nature, illusions and artifice are strong influences on Amanda's work, as well as the surreal. Scale plays an important part in suspending reality and playing with perception, hijacking expectations to amuse and intrigue.