Currently a bookbinding teacher, Leonie Oakes has been making books since the 1980’s. Her interest in books developed as a result of her studies in printmaking and photography at the Centre for the Arts in Tasmania.
Her interdisciplinary art practice uses a variety of materials, techniques and processes that are linked by reoccurring themes. Her practice includes a diverse range of bookbinding techniques from traditional binding to innovative and contemporary book techniques.
The central theme of her current work considers the notion that the book can be used visually as a vehicle to express the self and the female body. Oakes has considered the notion that traumatic experience can manifest internally and physically emerge like a hidden text unfolding. Leonie explains that she creates books as sculpture, as wearable objects, as props, as images and all as vehicles for the stories we all hold. The work reveals a fragmented and broken text, giving glimpses of the past rather than a full disclosure of the actual story.
Her work can currently be seen in the Handmark Gallery in Australia.