Eleanor unveiled her work at a special event, attended by Rathdowne Place residents and staff, as well as guests from RMIT and the Ngarara Willim Centre.
General Manager of Rathdowne Place, Gavin Young, praised Eleanor’s enthusiasm.
“Eleanor spent the week engaging with the Rathdowne Place community and she enlightened our guests about where she drew her inspiration from and how it poignantly aligned to this year’s NAIDOC Week theme,” he said.
“These beautiful pieces of art were purchased by Rathdowne Place and will proudly hang on the ground floor.”
Eleanor found the public studio space allowed her to interact with residents, visitors and staff, an opportunity not normally available when working in a studio.
“I’ve had some interesting questions, people have been asking “how do you see what you design” and I’ve never really thought too much about that,” Eleanor said.
“So that’ll help me in the future, I’m now focusing more on my journaling and starting to think more about my processes.”
Eleanor also explained how moving to Melbourne and studying at RMIT has strengthened her connection to community.
“NAIDOC is becoming more involved in my life,” she said.
“Coming from a small country town it wasn’t really talked about. But, in Melbourne there’s pride and the mob here are more active. My passion has grown and that shows in my artwork.
“Melbourne has been a dream. It’s helped with my indigenous identity, my life and my art.”