La Perouse Aboriginal Shell Art


Shellworkers, Esme Timbery and Marilyn Russell live and works in La Perouse, NSW. Ther shellworked harbour bridges, jewellery boxes and baby slippers are created from wood, glue, cardboard, fabric, glitter and shells gathered from the beaches of the NSW south coast.

Their work follows a long tradition of making artwork out of shells by the Aboriginal women of La Perouse and selling it at the Loop along with their menfolk who made artefacts such as boomerangs.

The shellwork of Esme and Marilyn is now considered high art and is found in the National Museum and art galleries around Australia and was recently presented to visiting royalty.