Cinnamon Lee is an Australian artist who specialises in finely crafted jewellery and lighting. Trained in the traditional discipline of gold and silversmithing, and one of the first contemporary jewellers to harness the potential of digital fabrication, her practice spans over two decades. During this time she has been the recipient of numerous awards and established an international reputation as a pioneer in her field.
Compelled by an interest in the physical sciences, Lee embraces the capabilities of cutting edge technologies to facilitate making the ‘impossible’ possible. Through her careful integration of conventional metalsmithing techniques with computer-aided processes, Lee’s work unites hand and machine with designs that challenge the conventions of metal fabrication, and question preconceived notions of preciousness and value.
While the fundamental relationship between material and process drives her practice, Lee’s concepts are informed by the relationships between people and the intimate connections that define them. This dynamic interplay is made evident in her interactive lighting works and subtly reiterated in her covert jewellery designs. Both share an aesthetic of sleek modernity while impelling a sense of wonder and surprise.
As well as exhibiting regularly throughout Australia, she has also been invited to exhibit in New York, London, Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan, where she received accolades for her unique and innovative designs. Lee's work is highly collectable with both her lighting and jewellery design represented in the National Gallery of Australia.
Cinnamon Lee’s private studio is currently located on the south coast of Sydney, where she single-handedly designs and makes all of her work.