Trocadero Projects operates on the Traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We offer our respects to Elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.


Presented by Maya Grkow with Jade Armstrong and Elly Royaee.
This exhibition is part of the 2024 Melbourne Design Week program.

Using the lamp as a starting point, Art of Lampshades showcases the work of three artists and designers from diverse cultural backgrounds who each explore ideas around land, cultural traditions, and heritage.

Created from upcycled and repurposed materials such as paper, fabric, felt, and yarn, the presented artworks are inspired by traditional lamps found in domestic homes alongside patterns on Persian rugs, Chinese floating lanterns and paper craft narratives

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A lantern making workshop will be held on Saturday 25 May where participants will work alongside the artists and designers to make lanterns using sustainable materials, methods and techniques.


Art of Lampshades Opening Night
Wed 29 May 2024, 6:30PM-8:30PM

Art of Lampshades Workshop Session 1
Sat 25 May 2024, 2:00PM-3:30PM

Art of Lampshades Workshop Session 2
Sat 25 May 2024, 3:30PM-5:00PM

All bookings through Humanitix.


Elly Royaee is an emerging artist exploring the intersection of art, philosophy, and the human experience through her expressive sculptures. She is deeply engaged with themes of time, consciousness, and our existential connections, positioning her work as a conversation with the nature of existence. Elly has been working in pattern design since 2018 and has a Bachelor of Textile Design with a Minor of Innovation and Sustainability from RMIT, Melbourne. Elly’s projects, The Mirror and Observing Self In Existence, have been exhibited at Melbourne Design Week and Melbourne Fashion Festivals.

Jade Armstrong is a Melbourne-based light artist and event producer who believes art holds the power to spark self-reflection and transformation. She crafts immersive sculptures, light installations, and interactive experiences to create an embodied affect to bring viewers into the present moment. Jade infuses her work with scientific research and psychology theory to maximise its impact. Her practice is playful, she is a storyteller who experiments with materiality, pushing materials beyond their existing limits.

Maya Grkow is an emerging Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian artist who predominantly works in installation, sculpture, and drawing. Maya draws upon her memories and experiences from her travels and daily life to explore the human psyche, physical body, natural world, and global ideas. In 2021 Maya was a member of the RMIT Sculpture Club Executive Committee and won the BDS sculpture award at the RMIT Grad Show; she exhibited at Melbourne Fashion Week and First Site Gallery in 2022; was part of Melbourne Design Week and the RMIT Culture residency program in 2023; and is part of the Maroondah Arts Activator program for 2024.

Image credit: Work by Maya Grkow. Image by Sebastian Kainey

This exhibition is part of the 2024 Melbourne Design Week program.

Documentation: Siro Cavaiuolo, 2024