Cinnamon Lee is a contemporary metalsmith who specialises in custom jewellery and lighting. She is fascinated by the impact technology has on human evolution, in particular the way digital processes can inform new approaches to making. A pioneer in combining traditional gold and silversmithing skills with computer-aided techniques, Lee produces objects that push the limits of metal fabrication and blur the boundaries between machine-made and hand-made. Her designs often employ pattern and repetition to create intricate geometric structures that surprise or puzzle, and her sophisticated choice of materials gives rise to a sense of ‘industrial preciousness’.
Lee studied jewellery and object design at the Sydney Institute of Technology before completing both her Honours degree and Master of Philosophy degree in visual art at The Australian National University School of Art. Lee lectured at a number of Australian universities between 2002-2010 and has since established her own full time jewellery studio on the coast, south of Sydney, where she continues to explore the role of digital technologies within craft practice. Lee regularly exhibits her work nationally and internationally and has had a number of works acquired by the National Gallery of Australia.