Sydney-based creative Leah Fraser has built a significant reputation in the international art world for her lyrical and intricate paintings and tactile ceramics at the age of just 33. She draws her inspiration from folk tales, children’s stories and exotic cultures. As a mum to 16-month old Odette, she finds she’s now “always trying to strike the balance” between her practice and motherhood. Fraser joins InStyle and Georg Jensen to raise awareness for the important work of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). “I didn’t know there was no early detection test,” she says. “It’s important to talk about it and support more research”. Find out more about the talented artist below.
InStyle: What’s the most important life lesson you’ve ever learnt?
Leah: To listen.
InStyle: What do you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
I think I would like to tell her to be more self-assured, because everything will be ok, and what makes you different from others is what will define you in later life.
InStyle: What advice would you give to budding female creatives?
Leah: Choose a path that you truly love, and work hard. Creative endeavour is not always an easy path, but if you truly love it and you give it your all, it can be very satisfying.
InStyle: What is your favourite part of your job?
Leah: Imagining up things that don’t exist yet.
InStyle: And the hardest part?
Leah: Working alone can be very challenging, it requires a lot of discipline and self trust.
InStyle: How would you describe yourself in three words?
Leah: Still being formed.
InStyle: Which three women, past or present, would you most like to have dinner with?
Leah: Frida Kahlo, Patti Smith, Arundati Roy
InStyle: What did you enjoy most about your shoot with us?
Leah: I actually loved watching all the creatives in action! It’s such an amazing collaborative process.
InStyle: What did the process of being involved in the story teach you about ovarian cancer?
Leah: I didn’t realise that pap smears did not cover ovarian cancer, and I also was shocked at the high number of deaths because of the disease.
InStyle: How do you feel about appearing in our portfolio for OCRF?
Leah: I feel very honoured to champion such a good cause. Education and awareness are the best weapons in any fight and I hope that this campaign will mean that more women can have early detection.
The Georg Jensen Offspring pendant necklace, bracelet and earrings are available in store and online, at georgjensen.com.au. Each of the sterling silver pieces is $195, with $50 from every purchase going directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. For more information about ovarian cancer, visit ocrf.com.au.