Introducing Jelina


Artist and scholar in residence

Jelina (now Dr Jelina) hails from the Leyte in the provincial Philippines and brings her love of traditional living and food to our home here in Gawler. 

With a smile that can light up a room, Jelina brightens our pages with images of her harvesting in the garden. 

Always finding beauty in the garden

Jelina is an internationally known textile artist, having made her name with unique felt creations. She’s also a traditional weaver who works closely with Ngarrindjeri Elders to promote and teach traditional weaving. Jelina  works on this closely with Aunty Ellen Trevorrow who is both her mentor and her best friend. 

Jelina is a strong advocate for Indigenous and Woman’s Rights, having had to live with both all of her life.

If that wasn’t enough, Jelina also has two Master’s degrees and is just in the final throes of completing her PhD thesis.

You can find more details about Jelina and her work on her own website SunRay Wearable Art.

Luckily for Athena and myself, Jelina and Marlon are both amazing cooks, Jelina bringing her traditional cooking knowledge to our table while Marlon brings a more contemporary, experimental touch. 

A staunch advocate of Women’s and Indigenous rights.
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