Lenore Dembski

Paperbark Woman

Lenore Dembski Paperbark Woman was born in Darwin, and with the exception of about four years in the early eighties, has lived in Darwin all her life. Lenore is a contemporary Aboriginal fashion designer. Her designs feature textiles designed and produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and reflect her cultural heritage and contemporary focus.

To many locals, Lenore is known for her public service work in the Aboriginal employment and training area and her involvement with Aboriginal organisations. Lenore also held a number of other positions. She was the Manager, Staff Development and Training of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in Darwin and was appointed member of the Australia Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Arts Board.

In 2001, Lenore was awarded Darwin NAIDOC Artist of the Year, NT Chief Minister’s Women’s Achievement Award, and Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community and Business Partnerships – Northern Territory Winner – Small Business Category. 

In 2009, Lenore was awarded Chief Minister’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service, Engagement with the Community Category, a team award for CDEP Transition Programme Team with 47 remote schools.