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Hello blog,

it’s been a long time.

I’d like to say I have sorted things out and I’m less busy now, but that’s a lie. I’m busy as ever and have a million things to do at any given time.

I have realised something though. There’s no point in working away if nobody ever sees anything, and that’s where you come in blog! I want to do a bit of a recap of some major shows I have done and some of the works I have become obsessed with and go from there.

Sound good? Thanks for your patience blog, I’m sorry I have neglected you.

Here is a rabbit.

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Update and Sneak peek!

So little Beatrice had her operation last Wednesday, and she has been recovering at home ever since, snuggling her boyfriend Iago and getting stroppy every time I need to give her medication, which at the moment is 9 times a day, apart from being covered in scratches from the neck down I am overjoyed at how she is recovering.

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Her  eye looks clearer and less inflamed every day and she has the vision back, as she had to have the lens of her eye removed everything must be a bit blurry for her, but she hasn’t run into anything yet so I have high hopes that everything will be ok.

I finally feel like I have done everything in my power to ensure she gets through this ok, and im still in awe of the support I have been getting.
As soon as the temperature drops under 30 degrees here I will be in the studio finishing off orders for those amazing folk who have helped me and my little girl out.

In other more art related news here is a sneaky glimpse of my work for the “Men with beards” show at Off the Kerb gallery in Collingwood, show opens on the 5th of April so save the date!

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Update on my wee Puff

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Update on little Puff Puff,

After much back and forth, as her situation worsened, Little Beatrice has been booked in for surgery on Wednesday morning, to remove the abscess and a cataract that is forming over her lens. The surgery is costing between $1800- $2000 but I am just relieved there is a possibility of saving her eye.

Over the period of time since I first noticed the problem she has seen three vets on four occasions and had a lot of tests, I have spoken with seven vets and the most frustrating part of this is that as my little girl got worse and was obviously in pain and uncomfortable, it was very hard to get a straight answer out of the vets, there was a lot of “wait and see”

It has been truly heartbreaking to watch her situation worsen and feeling helpless as we have been forced  to continue providing her with medicine that didn’t really seem to help much and not know about an end point or a plan to try to save her eye (or to operate and remove the eye to end the suffering)

I am feeling relieved as the decision has been made to go ahead and do the surgery and I feel I am doing anything I can to try to save her vision.

I am still overwhelmed at the offers of support  both financially through buying my art/jewellery and through supportive friends even just sending an email to say we are in their thoughts.

Update on my little Beatrice

In the last week I have been amazed and humbled by peoples offering help, buying my wares and just generally being amazing.

I didn’t realise how truly awesome my friends are, and so thank you.

The little lady in question is still at home and is spending time working out new and exciting ways of avoiding taking her medicine.
Her current favourite is to hide in the back of the cage with iago sitting in front of her to protect her.

I have just spoken with my local vet who has told me that the tests have confirmed it is the parasite, I then spoke with the Rabbit clinic who advised they cannot do the surgery to attempt to fix the eye but only the severe option of taking it out.

It has been suggested that she be referred to an eye specialist, I am currently waiting on the vet to provide me with the details of the specialist to be sent to me.

More waiting.

This little face is sick of the waiting:
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My etsy is still up and running If you feel like buying some jewellery or art and helping out with her vet bills.

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In which I ask for help.

Anyone who meets me soon realises two things.

I have rabbits, and I love them very very much.

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Here is a picture of my babies, Iago is the big black boof head boy and the tiny grey princess is Beatrice she is 8 months old a netherland dwarf, and one of the sweetest and prettiest bunnies you will meet, when they are not rampaging around my house together these two enjoy licking each others faces and spooning.

Yesterday I noticed there was something very wrong with Beatrice, and after two vet visits and $430 it has been explained that she has a parasite that they can catch in the womb and resulting abscess in her left eye, she is home with me and Iago (the love of her tiny life)

There are two options :

The first option is surgery to remove the parasite and the damage it has caused, this is expensive but should save her eye.

The second option is to remove her eye entirely, this is the cheaper option.

I don’t yet have the full costs of either procedure but soon the decision will have to be made but at this current juncture I am terrified I will have to make a decision to partially blind one of my beloved pets for financial reasons.

I am listing a bounty of artworks on my etsy, over the next few days, and simply ask if you have ever considered buying my art or jewellery now is the time.
You can email me at beka@oneclockworkrabbit.com

here is my etsy:

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a little distraction.

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This is little Iago, the newest little stray to join the family over at Casa de clockworkrabbit, he is about 5 months old now and he enjoys frolicking with his girlfriend Ophelia, having his chin scratched and sleeping on my feet. He is super cute, quite silly and a distraction.

A plan most cunning with little Archie.

My  Partner also owns a Rabbit,

instead of a velvety short haired beauty like Ophelia, he has a little angora Boy called Archibold (Archie for short)
Angora rabbits need to be brushed clipped so their fur does not felt together into mats and cause them distress.

This is Archie after being clipped:

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I have been collecting the clippings and have devised a plan most cunning.

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Well its not really cunning at all I plan to make some yarn from him and then crochet that into a nice pair of gloves.
He is the cutest little sheepie I have ever seen.

Jackalopes!

The antlers from my earlier post were created for some little Jackalopes!

Jackalopes are a mythological creature from America and a ongoing taxidermists’ joke, These little critters were created for a recent work focusing on the origins of mythological creatures such as this whilst incorporating the nest I have created previously which is viewable here.

Before antlers and with mum

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and with the silver antlers.nesting

 

These little jackalopes and mummy Jackalope were hand-sewn and constructed from felt and have plastic eyes (I couldn’t find eyes small enough for the babies so they have plastic beads for eyes).  The colours are modeled on my (not so) little rabbit Ophelia.

This work was displayed in my recent tutorial at uni, the little babies in their eggs were snuggled into the nest and the nest was perched on a crochet covered treebranch “growing” from the wall.
Mamma Jackalope was sitting patiently guarding her young underneath the branch.

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Weeks in review.

I haven’t been updating much recently I have been crazy busy and not exactly inspired.
I have been looking after my bunny at home, I got her speyed and she decided not to eat.
Now that she is eating and running around again I have time to get work done.

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She hasnt forgiven me yet, and has also decided my bed is now her place to lie down.

 

So I have been making some little antlers for a piece I am working on, I decided I wanted them to be silver.

I have been trialing designs in wax before I get them cast.

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The problem is that what looks tiny and delicate and almost ethereal in wax, can look heavy in silver.

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I think I have a lot of filing in my future.