Mr T

As a Way of forcing myself to update this more often I thought I would feature a few of my friends and colleagues work and talk about them a bit.  One of the great advantages of being an artist is knowing other artists and being in a position to trade work with them, I have a lot of amazing pieces I have traded for and are incredibly special to me.

Today Im going to do a wee feature of My friend Tull Suwannakit, One of the most talented and humble people I know.  His work uses animals (both taxidermied and illustrated)  to explore themes of dislocation and alienation from the environment in site specific installations. Here is his website:

I have a few pieces from Tull the first which was a trade is this tiny bird, nestled in a cigarette tin this is not taxidermy like most of tull’s work but rather is  a created creature made from latex and modelling clay with kangaroo fur and paint for detailing, this one is from our masters year of 2011



Tull also is a published author and illustrator with his recent children’s  book “What happens next?” winning awards and charming people worldwide (purchasable here)  I have a couple of his illustrations in my rabbit wall of artworks the rabbit couple looking at each other and the small delicate water colour “raball”

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We had the very good fortune of making a collaborative piece in a show curated by Michael Carolan (update on MC soon!), “Uneasy Truces”  this is a detail of the result :

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When I asked Tull to be a part of a drawing show down at D11 he initially declined saying he didn’t have time, I pushed him and he gave me a sketchbook to exhibit. A sketchbook that he has been documenting animals in for about 10 years, what he considers a sketchbook not worthy of white gloves in a show I (and a lot of other viewers) would consider an outstanding record of animals bot realistic and playful. Its stunning. Here is a cheeky look at some of my favourite pages





Tull Currently has an exhibition on at Brunswick arts called Mimesis Transition (link) and I strongly recommend you go! This show incorporates both Tull’s Taxidermy work with his draws and one sets off the other brilliantly, the balance is fantastic. The work is installed carefully and thoughtfully and the lighting is very well thought out.  Here are a couple of images:


The show is on until the 10th and I really think everyone should have a look and spend some time with the work.


Given the type of jewels I like to make it is important for me to have two desks, one clean and nice desk for enamelling and one grubby desk for cutting/filing and soldering.
Recently a desk I had been borrowing returned to its owner so Me and Dan took on the challenge to make a new desk for me and I’m quite pleased with the results!


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.


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!


Update on my wee Puff


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.

Hitting things to solve problems

So, Im very stressed about little Beatrice, still waiting, still hoping as things seem to get worse.
Yesterday I decided to take a break from worrying and go hit some things.

So heres what I did yesterday :


Stage one: Bar stock, cut into 180mm lengths


Stage 2: A little pile of links, forge welded closed.


Stage 3: A chain of seven links, all forge-welded closed, in varying states of “round”

This is the start of something very special for Doris but I will update about it seperately and properly, when Im less stressed out.

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:

My etsy is still up and running If you feel like buying some jewellery or art and helping out with her vet bills.


In which I ask for help.

Anyone who meets me soon realises two things.

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


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

here is my etsy:


Brooch a Day 2013

I don’t really consider myself a jeweller, or a blacksmith, or a painter, I am simply a maker. This allows me to explain what I do (make things! ) without having to limit myself to one particular discipline or field of knowledge.

The downside of this is some places want me to explain my “pedigree” who I have been taught by, where I did my degree etc etc, and while I have a masters of fine art  it is technically in painting (even though I  seldom painted since my second year of undergraduate), and while I have studied under some pretty amazing artists and jewellers ( Linda Darty, Katherine Bowman, Mary Hackett, Kirsten Haydon to name a few) I don’t feel like I know enough to describe myself as a jeweller, the same goes for blacksmithing.  This can lead to me feeling inadequate  when associating with other (more experienced and talented artisans)

I heard about a group called Brooch a day, basically a group of jewellers and artists are making a brooch every day of 2013,  and posting them on flikr . I am joining them in this, the current problem is my own insecurity about what I am doing has me too nervous to post my brooches on the group page.  I have just started doing today.


however you can admire my creations at my new flicker account : and here are a few of my favourites, I am planning on making more from metal but I have been going through a studio reshuffle and re-organise and I’m a bit delayed.

My Flickr
Brooch a Day Flickr