Ovaltine house set
Set of three houses. Each 55, 60 and 75mm wide x 65mm high
'The Ovaltine tin was from a whole pre-cut sheet I managed to find about 15 years ago - very old'
Susan studied silversmithing at Manukau Institute of Technology.
She enjoys turning vintage tins into quirky, Kiwiana inspired artworks and jewellery.
Her work is nostalgic for what she really wanted to experience as a child. Old kindly grandmothers with dusty attics full of treasure, countryside rambles with a bottle of pop and a scruffy dog. Susan uses nostalgic-inducing antique tins and other found objects to make her unique artwork.
She doesn’t always have a meaning to why she first starts to make something. It’s usually total chaos and mess at first. She will spread everything out and stare at it for a while. Sometimes later on, walking past a piece she has started, and then answers or meanings will come. Sometimes, there is no other meaning than just to make something quirky, or pretty and have some fun.