Susan Braithwaite turns vintage tin into quirky, kiwiana-inspired artworks and jewellery.
Susan was born in Liverpool, England and raised on a council estate on the outskirts. She studied silversmithing at Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara, New Zealand and exhibits yearly at Little River Gallery, Little River, New Zealand.
The books and stories Susan read at this time growing up dealt with children who would have spiffing adventures with kindly grandparents who lived in picturesque cottages where they would spend their summer holidays, where, of course, the big adventure would take place.
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.