Cat Rabbit makes adorable handmade figures which lean on the tradition of embroidery, doll-making, patchwork, and textile design. The result, though undeniably cute, is more of a piece of art than a simple toy. In fact, Rabbit’s website states clearly that her hand-sewn creations aren’t suitable for young children. As pieces of art, they also come with a hefty price tag.
“I like my work to engage a wide audience, so there are elements that appeal to young children and also an older generation,” she added in an interview with AG Gallery. “My main objective when creating new work for exhibition is to incite feelings of comfort, joy and nostalgia – when I make a piece that encapsulates all of these elements, I am satisfied with the work!”
Working with no template or prior pattern, each of her pieces is one of a kind, making it all the more unique in an age of mass production. “I like to devise new characters all the time!” says the Melbourne-based artist. “I get an idea in my head or sketch something out and am not satisfied until I work it up into a 3D character.”
A creative at heart, Rabbit experiments with other mediums as well. Aside from her soft sculptures, she has also published children’s books and has collaborated with her good pal and artist, Isobel Knowles, under the name Soft Stories.
Here are some highlights from her Instagram page: