environmental artist / goldsmith
A trained designer, jeweller and metalsmith, her practice ranges across a variety of fields from the design and fabrication of precious objects for personal adornment to drawing, painting, illustration, sculpture and installation. After a decade in London as a prominent jewellery designer and goldsmith, she returned to her homeland, to settle in the remote north west of Kangaroo Island. Tilbrook’s earthy, organic treasures are intricately fashioned from found materials and recycled gold with a sentiment of colonialism. Exploring cultural values with a focus on environmental preservation, inspired by her conservation practices. Awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the South Australian Museum in 2012 and a finalist in the 2018 exhibition. Her work is held in international private and national public collections, including the National Archives in Canberra. She is currently working on a new collection of precious wearable ornaments.
grown to heal, nurture and nourish
As a family we harvest raw medicinal Ligurian bee honey and propolis from pristine native vegetation, rich in Mallee, Melaleuca and Tea Tree on Kangaroo Island. Our honey is extracted from wooden hives, spun or cold pressed and lightly sieved to retain the propolis and wax cappings. We handcraft salves and rubs in small batches with our organically grown flowers, herbs and natives rich in vitamins, blended with our beeswax and our award winning ‘Wild Harvest Olive Oil’ from the Fleurieu Peninsula.
wildlife conservation artist
I am greatly concerned with the conservation of wildlife and their habitat throughout Australia and worldwide. It is my mission to be a voice for the voiceless through my arts practice as I feel more needs to be done to preserve these great creatures for future generations.
Working in both charcoal pencil and oil paint, my pieces are highly detailed in a hyperrealistic style. When approaching my work I want the viewer to relate to the animal, see the world through their eyes and resonate with the struggles these creatures are facing due to habitat loss, illegal poaching etc. It is important that I can create a sense of empathy from the viewer. It is my belief that with empathy, there is care and once we care we are more likely to change.
Apart from creating, I also love to teach charcoal drawing workshops.
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