Of all the things in my life I could write about why The Laundry?

The project has been brewing in one form or another since I was 15, so now as I’m on the 50 side of my 40s, even the mere suggestion that it may finally happen is very exciting to me. 

This concerns more than me though.  My laundry project has impacted the entire family in ways I couldn’t foretell and it is for this reason that I am attempting to record the process of converting an outside bathroom and laundry into a jewellery studio/laundry in this blog. 

This is my first blog so you’ll have to excuse any blunders.

I live in rural Victoria, Australia.  I started studying jewellery at High School in the 70s but was unable to secure an apprenticeship.  I had been dabbling ever since until I found myself in London, hating my job in Television but living with a man who just got his “dream job”.  On a whim I picked up the phone to a University in London I had been told ran fantastic jewellery courses.  They were in the middle of interviewing for their Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts Degree.  I got on the train, had an interview and that was that.

Not only did I get in and complete the Degree, I had 2 children and won a Goldsmith’s award for Design in Jewellery along the way.  Not bad for someone who can’t draw and never thought she’d have children.

We moved back to Australia 7 years ago.  

My blog “The Laundry” is about the evolution of a bench in my backyard.  This is a project for me but its positive impact on the family dynamics is undeniable and hopefully what I’ll be blogging about. 

Who knows, eventually I may even post images of my work.  Time will tell but first things first… 



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Svanhildur July 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

As I am constantly looking for “fantastic” educational opportunities I am very curious to know which university in London and whether or not their courses lived up to what you had heard before.


Suzanne July 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

I studied at London Guildhall University, which has since been renamed London Metropolitan University. The facilities were excellent and if I still lived in London I would be sorely tempted to continue with post grad work there. Failing that I would be doing every short course my budget could afford! I did attend some summer school courses at Central Saint Martins and I have to say I felt more comfortable in the Guildhall environment. I only realized the reputation Guildhall had once I was there really. I even had an Australian friend of a friend wanting to meet me because she had heard of the course and how hard it was to get into!


kris July 6, 2010 at 9:45 am

Love the blog … cant wait to come and use the place for what it is made for : )
Can see many happy times coming to your shores .


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