Elise has built herself a micro workshop in an off grid shipping container, hidden in a beautiful bush area of the northern Illawarra. With only wallabies and the occasional deer for company, she can often be found working away under the shade of the gumtrees, or cooking up a storm by the fire.
Elise dances between titles of sculptor, miniature boat builder and furniture maker. She has been crafting her whimsical wooden treasures since 2013, creating dreamy ocean inspired pieces made to spark the adventurer in all of us.
Her boats are sleek & curvaceous with just the right amount of style that welcomes them into any sort of home. Each miniature boat has its own unique name and is entirely one of a kind, just like us.
Her work can also be pure sculpture, made to simply be beautiful and bring an element of fun & theatre into living spaces. Elise also makes very limited edition functional homewares & furniture inspired by her adventures up and down the coast of New South Wales.
Elise studied design at the Enmore Design Centre, and then fine furniture making at The Sturt School For Wood. She has been mentored by living woodworking legends Leon Sadubin & John Van Der Kolk.
Her work has sold Australia wide, and even found homes in the U.S.A, The Bahamas & Singapore.
She has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens T.V Show, and her work has been published in many books & magazines in Australia.
Each piece that leaves her workshop is a true labour of love and she feels incredibly lucky to be able to share them with the world.
Look What We Made
A short film by Frankie Press
Better Homes & Gardens Television Show
I teach the wonderful Tara Dennis how to make a Miniature Boat, and even convince her to have a go on my skateboard. We had a blast, you can watch the full 7 minute version here