Puppet Design and Construction
Professional Development Program

In 2018/2019 Terrapin welcomes three Tasmanian artists and makers to undertake a funded program of professional development in puppet design and construction. Working with experienced puppet makers, participants will develop their skills in the aim of increasing the capacity for puppet design and construction in Tasmania. Terrapin is developing a number of productions featuring several contemporary puppetry styles and is moving to ensure local artists are equipped to contribute to these productions.




Gabbee Stolp grew up in Tasmania. The peaks of Sentinel Range, on the way to Strathgordon and the neon beer mug light on top of the Maypole Hotel in New Town were two of her favourite things.


Gabbee’s artistic practice exists across several mediums, with a primary focus on contemporary jewellery, object-making and textiles. Her works explore human inter-connectedness with nature, invoking both biological and metaphysical themes and examining the current geological epoch, dubbed the Anthropocene, during which time human impacts on the environment have become indelible.


For the past five years Gabbee has lived in Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) (First Class Honours) at RMIT University in 2016. In 2017 she was a finalist in the Victorian Craft Award and a recipient of the Maggie Fairweather Studio Residency, for RMIT Gold and Silversmithing graduates.


Gabbee has exhibited extensively in Victoria and Tasmania, in both solo and group exhibitions. She has been included in several publications, including Narrative Jewellery: Tales from the Toolbox (2017, ed. Mark Fenn) and Back to Back (2016, ed. Dr Kirsten Haydon).


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