Cat Rabbit is a Melbourne based art practitioner who has sustained a long term career as a soft

sculpture artist. Her handmade figures draw on the tradition of embroidery, doll-making, patchwork,

and textile design. Her ‘life like’ characters are both human and animal. Like Beatrix Potter, Rabbit

clearly loves her creations. They are witty, kind and at the same time in tune with the contemporary

world. They are innocent beings who carry laptops, use headphones and wear funky heels; they have

attitude and a quiet confidence. They participate in everyday life, by shopping, delivering pizza,

reading, taking important phone calls.

There is a happy formality in her figures, they may wear a jacket, carry a briefcase and look

important in a tie, but they also have a quaint way of questioning our pre-occupation with serious

life ambitions. Rabbit creates scenes and events in her installations to place her figures within the

‘real world’. The subjects weave their way through, busy and content. There is genuine warmth in

this work, not only achieved through her cosy use of felt materials, but exemplified by the artist

bringing to life innocence and truth.

- Therese Gilligan, curator

My name is Cat and I am a Melbourne based textile artist and designer. I work between a fluff-filled home studio with my cat, Porco, and a cosy space in the Nicholas Building in Melbourne's CBD. I make plush sculptural works of my imagined characters and the worlds they might live in. I also make books for Children and other fantastical artworks with my collaborator and good pal Isobel Knowles under the name Soft Stories. If you are looking for our books, you can find them in our Soft Stories Store and nice bookstores everywhere!

I have worked and collaborated with clients such as NGV, Soludos, Lunch Lady Magazine, Frankie Magazine, Odd Pears and Bakedown Cakery, and have work in permanent collections at Loreto Mandeville Junior Library and Melbourne Girls Grammar School.

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All work and images © Cat-Rabbit 2007 - 2019, All rights reserved.

Exhibition History


2019 - See You in the Soup (Soft Stories) with Isobel Knowles, Craft Victoria Main Gallery (VIC)

2018 - Mascots (for your everyday anxieties) with Andrea Innocent, Craft Victoria Vitrine Space (VIC)

2018 - (Nothing But) Flowers, Boom Gallery (VIC)

2018 - Small Comforts, Outré Gallery (VIC)

2017 - Gocco Play Date, Outré Gallery (VIC)

2016 - Gallery of Arts & Cats, Dollhouse Gallery (VIC)

2016 - Kept in Mind, Tinning Street Presents (VIC)                                                                                                     

2015 - Small, Special, Goodspace Gallery Sydney (NSW)                                                                                           

2015 - A Matter of Factory (with Isobel Knowles), Turner Galleries (WA)

2015 - Return to Twinkle Plaza, Outré Gallery Perth (WA)

2013 - A Matter of Factory (with Isobel Knowles), Westspace Gallery (VIC)

2013 - Ai Ai Gasa (with The Seven Seas), No Vacancy Gallery (VIC)

2013 - Meet Me in the Middle (with The Seven Seas & Nior), The Tate Gallery (NSW)

2012 - Super Friends (with Ghostpatrol), Craft Victoria (VIC)

2012 - Owl Know How Book Launch & Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery (VIC)

2011 - Secret Animal Realms (for you to see), No Vacancy Gallery (VIC)

2009 - Crafty (curated exhibition of 8 artists), Sidespace Gallery (TAS)

2009 - While You Sleep (with Ghostpatrol), Gorker Gallery (VIC)

2008 - Felidae-Leporidae: The Evolution of Cat Rabbit, Ruban Rat Gallery (NSW)

2007 - The Great Cotton Battle (with Ghostpatrol & Tom O'Hern), Inflight Gallery (TAS)

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

2019 - Fantastic Worlds, Counihan Gallery (VIC)

2018 - Terra Oztralis, Outré Gallery (VIC)

2018 - Reimagine: The World According to Children's Books, Geelong Gallery (VIC)

2017 - Slice of Life, Craft Victoria (VIC)

2016 - Playful, Melbourne City Library (VIC)

2015 - Secret Garden, Schoolhouse Studios (VIC)

2015 - Interplay (curated by Ars Electronica), Singapore Science Centre (SINGAPORE)

2015 - Heroine, Goodspace (NSW)

2014 - Wilderness, Auguste Clown Gallery (VIC)

2014 - Outergold, The Tate Gallery (NSW)

2014 - Animystics, Light Grey Art Lab (MN, USA)

2013 - Tiny Universes, Tooth & Nail Gallery (SA)

2013 - Lepus Australis, No Vacancy Gallery (VIC)

2013 -  Not For Rental, 71A Gallery (LNDN, UK)

2013 - Stitched, Clutter Gallery (NY, USA)

2012 - Vali Myers Tribute Exhibition, Outré Gallery (VIC)

2011 - Go Go Gocco, Outré Gallery (VIC)

2009 - Soft Animators, Craft ACT (ACT)


2015 - Too Much for Turtle, Thames & Hudson

2012 - Owl Know How, Thames & Hudson

Permanent Collections

2018 - Melbourne Girls Grammar (VIC)

2016 - Literary Kittens, Loreto Mandeville Junior Library, Toorak (VIC)

Selected Grants

2016 - City of Melbourne New Ideas Lab (ArtPlay)                                                                                                     

2010 - Artstart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

Selected Residencies

2018 - Artist in Residence at Melbourne Girls Grammar (VIC)

2015 - Artist in Residence at Australian Tapestry Workshop (VIC)


2007-2009 Master of Contemporary Art specialising in Gallery Practices,

School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania

2001-2004 Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts with Honours, University of Tasmania/School

of Fine Art Tasmania

Selected Publications

A Little Bit Crafty: Frankie Craft Publication, 2014

Frankie Magazine

Peppermint Magazine

Extra Curricular: Autumn 2011

Wooden Toy Quarterly: Handmade Edtn, April 2009