IVANA PERKINS sculptor
Born Ivana Ferreri in Cairo, Egypt, to Italian father, French mother, arrived in
Melbourne Australia as a small child.
After spending most of her early working years in Advertising, Film and
Television productions - Ivana began to develop her passion for sculpture
by working after hours with a sculptor and attending evening classes in
Initially her work was making clay sculptures, eventually she graduated to Metal
Lost Wax Castings.
As her studio space was limited she created small sculptures & jewellery, in
gold, silver and bronze which were sold through
Makers Mark Gallery (Melbourne & Sydney).
Gradually increasing to life-size bronze pieces which she exhibited in her first
solo exhibition at
Makers Mark Gallery (Melbourne) with group exhibitions at Distelfink, Flinders
Lane and Qdos Art Galleries.
The first public commission she received was for 530 Collins Street, Melbourne
A water feature in the atrium, 2 metres high consisting of 5 cast bronze
Brolgas (Australian native stork-like bird).
Later, Ivana received another public commission, a water fountain in Brolga
Terrace, Darling Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney,
consisting of 10 cast stainless steel Brolgas, in the exterior forecourt of IBM
This coincided with the opening of her other project, starting the retail Art &
Craft supplies store 'Handworks' in Prahran,
conducting workshops and selling very contemporary craft & art supplies from
1992 to 2005, whilst still working in her sculpture studio.
2008 formed 'The Industrialists' - with 8 other artists that have studios in the
As well as sculpture commissions and exhibitions,
Ivana is working with her partner, Designer/Artist, Robert Perkins in producing
unique architectural door furniture for
Studioworks Design (click on Sculptured Door Furniture page).