Fifteen years ago, artist Tom Ripon and his wife purchased two acres of land in Clunes and began the process of transforming it from a bare block into a private bushland paradise, and the perfect creative space for Tom to build his signature wire sculptures.

Tom’s spectacular creations have become a feature around Clunes, and a number of his brightly coloured animals have taken up residence on the awnings over shops in the town. His work has been commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Zoo and Crown Casino, as well as having found their way into the hearts and homes of numerous private art collectors.

Stay in touch with Tom’s work by liking and following him on Facebook and Instagram.

While you’re in Clunes check out The Sock Maker to see socks being made with an incredible antique hand-cranked sock knitting machine. Book a picnic basket or a high tea experience with the High Tea Mistress and drop into Art + Objects, where you can browse and buy work by some of Australia’s most iconic artists and see the beautiful fabric work by Christine Lethlean. Wander down the road to Soul Barn to take in the wonderful artwork by Chris O’Donnell and take a short trip up the hill to Anton Micocki’s brilliant studio, Off the Beaten Track.