Celebrating Suzy

A public tribute to Suzy Van der Kwast, pioneer of Wellington’s café scene in the 1960s.

Suzy’s – the first coffee lounge in Wellington, was founded by Suzy Van der Kwast, business woman, recent immigrant and solo parent

CELEBRATING SUZY Pieces 1-4, installed at Museum of Wellington (Paper, pearls, foil, gold leaf, silver, glass)

CELEBRATING SUZY Piece 5, Locket containing a chocolate made in Wellington, gifted to Suzy on opening night at the Wellington Museum (Silver, gold, leaf)

CELEBRATING SUZY Wall text at Museum of Wellington

Re-telling Tales – contemporary translations in jewellery – Installation view at Museum of Wellington


Suzy (left) at the cafe, around 1964

Suzy, now happily retired, with husband Tom at home in Wellington, 2008