Meet the cast of MAKING IT AUSTRALIA 2021


Having scoured every shed and cornered every crafter, Channel 10 has now revealed the 13 incredibly talented Makers, ready to showcase their artistic genius, unique skills and passion for their craft on the epic new crafting and DIY series, Making It Australia.

The top Makers will need to saw, sequin, and sculpt their way through a series of challenges for their shot at the $100,000 grand prize and title of Master Maker.

Vying for the inaugural title are artisans from all walks of life; Denise, a Sculptor and University lecturer from Perth; Plumber Dan and Kid’s Entertainer Kat, both from South Australia; Scrap Metal Artist Andrew, Propmaker George, Graphic Designer Rehana, Animator Rizaldy and Apprentice Electrician Will from New South Wales; and Architect Jack, Artist Robert, Costume Maker Russell, Mixed Media Artist Sai-Wai and Party Planning Mum Stephanie from Victoria.

With hosts Susie Youssef and Harley Breen ready to cheer on our Makers, plus guidance from our expert judges, award-winning Production Designer Deborah Riley and renowned Paper Engineer Benja Harney, the sky really is the limit for this creative bunch.  



Andrew, Scrap Metal Artist, NSW

It would be wise not to underestimate Making It’s oldest maker. Andrew is a salt of the earth type of man from country NSW, with a real eye for metal work and highly acclaimed for his sculptures.

Andrew discovered crafting thanks to his wife, simply by suggesting he go to the shed and try and get creative.

He specialises in scrap metalwork sculptures with additional experience in metal fabrication, drawing, cartooning and painting. His large-scale works have become tourist attractions for regional areas all across the east coast.

Never short of a yarn, Andrew was raised on a farm and after boarding school, joined the military and spent time in armoured fighting vehicles. He’s also worked on road crash rescue teams and volunteered at his local bush fire brigade for over 12 years.


Dan, Plumber, SA

Although Dan is a master plumber, he’s more a ‘Dan of all trades’ with experience in metalwork, woodwork, masonry, welding, silver and gold smithing.

A pocket-rocket with a passion for pimping cars and recycling, Dan credits his passion for making and creativity from his father, who was also creative and served in the Airforce.

Outside of making, Dan is a keen gardener, beekeeper and loves modifying cars.


Denise, Sculptor, WA

Keeping active by riding her electric bicycle everywhere, Denise describes herself as “unapologetically decorative”.

The coolest grandmother this side of the Making It barn, Denise is committed to her craft and her family. Working as a university lecturer in the arts and design department, Denise is also an accomplished artist with many of her pieces featuring in Cottlesloe’s Sculpture By The Sea.

Denise specialises in large 3D metal and stainless-steel sculptures and skilled in welding, woodwork, textiles, paint finishes and knitting.

Like many makers, her creative inspiration comes from friends, family and nature. The youngest of four daughters, she is married with two daughters and four grandchildren.


George, Propmaker, NSW

Cheerful and strong-willed, George is an experienced props maker with a degree from NIDA to prove it. She has experience working in film, television, and corporate events including the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Vivid Sydney.

Working across multiple disciplines including mural painting, drawing, welding, steelwork, and pattern making, George says she is most satisfied repairing or repurposing something, rather than throwing it away.

Outside of making, George is a keen gardener, avid reader and loves to cook.


Jack, Architect, VIC

Jack is hard to forget. With a wardrobe almost exclusively procured from vintage stores along with his signature red beanie, this Melburnian is known to his mates as ‘the human firework’.

Studying architecture in Tokyo, Jack spent a lot of his childhood in Indonesia where his father, also an architect, worked. Being inspired by the way things could be crafted by hand set him up on his future career path.

While architecture is his primary profession, Jack also has experience with textile sewing, and casting work. Jack is an accomplished composer, piano and guitar player releasing his own solo material as well as recording soundtracks and effects for films. He’s even spent time in the WA Australian Circus Company for many years as a kid, performing acrobatics.

Jack lives with his super supportive fiancé, Tegan who is a musician and budding ceramicist along with their dog, Disco.


Kat, Kids Entertainer/Crafter, SA

Confident and energetic; textiles are Kat’s specialty.

Studying home economics in high school sparked her creative passion and she now makes her own clothes, bags, upholstery and quilts.

Kat’s crafting skills help enhance her part time job as a children’s entertainer, wowing kids at birthday parties and special events with elaborate costumes and props.

Inspired by the events happening around her, Kat is also a talented drawer and painter with experience working with wood and metal.

The youngest of four children, she lives in Adelaide with her boyfriend, dog and cat. If Kat was crowned Master Maker, she would use the prize money to leave her corporate job and elevate her career as a colourful and frivolous entertainer.


Rehana, Graphic Designer, NSW

Rehana’s love of crafting comes from her siblings. Her big sister would come home for the summer with a new crafting hobby, and Rehana would have to use those skills to keep her younger siblings entertained.

Aside from her day job as a graphic designer, she also specialises in baking ridiculous cakes, painting, crocheting, paper craft and not to mention jewellery and fabric design. Rehana says she’s excited to immerse herself in the Making It world, with so many tools and materials to work with.

With an Indian-South African background, this well travelled married mother of one is originally from WA, spent many years in Cape Town and is now based in Sydney.


Rizaldy, Animator, NSW

Born in the Phillipines, Rizaldy moved to Australia 29 years ago with the offer of a dream job; animating for the Walt Disney Company.

After his 14 years with Disney, his making skills went from 2D to 3D, eventually making tangible toys and characters from scratch. It was a full circle moment for him, as his father once did the same when the family couldn’t afford their own toys. Suitably, his motto is ‘why buy when you can DIY!’

From there, his skills flourished, and he now works comfortably with woodwork, metal, clay, leather, and recyclable materials.

Rizaldy credits a lot of his inspiration and creativity to his two sons who are his world.


Robert, Artist, VIC

Born in Melbourne, then relocating to Adelaide and back to Melbourne as a teenager, Robert had a sliding doors moment where he was set to play football professionally, but chose to pursue art instead.

Robert specialises in Aboriginal art, from painting to sculpting to woodcarving, all with the aim to celebrate Gunnai, Waradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta culture. His inspiration is undoubtedly his heritage, aiming to raise awareness and tell stories of his and his community’s mob.

In 2018, Robert was fortunate enough to meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their Australian visit, when they came to view a mural he created that represented his local area. He has also created works for tennis star Novak Djokovic.


Russell, Costume Maker, VIC

Making, is Russell’s way of giving. They love helping people sparkle and feel beautiful.

Nonbinary, loveable and downright fabulous, Russell is our glamour expert. Working with countless drag artists and performers to elevate their looks; from wigs to feathers, crowns to dress making, they’ve got it covered.

Spending a lot of time alone as a child, Russell turned to making as a way to keep themself entertained.


Sai-Wai, Mixed Media Artist , VIC

Lush and over the top, Sai-Wai calls herself an all-rounder because she will try it all. Specialising in fashion design and mixed media sculpture, she also makes a lot of 3D pieces using paper, textiles and embroidery.

With Chinese heritage, Sai-Wai was born in Maylasia and moved to Australia with her parents and two sisters in 1980.

A Dolly Parton superfan, she will be the first to admit that she has no filter or volume control.

Initially using making as a way to appease her anxiety, Sai-Wai’s family was initially taken aback by her career in design who had hopes of her becoming a lawyer or doctor


Stephanie, Party Planning Mum, VIC

An absolute super-woman to her two kids, Stephanie likes to spend months planning their parties with matching invites, decorations, table settings and costumes.

Naturally, everything must adhere to theme and Stephanie has been known to create some unusual things such as cakes built on remote control cars, or hats with mini speakers in them.

A glue gun connoisseur, her preferred materials are paper mâché and cardboard. She also has experience with a drop saw and sander, even helping her husband build a deck for their backyard.

Coming from a Greek-Cypriot heritage, Stephanie works as learning support officer and, outside of crafting, loves to cook.

Will, Apprentice Electrician, NSW

Even though Will is Making It’s youngest maker, we like to say he’s an old soul.

Driven, hardworking and always up for learning new things, he wants to be part of Making It to inspire young people to get creative rather than just sitting in front of a screen.

Will’s specialty is in metal work. He has strong experience in blacksmithing, knife making metal fabrication, woodwork as well as manipulating and treating leather.

‘Mucking about’ with tools at home, Will was introduced to making from his father at an early age, with the majority of his skills were self-taught, copying YouTube videos and replicating what he could find online.

MAKING IT AUSTRALIA – premieres Wednesday 15 September At 7.30pm, on 10 and 10 Play on demand.

Note: Due to an ongoing dispute regarding editorial independence, the 10 Network and its parent company ViacomCBS declined to provide assistance in the preparation of this content.

Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. Media enquiries please Call or Text 0428-275-111



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