Char­ac­ters on dis­play

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

ARTIST Bon­nie Boogaard will show off her quirky char­ac­ters when she leads a work­shop as part of the City of South Perth Evolve de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.

THE quirky char­ac­ters that Bon­nie Boogaard cre­ates are in­spired by the tac­tile na­ture of art, an idea she is look­ing to share with oth­ers.

The Curtin Univer­sity grad­u­ate is one of the artists who will lead ses­sions as part of the City of South Perth Evolve de­vel­op­ment pro­gram from Satur­day un­til Septem­ber 28.

The events are open to all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing emerg­ing and es­tab­lished artists.

Ms Boogaard will lead a ses­sion on Septem­ber 8 at the South Perth Li­brary Func­tion Room about nee­dle felt­ing, which in­volves us­ing a nee­dle from a felt­ing ma­chine to jab into wool fi­bres to cre­ate sculp­tures.

“I’ve loved art since I was a kid be­cause it plays an im­por­tant role in shap­ing so­ci­ety,” she said.

“I’m par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in tex­tiles be­cause they are so tac­tile; they can be soft or rough.

“Ev­ery day we hold some kind of ma­te­rial and so it is some­thing that is in­ti­mate.”

Ms Boogaard said she was look­ing for­ward to teach­ing as part of the pro­gram for the first time.

“I’m go­ing to be in­tro­duc­ing a medium that not many peo­ple know about and so I want to make it ac­ces­si­ble to them,” she said.

“I want them to cre­ate crea­tures be­cause it never turns out the way you think it will. Dogs can be­come gi­raffes and I don’t want peo­ple to get up­set.

“There are work­shops be­ing held us­ing ma­te­ri­als that you wouldn’t have at home, so peo­ple can learn some­thing new.”

Art gets quirky with Bon­nie Boogaard, who is lead­ing a ses­sion in Evolve.

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