Al­bany artist to show

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

Al­bany artist Me­gan Gar­diner is one of 50 cre­atives from around the State to be se­lected to take part in Bazaar.

Gar­diner’s na­ture-themed works cap­tured the eyes of judges and will be part of the highly re­garded Perth mak­ers’ mar­ket and re­tail heaven.

The three-day mar­kets see skilled lo­cal crafts­peo­ple travel from all cor­ners of the State to share their craft.

Ex­cited to be in­volved, Gar­diner said she took her in­spi­ra­tion from the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and its sub­tle de­tails.

“When you stop and look closely, you can see amaz­ing beauty in the de­tail,” she said.

“My work is about cap­tur­ing this de­tail and ar­rang­ing it in a way that draws peo­ple in and brings at­ten­tion to it.

“I hope it in­spires peo­ple to slow down and take in what is around them.”

She orig­i­nally trained in gold and sil­ver­smithing at Curtin Uni­ver­sity be­fore be­com­ing an art teacher and it was dur­ing this time Gar­diner started to cre­ate cards.

Af­ter a great re­sponse, she be­gan to frame her works.

Gar­diner said Bazaar was a fan­tas­tic event that show­cased the work of tal­ented lo­cal artists and crafts­peo­ple.

“This year I have re­ally fo­cused on my work and I have new en­ergy and think you can see this in some of my more re­cent pieces,” she said. “The Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre has al­ways been very sup­port­ive — they have stocked my work right from the out­set when I was just be­gin­ning.

“It is a re­ally spe­cial place for me as an artist.”

The Bazaar mar­kets take place from Fri­day, Novem­ber 30, un­til Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2.

Works are in­spired by na­ture.

Beau­ti­ful wild­flow­ers are a fea­ture.

A piece by Me­gan Gar­diner.

Framed ar­range­ments.

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