Find­ing the beauty in ev­ery­thing

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | BETTER BUSINESS -

WITH in­spi­ra­tion and a lit­tle guid­ance from fam­ily, an emerg­ing artist has set about forg­ing an art path all of her own.

Chanda-Mai Glik­son can al­ways re­mem­ber be­ing cre­ative. Her dad, John, was a por­trait pain­ter, her aunty is a pro­fes­sional artist and her other aunty was a pro­fes­sional con­tem­po­rary dancer.

Art was thrust upon her from a young age, but she em­braced it. She’s re­cently cre­ated a se­ries of origami cal­en­dars and gift cards and is look­ing at fur­ther ways to ex­pand her pas­sion. “When I first started mak­ing origami it was as a hobby. I was prob­a­bly in Year 5 and I was in my class and I seemed to be bet­ter than ev­ery­one at it.

“I re­mem­ber for our art lessons ev­ery­one was get­ting con­fused on how to make a seal and how to do the head and the neck but

I’d be sit­ting there like ‘yes, I did it’,” Chanda-Mai said.

The fam­ily re­cently re­lo­cated to Stan­thorpe from Goul­burn. Her dad has been aid­ing his daugh­ter through­out the mar­ket­ing process to date.

“Me and my dad were look­ing at a way to dis­play the work and at first we did gift cards. I’m look­ing for­ward to cre­at­ing a post­card too. “My dad has this cal­en­dar that a girl made so we got an idea to do one too. We thought well we’ll put it in a cal­en­dar and mar­ket it. “I like the idea of how a square or rec­tan­gle piece of pa­per can turn into an an­i­mal or some­thing cool.”

Not only is she good with pa­per, she’s a skilled vi­o­lin­ist and is teach­ing her­self pi­ano as well.

The Year 9 Stan­thorpe State High stu­dent loves art, but has other as­pi­ra­tions of univer­sity. In time she’s hop­ing she can find lo­cal av­enues to sell and mar­ket her work.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

ARTY: Chanda-Mai Glik­son is hop­ing to re­lease a range of her cre­ations to the wider pub­lic.

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