Stall Name: Semblance
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’ll be selling?
My name is Meagan Gardiner and my business is Semblance. I make shadow box style artworks with really carefully arranged found objects such as shells, pressed wildflowers, opal chips, deconstructed watches, and other small & interesting objects that I find.
I grew up on a farm in the Wheatbelt and I started Semblance in 1997 but it was called Cards With A View back then.
How do you make the works? Tell us about your process.
The process of making each piece is slow and time consuming, but I actually really like that part. It’s very meditative! I spend a lot of time bent over a workbench grading things into colours and sizes. The larger pieces can often take weeks to make. It’s a bit like doing a 1,000 piece jigsaw. Sometimes you need a break and a stretch and a cup of tea before you can keep going.
Why is it important to support local makers?
I think it’s important now more than ever to support local makers! We need to grow our communities and a nice way of doing that is getting out into your neighborhood and attending events where you can have conversations with each other. It’s lovely to meet the makers and make connections, whether it’s fresh produce or jewellery.
What do you think makes Bazaar stand out from other markets?
I think the location plays a huge part. It’s such a delightful space and I love the light coming through the trees. I also love the fact that the Bazaar is run over Friday night and the two days of the weekend.
I love the Bazaar so much that it formed a huge part of why my husband and I chose to have our wedding at FAC.