Profile on Artist - Natalie Maras
Natalie Maras is an avid researcher who appreciates fine detail. Educated in archaeology and law, and employed in science, law and federal government, Natalie takes an interdisciplinary approach to all of her creative pursuits.
She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and America. Her family tradition with museum conservation and handicrafts has allowed Natalie to absorb wide ranging cultural aesthetics, which continue to influence her designs.
In 2010, Natalie seized an opportunity to build a studio and work from home while raising her three young children. Buoyed by local retail success in her hobby (designing and hand making accessories), as well as numerous awards from the international polymer clay community, Natalie registered Findi Flooshki as a business in 2011. ‘Findi Flooshki’ is her grandfather’s term for small treasures.
Emphasizing designs with underlying meaning over trendy patterns, Natalie creates artwork that both captures… and keeps attention. From intimate brooches inspired by 500 million year old trilobites; and lovingly hand carved barrettes bearing replicas of ancient Egyptian limestone carvings; to colourful and innovative sculptural interpretations of wildlife and botanical subjects; Natalie’s work is fresh, imbued with learning and continues to gain local and international attention.
Most recently, Natalie has worked mainly in polymer clay, which is a medium still in its infancy, especially in Australia. Its extreme versatility allows her to explore other mediums that have been cherished and guarded by artisans over centuries. Her work comprises intricate designs that are normally found in museums, including the National Museum of Australia and the National Dinosaur Museum, where her work was sold throughout 2011/12. Natalie regularly attends local handmade markets and exhibits in Queanbeyan and the ACT and also teaches classes from her private studio. Natalie accepts private commissions and participates in the Queanbeyan City Council Arts Trail.
Contact Natalie on mobile number 0400 051 978 or visit her website at http://findiflooshki.com