By Melissa Moyle
With many local artists struggling to find physical facilities in which to showcase their work, Preston Street Art Space has come to the rescue with an eclectic store in Como.
Artist Nidia Hansen opened the Preston Street Art Space in 2013 after the original local art gallery could no longer sustain their business.
Originally from Colombia, Nidia moved to Australia 15 years ago.
Now married to an Australian, Nidia’s background has been instrumental to the store’s success.
“I’ve been an artist since I was a teenager, I’m passionate about art and I wanted to keep this space for local artists in the area,” said Nidia.
The store offers creative works from South American-born artisans now based in Australia, combining their own heritage with their adopted home’s culture and environment to create unique and sustainable art work.
Nidia’s focus is on sustainability.
“That’s the big thing for me, nothing is mass produced and it is all hand-made,” said Nidia.
Andrea Osses has showcased her Mapuche-inspired jewellery line Andrea Osses Design in the shop since March this year.
The Mapuche people are the original inhabitants of what is now Argentina and Chile.
Born in Chile, Andrea said the opportunity has been perfect and really increased her business in Perth.
“The Mapuche culture is very matriarchal and has a focus on strong women … that is what my jewellery is all about, the culture of these people and celebrating the woman,” said Andrea.
Andrea said Nidia has been a great contact as she understands the Mapuche culture and belief systems which is essential to her brand.
“It’s been a great connection, and my business is going well,” said Andrea.
Nidia began with just six artists, which has now grown to more than 40 in just under two years of operation.
With many artisans having to resort to selling via online platforms, the Preston Street Art Space offers a welcome retail alternative to the Perth art scene.