An innate passion for text, colour and collage has shaped Miriam Bereson’s artistic journey over 30 years.
Graduating with Distinctions in drawing, painting and sculpture, Miriam applied her Bachelor of Art and Craft in Education to a career in secondary school teaching, while simultaneously fulfilling private and corporate commissions and illustrating for The Age, Gourmet Traveller, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Dolly magazines in her spare time.
But it was her childhood love of collage, stationery and Cuisenaire counting rods that inspired a collection of hand-made greeting cards in vibrant colours and signature motifs, crafted with inimitable detail. Unable to keep up with demand from the likes of Georges, David Jones and Country Road, Miriam left teaching to pursue a commercially viable artistic practice.
Miriam’s greeting cards soon evolved into a range of keepsakes featuring her designs laser-cut into timber photo frames and albums, address books, diaries, coasters and placemats. International stockists included the Guggenheim, MOMA, Loft in Japan and Hong Kong, and retailers in Amsterdam, Italy, France and Sweden.
But teaching still held a place in Miriam’s heart and, possibly influenced by her first pregnancy, she returned to creating educational materials for young children. This time the medium was different though; Miriam traded her scissors for a stylus and never looked back.
Creative software offered new efficiencies and endless possibilities within the traditional layering principles of collage. Self-taught, Miriam digitised and re-conceived her trademark motifs and font into early childhood educational materials. Her unique alphabet friezes, times-tables posters, calendars and family wall planners used colour and composition to simultaneously educate and enchant.
Miriam expanded her busy studio into a retail store, Miriam and Friends, in 2005. Stocked with “things I love” it showcased her own range alongside the work of local and international artisans in a chic shopping village. However, seven-day trading and owner-operating was hugely demanding, and while she relished the commercial and curatorial opportunities, Miriam’s creative urge eventually led her back to the studio 11 years later.
The Alphabet and Numbers friezes have evolved from Miriam’s earliest creative influences and educational values. They bring to life her love of font, vivid palette and compositional energy through childhood memories and belief in child-led learning.