Q Tell us about yourself and what you do/make?
I’ve been creating terrariums for about 8 years now. I’ve always had a creative streak, making stuff and lots of projects on the go. Plants have always been involved somehow. I used to work in film and design before I discovered terrariums.
Q How did you first get into it?
I started making terrariums as a hobby while I was working in the film industry. I found an old book about terrariums in an op shop. I was spending a lot of time in front of the computer so it was nice to be creating something with my hands. I was pretty much addicted straight away. I loved the tactile nature of working with plants. There wasn’t anyone selling terrariums in Melbourne at the time, so I was lucky to receive lots of publicity. People were fascinated by these miniature gardens. Terrariums had been very popular in the 70’s, and were on the cusp of a huge revival. I was just in the right place at the right time. I didn’t plan on starting a terrarium business; it just took off.
Q What’s your favourite thing about it?
Miniscapes has been very busy since it started in 2006. We wholesale to a range of stores, lease to businesses and events, and we make commissions for clients. We have created some really beautiful miniature gardens over the years. I have watched how terrariums and indoor plants have gained in popularity in recent years and love seeing plants creeping into people’s homes and offices. I now see terrariums in most cafes or shops I walk into they are everywhere! They are the perfect green companions for the space-starved, low maintenance gardener.
Q Which artists/creators do you get inspiration from?
Nature is my biggest creative inspiration. We are totally spoilt in Melbourne with so many incredible gardens and natural bushland close by. Guilfoyle’s Volcano at the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne is one of my favourites.
Q What are some projects you have the horizon?
I’m currently working in landscape design and will be launching a bigger Miniscapes soon. I’ve outgrown the terrarium!
To find out more about Clea Cregan’s work, visit Miniscapes.net.