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Megan Jackson – Canberra talent pops up in Braddon

Sarah Jordaan

It’s no secret that, for a relatively small city, Canberra punches well above its weight in terms of talent…and Megan Jackson is just another example of this. A Canberra‐based textile designer, her work features bold, colourful, playful patterns, evident in both her range of innovative products and commissioned design projects.

An acclaimed designer, much of Megan’s work has been exhibited throughout Australia, including the Gallery of Australian Design, the Australian National University School of Art, and Megalo Print Studio + Gallery. Megan is also the competition winner of the Canberra Centenary’s ‘A Legacy of Good Design’ with her exquisite ‘Marion Scarf’.

Jacksons’ ‘Marion Scarf’ also happens to be one of the official memorabilia products of the Centenary celebrations.

And now there’s more to celebrate with the official launch of her first pop-up store in one of Canberra’s newest independent retail precincts, Braddon’s Lonsdale Street Traders.

Megan is passionate about her work, as well as sharing it with others. Though Jackson’s textiles have been sold through a variety of retail spaces, from market stalls to cultural institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia, her presence at Pod in the Lonsdale Street Traders marks the first dedicated home for her range of hand printed scarves, homewares and print, which Jackson says, “helps put her work into context.” While the items within her store hold no strong theme, Jacksons’ impressive, bold patterns bring all her pieces together as a cohesive collection.

Jackson is inspired many different things, though mostly from random patterns and prints she sees occurring around her. Each pattern in her range has been delicately crafted, as designs are initially hand drawn and fabric screen-printed, in beautiful detail.  Megan’s’ attention to detail is translated through the eye-catching simplicity of her geometric prints.

This love for simple graphics in single colour prints is the driving concept behind Jackson’s work. Each piece in her range is as eye-catching as the next…it’s hard to choose what to buy first!  Hosting a wide range of items from gorgeous place mats and silk printed scarves, to cushions, hand painted tea towels, ottomans, pouches and my personal favourite, framed prints, the Megan Jackson Pop-Up Store is a must see!

It’s located at Pod, Shop 11, Lonsdale Street Traders, 27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon. The store will be trading from 10 to 5pm, Thursday to Sunday, until Sunday 12 May. Be sure to check it out!