Creatives and artists among the worst affected by coronavirus

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Established Perth Artisan Peter Cook is seeing his practice heavily affected by the coronavirus, with the creative arts being on the front line as people slash their budgets with the economy in such an uncertain place.

Peter is the owner of Scarab Studio Wood located in the well known Midland Railway workshops. Over three decades Peter has created works for hundreds of Australian and international art lovers from the corporate world and the home.

Peter says "As a career artist and craftsman, I have always understood that the road is long. One must have sustained passion and drive to be successful in building an audience for one's work. After nearly 30 years at the bench, to watch a global pandemic such as Covid-19 emerge and decimate the arts across the board, is truly heartbreaking."

Scarab Studio Wood make a variety of different works from furniture to imaginative puzzle boxes, relying heavily on contract work that comes in from corporate and private customers in Western Australia. They also stock a variety of giftware at Aspects in Kings Park.

With uncertainty during this time, it is important to think of the small guys and support local. Peters advice is to stay connected with local communities and audiences and to use an artist's sensitivity to look towards the fresh fields that will bloom again.

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