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MicroGrant Success: Alison Syer 2021

Alison Syer used her 2021 Matchmaker MicroGrant to create an illustrated book, Drawn In: An Illustrated Garden Tour that tells the story of her own garden, how it became what it is from not much more than weedy lawn to a mature, varied and welcoming space. Equally important, Drawn In highlights the artwork, bringing the story to life. It also demonstrates how the garden is a habitat for wildlife, as well as enriching life for its owners.

Working on this project has been both challenging and rewarding – it’s had some hiccups along the way but feels amazing to be about to publish! The support from MAC and everyone I’ve talked to throughout the process has been wonderful. 

Alison Syer, 2021 Matchmaker MicroGrant Recipient

Get your copy of Alison’s book Drawn In!

Alison Syer graduated with Honours from Sheridan College in 2010, having earned an Advanced Diploma of Applied Arts (Crafts and Design – Fabrics).  In 2013, she received an honourable mention for her work in textiles at the Mississauga Arts Council’s MARTY Awards.  Her other projects include the strawberry-farming themed design for one of the Mississauga Arts Council “Banners and Boxes” vinyl-wrapped utility boxes and accompanying banners. Syer is a member of Cloverleaf Garden Club, Arts on the Credit, Visual Arts Mississauga, and Mississauga Arts Council.

On October 15, 2022, Alison was featured at MAC’s Saying it with Flowers Art Exhibition. Copies of Drawn In were available for sale alongside an original painting. Congrats to Alison on her successful debut book!