Pennsylvania-born artist Bret MacFadyen has owned and operated his own studio in Nashville, Tennessee for the last 20 years. The main focus of this studio is the construction of one-of-a-kind artisan furniture, objects and installations that incorporate wood, steel and reclaimed objects.
"I see the lazy susan as a playful expression of utilitarian sculpture. It's fun, it's happy and it spins," says Bret. "From a creativity stand point, the fruit slice lazy susans give me an opportunity to interpret things from the natural world--bright colors, expressive and ultimately healthy. All things that waken the spirit."
Between projects, he creates artwork for the Art & Invention Gallery, which he co-owns with his wife, Meg. The tomato slice lazy susans started out as one of these side projects, initially created for The Tomato Art Fest, a festival the couple started to share their enthusiasm for tomatoes and art.
"Now we have a room for emerging fruits and veggies for those who don't hold the tomato in as high regard as we do," says Bret.
Both the festival and the gallery promote creativity, participation and fun.
He says he hopes his work makes others smile. "Many artists want their artwork to grace the walls of a client's home," he says. "For me, over the years I've made so many dining room tables, desks, beds among other things, that I now recognize I've had the privilege of creating objects in the home where families talk and where people think and dream...no less, no more. The lazy susans add to this sentiment, that they are invited into customer's home and my hope is that everyday they brighten the purchaser's life in some small way.