Mag Square

Thursday, October 30, 2008

lipp service...

A graphic designer and illustrator, Pip Compton draws on her love of nature, her garden and her children to create an enchanting range of artwork. LIPP DESIGN is Pip’s studio where she draws and creates. Her artwork and stationery will be launched in December at Magnolia Square.

“My art is about every little day. Much of the imagery is inspired by my children at play, in the garden; in the kitchen; and in their imagination. I am captivated by their conversations with our garden friends; their love for growing, cooking and eating food; the urge to ride and climb anything. I am fascinated by the intricacies of nature: the unfolding of a cherry blossom, the fruit that follows, the pattern and texture in bark, the seasonal changes in our fig tree.”

Pip’s art pieces are totally unique, illustrated on paper and canvas using a combination of ink, pencil, acrylic, watercolour and exquisite papers and fabrics for use in collage. Custom orders are most welcome. Prices start from $60.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

hats off...

More predominately known for her range of rustic homewares; Juliet Horsley will be showcasing her range of stylish hats at Magnolia Square. Juliet encompasses original, uncomplicated design that combines function and beauty of form. Her furniture and homeware pieces use the raw, imperfect nature of timber and the neutral earthy tones of linen to bring essential warmth into the home, transforming it into a living, breathing, space.

Her hats an extension of this reflection on natures resources. Each hat body is hand woven in Ecuador from Panama straw and hand moulded in California. Striped hats range from $165 and available at the upcoming Magnolia Square.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

a family affair...

When crafty mother of one, Michelle Crafton decided she wasn't a huge fan of plastic (or big corporations for that matter), the search for wooden dolls began. After many failed searches she decided to try her own hand at creating perfect little people and thus began Goose Grease.

Michelle uses non-toxic materials and recycled packaging. Browse her Etsy shop for gorgeous painted people and request a custom family. You can even get creative and do it yourself with the natural wood pieces and paint kits. Priced from $50 for a family.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

ready SET go...

Magnolia Square devotees will be familiar with the childhood delights of Red Wagon. In keeping with the love of all things vintage, Danni will be launching Type Key as a new arm of the business at Malvern and Brighton this December.

The signature piece will be these Typewriter key bracelets. Handmade using original, authentic keys dating back from the 20's, 30's, 40's, and 50's. All keys are carefully sourced then cleaned and polished preserving their natural patina whilst retaining the charm of their age appropriate imperfections.

Custom orders are most welcome and range between $145-$180.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


With a background in Landscape Architecture and Interior Design Caitlin Klooger has turned her hand to textiles and founded Pippijoe What began with a few screen printed fabric designs has now branched into a thriving homewares and accessories business.

Caitlin uses natural fibres (hemp, linen and cotton) and environmentally friendly inks to create her collection inspired by elements of nature. We are loving these fabric baskets, beautifully handcrafted using limited edition screen printed hemp/cotton fabric and lined with 100% cotton. RRP $55 You can see more of the range online or visit Pippijoe at Magnolia Square where the full range will be launched in December.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Christmas is coming ...

Magnolia Square headquarters is just buzzing at the moment with our Christmas Events preparation well under way already. Look out for our little ad in the November Gift Guide section of the Melbourne's Child Magazine (see above!).

In case you havn't heard we are holding 2 wonderful events for Christmas 2008. They are running back to back in the Melbourne locations of Brighton and Malvern. Our Christmas Events will showcase around 100 retailers across the two locations and guess what ... there are only a handful of retailers that will be at both events so YOU MUST make it along to both!!!

Please be assured that we are doing what we can to ease the pain of the current liquidity crisis (we are all hurting!!) by making sure that Magnolia Square has the best on offer at all price points. So from gifts for the kids teachers to your best friend and the family kris kringle ... look no further than our gorgeous Christmas events.

Keep an eye on the blog over the next 6 weeks as we tempt you with little glimpses of the wonderful products you will see at the Chrissy Fairs. Book your flights now ... no we are not joking, we have lots and lots of interstate visitors to Magnolia Square and nobody goes home disappointed!

Please drop us a line if there is any thing we can help you with,
Hope to see you soon!!
Nic MacIsaac

Monday, October 13, 2008

pile up....

The 'rabbit pile' purse is part of the eco friendly collection from Mingus Designs. Mingus Designs is a Melbourne based business creating a range of modern and functional handmade purses, bags, brooches and greeting cards incorporating the love of hand drawn nature inspired illustrations.

Mingus works towards reflecting environmentally conscious values by ensuring all bags and purses are made from one hundred percent hemp and a hemp and organic cotton blend fabric. View the range online.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

hamb it up....

Hamb is a Melbourne clothing label inspired by a sausage dog named Snippy. With it's enduring designs the label has developed a cult following across the country.

Hamb creates unique clothing for men , women and children using illustrations from an eccentric collection of limited edition prints. All garments are made in Melbourne from quality Australian fabrics. Go to hamb online for a list of stockists.

Friday, October 3, 2008

babushka beauty

Skye Rocket Sews is a small home-based business created by crafter and Mum of 2, Mel Ainsworth.

Brightly painted Babushka Dolls form inspiration for her collections. We love the hanging dolls perfect for a decorating a quirky tree this festive season . Available exclusively on Skye Rocket Sews online shop for US$12.75 plus postage.