Mag Square

Saturday, February 28, 2009

branch out...

This bright, intricate piece is the creative handy work of Monique Gaspar. Monique begun her collection of 'Look at the Wall' collages after spending countless hours staring at her son's blank, uninspiring nursery walls.

The collages are handmade from a vast array of hand cut papers, recycled magazines and maps and then varnished with a polyurethane matte varnish. Many include cute little critters and friendly animal folk. Contemporary or traditional interiors are equally enhanced by the cheerful colour pallet of Monique’s designs. View the range here.

Friday, February 27, 2009

hello sydney.....

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that...
Magnolia Square is coming to Sydney!!

Sydney siders will be spoilt for choice as talented crafters, artists, designers and foodies come together at the historic Teahouse located within Royal Randwick Racecourse for two fabulous 2009 events.

Mark these dates in your calender and tell your style savvy friends - this is one NOT to be missed.

2nd, 3rd and 4th July 2009
19th, 20th and 21st November 2009 - Christmas Event

Retail applications are now being accepted; click here for further information. CLICK the little envelope below to send this message to a friend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

take a seat ...

Michele Bosak is a US artist who looks to vintage design objects that "live" with her, objects that she has rescued and acquired to create. Michele’s clean compositions and imagery capture the history and sincerity of the handmade goods and vintage items that she collects and offers a nostalgic comfort through their patterning, form, and color.

" Over the past year my compulsion to accumulate domestic furnishings has created an illusion of contentment. It’s through the acquisition of household goods, that my longing for a social space of my own feels attainable. The displacement of the objects in my collection has disabled my abilities to entertain and connect with others in my home. My home exists in an imaginary space and has yet to be physically defined outside of the storage boxes it’s contained in and the drawings that document its existence."

Monday, February 23, 2009

oh so swell...

It was a pleasure to meet Tim Clift and Roger Revill over the weekend and be introduced to their newly launched business; Swell Textiles. A life long vision has become a reality for the clever duo who have created a range of contemporary home wares using eco-friendly screen printing techniques and a focus on wholly Australian production.

Impactful shapes and tranquil colour schemes create a look that is both bold and organic whilst quality workmanship and hand crafted finishes give the range a boutique feel. The collection includes cushions, lampshades and hand printed fabrics sold be the metre.

A fabulous find and definitely one to watch; we look forward to seeing more from Swell Textiles.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

a brooch approach...

A whole lot of gorgeous arrived in my inbox yesterday with these States of Nature brooches. Designer Simone Madigan founded States of Nature in 2007 as a natural progression for born from a love of vintage fabrics and her passionate collection of ornate textiles.

The doily brooches shown above are screened printed onto Australian plantation timber and were inspired by a plump pile of vintage doilies collected at auction. Simone also manufactures specialist hand-crafted prints using water-based inks and sustainable practices and handcrafts a range of home wares, gifts and accessories from her Newcastle based studio.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

pop goes the shop ...

Our very kind friends at Living Creatively wrote a great story about Magnolia Square just before Christmas. To read it just CLICK HERE!

Friday, February 13, 2009


Albert Camus said that artists simply reproduce the first few images that touched them as children or that first accessed their hearts. This is true for Australian artist Meredith Gaston. She is still enchanted by birds up in trees, people interacting with animals, houses tucked up on hillsides and, of course, faces and the way they communicate with other faces.

Images like this, which recur in Meredith's paintings and drawings, are about childhood happiness and the celebration of the magic of the everyday. Her simple forms, bold colour and naïve lines are instantly enchanting and evocative. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a more enriching imaginary landscape for a young mind.

Meredith works primarily with acrylic on canvas, but her Kindergallery collection also includes recently composed watercolour drawings, watercolour paintings and acrylic paintings on linen.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

pillow talk...

Cushions just have a way - a way of bringing together the elements of a room, a way of inviting warmth to a space and a way of adding comfort to a room. This enchanting cushion comes from the clever hands of Carmel Killin, founder of Feed the Dog.

Carmel is captivated the wonderful skewed shapes and lines of children’s drawings and has grown up with a love of story telling which inadvertently influences her work.

"This building is from an original skyline painting that was done for me one Christmas by my six year old nephew." Carmel designs a cushion by isolating images from various sources, adding her own graphics and putting them all together onto cotton upholstery fabrics, creating a layered, collage effect. Depth and texture are added through combining techniques of hand painting, screenprinting, lino printing, appliqueing, and hand and machine stitching.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

SHOP big on Friday ...

On Friday this week (13th Feb) COLES will donate profits from its 750 stores around Australia to the Governments Bushfire Appeal Fund in partnership with the Australian Red Cross. From today customers can also make their own donation to the Fund at any Coles Supermarket.

So if you can, save your big shop until this Friday. Please forward this message to a friend by clicking the little envelope below.

Monday, February 9, 2009

studio oat....

It was love at first sight when I stumbled across the engaging work of studioOat. Hoang Nguyen is the creative force behind the Sydney based project and exudes passion and fervor for his art. Typically the illustrations draw on imagery from nature and children’s drawings, and explores the themes of spirituality, motivation, positive change, and environmental issues.

It was certainly a chore to choose a piece to feature but decided upon this serene image from within the Baby Elephant collection equally for the thought behind the works as well as the visual outcome. Hoang speaks of this piece as being about the birth of change - "a place where reflection is required, a place where the spirit can rest and a place where we could change the world from one point"

At the centre of studioOat’s vision, there is a strong focus on global sustainability. With a sense of urgency all studioOat products are manufactured with recycled or sustainable materials from within Australia.

Friday, February 6, 2009

In Japanese puka puka means "an object gently floating in space". Nina Still is a Australian based designer who has trained as both an Architect and Jeweller. For her, mobiles are a perfect fusion of architecture and jewellery and have become the basis of her business Puka Puka.

Constantly inspired by the Australian landscape, the mobiles are related to the many journeys Nina has made in South-eastern Australia. After each trip, sketches and found objects are brought back from the bush to construct the initial prototypes.

The Sea Sponge mobile is high on our most wanted list with gently curving organic forms and fine dot detail. The movement and profile evoke the textures and tranquil balance of ocean life.

Sea Sponge is cut from Australian plantation plywood and hand sanded to create a beautiful finish.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

perfectly imperfect...

The appeal of these treasures is in the simple, organic shapes and the innocence they seem to capture.

Rae Dunn is a Californian artist who finds inspiration from the earth and finds beauty in all that is natural in form. Built entirely from hand, Rae's work is strongly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.

"I don't strive for perfection in line and form in my work. The incompleteness and imperfection of my work is part of the story"

Visit Rae's website to get yourself one of these little delights.