Mag Square

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

in the spotlight : flora & ceres

If your idea of Christmas deco's is more linen stockings and twine than flashing santa's and tinsel, then you must visit Flora & Ceres this week at Magnolia Square. LOVE the miniature stocking advent calender below!

What is your earliest memory of yourself as a creative person?
Apart from doing paintings on the easel at kinder, I always took great care to make my school projects decorative.



How would you best describe your business?
Inspired by classic and European design with a mix of new and vintage products. Natural materials and quality workmanship are hallmarks of the business.


Day to day, what is it that inspires creativity in you?
Confident, independent, creative woman who are business minded with a distinctive style and purpose.


What has been your greatest success to date?
Starting a business around the textiles I love. More recently, relocating a Victorian schoolhouse to Ceres to use as the base for the business, trying to maintain the integrity of the building while allowing it to have a future use.


What are you loving at the moment?
With the recent Spring rain, I am loving how the gardens and landscape are so lush and verdant.....it has been a while.


What are you tired of?
The school run. One is finishing this year, but still 3 years to go.


Three words that best describe you.
Resourceful, Determined, Practical

Useful Links:
http://www.floraandceres.com.au/

Sunday, November 28, 2010

alice flynn / DESIGN lab at Mag Square


To view a larger version click here (the link is to our website).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

it's all going on in Adelaide right now

If you are in Adelaide over the next couple of days then you MUST drop by the Norwood Concert Hall for a spot of Christmas shopping.  Over 50 retailers are showing their very best.

Thursday 25th Nov 10am-9pm
Friday 26th Nov 10am-5pm
Saturday 27th Nov 10am-5pm
Norwood Concert Hall
175 The Parade, Norwood (Cnr George St)

a birds eye view of the opening minutes at Norwood

join the e-mail list and grab 2 for 1 movie passes to Hopscotch Film's upcoming romcom Heartbreaker

design & decorating ideas you can try at home
meet our talented retailers: Barbara from Klei

Emanuelle from Nell

Annette from Gate Uniques

Michelle from kids with crayons
Mara & Nick from printspace

Anne from LUcE Handmade

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

in the spotlight : naomi murrell

Naomi Murrell successfully combines clean lines, strong graphics and bold colours - all wrapped up in hippy girl chic.  Love it. Check out the lovely bits at our Adelaide show 25-27 November, Norwood Concert Hall. For event details click here

What is your earliest memory of yourself as a creative person?
I recently discovered an old bluebird brooch I made in my mum's jewellery box, it was basically a few bits of blue wool artfully glued to a bird shaped card, with a safety pin pushed through the back of it… I can definitely remember the younger me being fascinated by my mum's bluebird jewellery from the 60's.


How would you best describe your business?
We are a design label run by myself and my partner Dave. Our work is big on hope, happiness and the things that make us laugh. We try to make our products with good choices based on a love of people and the planet. 


Day to day, what is it that inspires creativity in you?
Colour, folky music, peppermint tea, bike rides and spending time with friends.


What has been your greatest success to date?
I think we're probably best known for our Flock prints and bird jewellery, which have been super popular and really helped launch the label. We have also been very excited about stocking a couple of stores in Paris!


What are you loving at the moment?
Silver studs, vintage Bally posters, foil balloons, the banjo, sailor girls, Mad Men (Season 4).

What are you tired of?
Trend hunting. We like to go our own way!


Three words that best describe you.
Nostalgic • Ginger • Sincere

USEFUL LINKS:
http://naomimurrell.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

in the spotlight : luce handmade

Adelaide shoppers are in for a treat - Anne Mason of Luce Handmade has been very busy at her sewing machine and has some really beautiful new pieces in her range.  Get in quickly ... Luce Handmade is a favourite amongst many of our retailers (myself most definitely included!).



What is your earliest memory of yourself as a creative person?
Spending time with my beautiful Nanna, I would spread out and do drawings, while she would knit. She was a dressmaker and she also taught me to sew.



How would you best describe your business?
Handmade, sustainable, artistic, stylish, timeless and original.

Day to day, what is it that inspires creativity in you?
Too many things… Nature, colours, pattern, textures. My vintage Japanese kimono fabric. My day to day graphic design also inspires colour and texture combinations in my textiles usage.


What has been your greatest success to date?
Having so many lovely customers who continually return to covet something new and special, they are always so kind and generous with their compliments.


What are you loving at the moment?
I am absolutely loving all the amazing kimono fabrics I have to work with at the moment. 


What are you tired of?
I'm tired of re-threading my sewing machine…

Three words that best describe you.
Hmmm… Generous, honest and creative

Useful Links:
http://lucehandmade.com/

Sunday, November 21, 2010

in the spotlight : messagemark

Kyrie from Messagemark has BIG plans for her gorgeous eco freindly paper goods business. See the range at Magnolia Square in Adelaide later this week.



What is your earliest memory of yourself as a creative person?
From when I can remember I was always making things out of various objects from around the house (robots, cubby houses, dolls, cars and Barbie accessories). My mum was very creative so our “Activity Box” was full to the brim!



How would you best describe your business?
Recipe for Messagemark
+ Creativity
+ Good Paper Design
+ Post Consumer Waste Paper
+ Love & Joy
+ Fun and happy paper products
+ Cure4CF Foundation
+ Feel good
+ Happy Earth

Mix the creativity with a dash of good paper design, and blend with 100% post consumer waste paper. Slowly add the love and joy and stir until you see fun and happy paper products form. Serve to your friends, family and workmates, and support Cure4CF Foundation. After only one serving you will feel good inside, and our Earth will feel happy too!

the messagemark studio - love it!

Day to day, what is it that inspires creativity in you?
I have a genuine passion for all things retro and turning old into new – I love to creatively give anything a second life rather than simply throw it away. That is what gets my creative juices flowing the most!



What has been your greatest success to date?
My biggest personal achievement that stands out the most is surviving breast cancer at the age of 30.



What are you loving at the moment?
Little Luv (littleluv.com.au) and Helen Hedding – gorgeous toys made from vintage fabrics.

the studio window

What are you tired of?
Owls! I designed my “Retro Owl” range 5 years ago, and now nearly everything has an owl on it. My goal in the new year is to launch a new trend. Watch this space!



Three words that best describe you.
Quirky, caring and creative.

Useful Links:
http://www.messagemark.com.au/
http://messagemark.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 20, 2010

in the spotlight : tickets for coco

Cousins Danni Townsend O'Neil and Brooke Murphy are the crazy two behind edgy but accessible fashion label Tickets for Coco. They began the ride in January this year but already, there is no dobut they are going places!  Next stop Adelaide 25-27 November 

What is your earliest memory of yourselves as creative people?
If dressing up in handmade flamenco costumes performing La Isla Bonita in front of the mirror is creative then we were both very creative from a young age.


How would you best describe your business?
A fashion label for real women who prioritize fit, style and quality over fashion driven wardrobes.




Day to day, what is it that inspires creativity in you?
Textures are our thing so anywhere we find something that scratches that itch is inspiring...at the moment it is Mongolian lamb fur which we are just lurving!



What has been your greatest success to date?
Tickets for CoCo is now represented in 20 stores so that is a huge thrill. We count our success though on the feedback we receive from women who love our clothes - to see someone feeling beautiful and confident in one of our pieces is a fabulous feeling.


What are you loving at the moment?
Vanilla - the colour, the smell and the taste!




What are you tired of?
Being tired. And summer - bring back the knee high boot


Three words that best describe us.
The cut snakes (editors correction, insert as mad as ...)


Useful Links
http://www.ticketsforcoco.com.au/
behind the scenes, you tube clip at the shoot click here

Sunday, November 14, 2010

LAST DAY TODAY ... Randwick

our entrance installation

If you havnt popped into Randwick yet ... make sure you do so today between 10am and 4pm.  The last two days have been INCREDIBLE with record numbers of shoppers coming through our doors.  Here is just a glimpse of whats on show (before the camera battery rudely ran out!!)

 Jason Grants look behind the scenes of a photo shoot

Sarah & Alice from Penny Farthing Design House

vessels by Have You Met Miss Jones

Little Bubble & Tree


the market basket co

feed the dog

hunt and gather