I don’t know about you guys, but this year I’ll be shopping local for all my Christmas gifts. Besides supporting local talent, shopping local helps boost the WA economy, plus we are bursting at the seams with the well made products and wonderful creatives in our pretty little state. This blog has introduced me to so many fabulous labels from candles to cacti to colourful art that’ll certainly brighten up ones home and life. One WA store I’ll certainly be hitting up this festive season is Beau Est Mien. The print shop and gallery is the brain child of artist Magali Dincher, a French illustrator with a knack for interpreting cityscapes and architecture in a feminine and quirky way. Her artwork is both eye catching and thought provoking, and every time I visit I leave the store with something quirky and colourful. Magali doesn’t just illustrate canvas, you’ll find her whimsical little buildings and bridges on stationary, etched into rubber stamps, covering greeting cards and splashed across beautiful calendars and notebooks. The store also stocks hand made products from all over the country (and world), including local artists Alina Tang of Giant Pansy, Pip & Printer and more.
Besides being a one stop for every kind of gift, the studio also offers workshops in everything from screen printing to stencil work. Kids are also catered for, as they host brilliant school holiday program’s for all ages. I may be a bit of a writer but I have no art skills at all, but the Print and Pattern Workshop on Dec 12 looks right up my alley! The half day workshop explores print and bright colours and is a great intro to screen printing (perfect for art fails like me). I haven’t screen printed since Year 10 art class, so a refresher would be ace! Or if you’re a travel fanatic the Travel-Inspired Pigment Transfer class Jan 10 looks brilliant. Bring along your own travel snaps and learn how to reproduce them via pigment transfer. Um wow! For the kiddies and teens, the Screen Print Your Own Cushion class on Jan 22 sounds right up my alley – pity I’m not a child! All materials are provided and wouldn’t a home made cushion cover be a beautiful gift from the kids this Christmas? All classes are kept to a small number (between 10-12 participants) so all attendees have ample opportunity to work one on one with the teachers. Beau Est Mien’s resident art teacher Aaron Prior (of Welcome Collective) teaches a number of classes, but you’ll also find Giant Pansy’s Alina Tang popping the teachers hat on. All workshops are held on site at the studio (upstairs above the shop). The space is large and light filled (check out some snaps here), perfect for learning new skills, and quite inspiring if I do say so myself! Now which class to take first? A workshop would also make a wonderful Christmas gift with skills and memories that’ll last, so pop over to their website for all the upcoming dates.
Thanks to Beau Est Mien one lucky blog reader will start the festive season early with the chance to win their very own illustrated 2016 calendar by Magali Dincher herself. The calendar is watercoloured by hand, then printed and bound, and features beautiful cityscapes from all over the world (including Perth). It’s quirky and kitsch, and would look beautiful in a home office, work station or kitchen. The colour scheme is muted yet warm, and every drawing is intricate and very detailed. I was kindly gifted my own 2016 calendar and cannot wait to wave goodbye to this year so I can display my beautiful new piece of stationary. I’m not sure which picture is my favourite but I’m loving June. To win your own Beau Est Mien calendar simply answer the question below. The most creative answer will win, judged by my E. The competition is open to all Australian residents. Will you spot your own city in it?
What are you most looking forward to in 2016?
* Beau Est Mien product gifted for my review, all opinions are my own. Competition is open to Australian residents only.