I stumbled across Maggi McDonald through the Mums with Hustle community and was instantly taken by the gorgeous colours and textures of her artwork. Based in Sydney, Maggi creates abstract artworks and art prints while juggling life as a mum and wife. Maggi talks to us about her journey into the world of art and design, her inspiration and gives us her advice on choosing, displaying and styling artworks in our home.
Tell us about your art and design work
I am an artist & surface designer based in Sydney. I paint mixed media abstract artworks & use these to create art prints & surface pattern designs. I grew up with creativity all around me – I took art and music as subjects in school. My mum was very creative and encouraged us to be creative as well. She was a potter and had a studio at home so we got to experiment
with clay and glazes. She is a maker and was always making things – macramé, jewellery, clothes. She was part of what we now call a collective that sold their wares in a store & at markets.
I still get immense satisfaction from making things and using my hands. I started my art & design business in mid 2015 while studying my Diploma in Surface Design at ISCD in North Sydney. I completed my Cert IV in Design the previous year and had rediscovered my love of painting. I started playing around with acrylics and sold my first painting to a friend and my business evolved from there.
Tell us more about Maggi… the face behind the art!
I am a mum of one human child & one furry child. I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa but moved to Australia 13 years ago after meeting my husband while on a working holiday in London. I like creating, hanging out with my 7 year old & spending time with friends and family. In my previous life I was a Sales Manager at David Jones as well as a
freelance Visual Merchandiser.
Your artwork is so beautiful and bright… where do you draw your inspiration from?
I am inspired by pretty much everything around me – the world is full of colour and beauty. I love traveling and learning about different cultures, especially the use of pattern and colour throughout the ages. I paint because it makes me happy & calms my soul and I want people to be happy when they look at my work.
I am a mad fan of The Block & I love the artwork that the contestants use in their room styling. I approached The Block Shop about selling my art prints with them and they said yes! It has been such great exposure for my art and has helped my work in reaching a wider audience.
What are your top tips for choosing artwork for our homes?
If you love an artwork, buy it. Often with art it’s a case of love at first sight. It’s an investment and if you really love a piece of art you will never tire of looking at it. Owning a piece of original art has become so much more accessible with online galleries and creative platforms like Etsy, Bluethumb and even Instagram. There are so many incredibly talented artists creating some amazing affordable art. And if you are on a budget there is always the
option of an art print.
Do you have any advice on displaying and styling our favourite artworks?
If you are styling or decorating a newly renovated space it’s wise to choose your artwork first and use the art as an inspiration for the rest of the space. You can then choose a couple of colours from the artwork to use throughout the space to tie the whole room together. The artwork will often be the focal point or statement in the room so it’s important to find an artwork that you love. I often create custom artworks to suit a specific space and colour palette, while still maintaining my signature style & colours.
Art Prints are a great way to incorporate some original art into your space. Styling framed prints together with photos and travel treasures on a gallery wall is another way of making a statement & showing off your personality & personal style. I am a bit of a collector and will often style things I bought on my travels with some artworks & some family heirlooms. Think a collection of Panama hats with some Delft inherited from my grandmother alongside a black & white print and you get the idea.
Where can we find you and purchase your gorgeous artwork?
You can find me on Instagram @maggimcdonald.art.design & Facebook at Maggi McDonald Art & Design.
My work is available through my website maggimcdonald.com as well as The Block Shop, Down That Little Lane & Makers Lane.
A selection of my original artworks are available through Moore Design Collective.
Thanks so much to Maggi for chatting with me, and for her great tips on introducing art into our homes. If your walls are a little like mine and looking a bit bare, a gorgeous and bright Maggi McDonald artwork might be just the answer… I will certainly be adding a MM masterpiece to my walls very soon… the hard part is choosing which one!
See you next time…Keep Chasing…
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