A design is born - the story of super girl and super boy

As an artist my designs come to life in a variety of forms, in a variety of places and at a variety of times.  Creativity is relentless and I love it.  For me, I see things in colours and shapes, whether its a plant, an animal, a landscape, a building and even people.  I am drawn to things that are bright and alive and give me a sensation, a feeling and an energy.  This is what I try to translate in my work for you to experience.

The gallery of images above are the story of how the Super girl and Super boy designs came to life in the studio.  The idea of these two characters was inspired by a friend of mine who has twins, a boy and a girl.  And I wanted to create something for each of them but would also resonate with other boys and girls of all ages .  

Making each design is a process.  It starts with a drawing, then transferring it onto a plate and carving it out (in reverse), inking the plate and getting the coverage even and then printing onto paper.  The artworks are then digitally scanned into a format that can be printed onto the fabric. 

Some may argue that you could design digital from the start point but I think it's my traditional fine art training that leads me to always start with my hands, carving, the splats of ink on my hands, the smell, the anticipation and the excitement when the print turns out.  And even if it doesn't you can print it again.

This process adds a special dimension to My Little Perfect products.  The journey it goes through  to its point of manufacture is an adventure I thrive upon each day to bring to you.  All our products are proudly designed, made and manufactured with a tonne of love in Melbourne, Australia.  

Maggie X

Remember you're welcome to come and visit our studio at the Abbotsford Convent, Monday-Thursday

Photography by Loneography, Melbourne


Painting with your child has so many rewards...

Learning Tip

By Maggie V

For all the mums and dads out there, don’t be put off by the mess of craft at home.  Art and craft for your toddlers to pre-school age children and beyond doesn’t have to be messy. Or avoided.  As a parent and a former primary and secondary school art teacher, my students had to learn to keep their mess to a minimum and to clean up after themselves, and this can be applied in the home.  Keep it simple, enjoy the process and see how valuable the experience can be.  

Give this one a try:

Painting a Canvas. A collaborative activity with your child/ren.

What you will Need:

A stretched Canvas of any size

Available at specialist art stores such as Zart Art, Box Hill but also widely available at your local $2 shops.

Acrylic Paint

Use water based for easy washability. You only need Primary Colours, Black & White if you want also.  Blue, Red, Yellow.  Its easier to learn and retain information when it’s utilised in context, for this reason I only ever use the primary colours for kids to learn, what I call their ‘colour sums’, how to mix colours to make secondary and tertiary colours, tones and hues.

[Blue + Red = Purple]               [Blue + Yellow = Green]                   [Red + Yellow = Orange]

If you practice this enough, because its contextual practice, it will become organic practice.

You can then introduce Black and White to make lighter and darker shades of the colours you created in your ‘colour sums’.

A Palette for the paint

These can be paper plates that can be disposed of at the end of your activity, or recycled Let’s look after our World.

Paint brushes - 3 paint brushes is enough.

This promotes and encourages sharing and responsibility for cleaning a brush to use another colour.  

Water pot

To clean brushes.


An old short sleeve t-shirt is fine.  I find smocks with sleeves are more likely to make mess, as they often get dragged through the paint and that’s when it starts to travel, when the kids start to move.  They might end up with paint on their little arms, but have a face washer at the ready to wipe them clean.

Old towel/tea-towel/sheet

I like to use an old sheet.  They are big enough to cover my dining room table, (which is where my son and I paint).  One for the floor is also good to protect carpet.

You’re all set.  

Paint anything you like, but encourage your child/ren to think what they would like to paint by prompting a couple of ideas, such as their favourite animal, or a pet, a colour, or you could paint a family portrait together?

This activity doesn’t need to take all morning or afternoon either, give yourselves an hour, but you may find it will only take half! Include children in the set-up process and the clean-up process, as this also encourages responsibility and independence.

What you will find at the end of the hour of painting together is that you’ve taught your child their ‘colour sums’, encouraged sharing, responsibility and independence, strengthened their confidence, developed trust in the process and discovered what their favourite colour is.  Not to mention having a beautiful painting to hang on your wall that you can both be proud of and can share with family and friends who come to visit.  

The artwork you make always has more depth and meaning than appears on the surface, because of the lessons you’ve learned together, by being engaged in the process.

Happy painting! X