the man I photographed on Friday night. It was a pleasure to talk to them - I am so thankful for the opportunities to meet new people.
The studio is a fantasy land of art and toys from years past. There are shelves full of pop up books, animation flick books, Viewmasters and slides, marionettes and play scenes. The walls display Magic Lantern slide boxes, paintings, masks made from found objects, and sculptures. A merry-go-round is the centrepiece of the room - marionettes hang from it, and customers are welcome to play with them.
I asked them why they opened up this amazing studio-store in Brunswick Street. It's an eclectic street of worldly restaurants, shops with racks of mass produced disposable clothes, bars, live music venues and blocks of housing commission flats.
"So many beautiful, old technologies get lost in the digital age", Lucy said. "We love protecting these art practices but not in a museum context. We want people to play with them."
While I was in the Magic Lantern Studio, several families came in, and children did play with the marionettes, and marveled at the toys on display - worlds away from their Nintendos and brand-name plastic chainstore toys. It was lovely to see.
Gonzalo finds beauty in the unexpected and discarded. He has made masks out of animal skulls and saucepan lids. Here is an animal skull and plaster mask - you can see the horns. Below it is the back of the mask - the teeth of the animal protrude from under the plaster.
Magic Lantern Studio
|155 Brunswick St|