Margaret Preston : 4 Flourishing Facts!

Truth be told, It wasn't actually until last year during Heide's Making Modernism Exhibition that we truly fell in the love with the work of Margaret Preston. It was through our research and collaboration with Heide, Queensland Art Gallery and now The National Gallery of Australia though that we truly learnt what a badass artist she was for her time! Upon the launch of our Margaret Preston collection today, we wanted to share a few ( 4 flouring to be exact) facts with you all, as it really does add context and attitude to what is so much more than beautiful botanicals. It's very special for us to make collections like this that allow you to bring art into your home in a unique and accessible way!
Our Margaret Preston collection, in collaborative license with The National Gallery of Australia, is now available to pre-order. Just in time for Mother's day (wink wink) 

4 Flourishing Facts!
1. Believe it or notMargaret was one musical myrtle! In her practice she developed her own custom colour scale just to suit her work, to do so she applied both scientific and music theory. Giving her painting and prints a sense of rhythm, harmony and balance! 

2. This rebellious Rhodamnia rejected traditional art techniques, using cheap and convenient cardboard to paint on instead of the more commonly used primed canvas. It's innovative acts like this that helped pave the way for many modern Australian artists that followed her.

3. Although her work may seem like simple studies, Preston would take careful consideration in the composition of her work, playing with the concept of framing within the piece.

"When we try to imprison that beauty we must make the type of picture fit a frame, so I design with the utmost care, the exact position of every tiny detail in leaf and flower, bowl and pot which will fit into that frame. It takes me ten times longer to get the design perfect in my mind as it does to do the work."

4. Considered an innovator of her generation and among the most distinctive and influential artists in Australia, we can thank this key figure for the early development of Modern Art in Sydney! So let's hear it for Margaret Preston the Banksia Babe!

Shop Margaret Preston here. 

Kitty Sutherland

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November Christmas Gift Guide


Here's a selection of our favourite gifts for entertaining, gifting or decorating in this festive season. 

Nice handmade gifts

Splatter Mug Large Short X Peter Shire    

Hand Built and all uniquely splatter painted, these amazing mugs made by Echo Park Pottery in California USA are a Third Drawer Down favourite. Functional and sculptural, how all mugs should be we say! 


Light Pink Dog Vase x Katie

We are so excited to have animal-themed ceramic art at Third Drawer Down from Cali babe Katie Kimmel. There's no discrimination between cats and dogs here either, we love both! The detail in the speckles and slightly off-centre faces is adorable, you will be naming your vase and keeping it forever.


Wall Art

Opening Hours Tea Towel x David Shrigley

David Shrigley is most commonly known for his Black and White illustrations which is why we thought it about time we did a Black and White Tea Towel! The Opening Hours Tea Towel makes for exceptionally cynical wall art and we love it.


Life Is Fantastic Tea Towel x David Shrigley

Third Drawer Down in collaboration with Scottish artist David Shrigley present Life is Fantastic, a Domestic Art Tea Towel. This is a digitally printed artwork on 100% linen. It can be seen as a functional domestic art tea towel or an artwork to be framed, loved and displayed in the home. A best seller and an eternal favourite of the studios. 

Afromuses Tea Towel x Chris Ofili

The humble tea towel is one of Third Drawer Down's signature artist products. A practical and fun way to dry the dishes, it can also be stretched onto a canvas at your local framer and double up as an affordable artwork for your home, as pictured here, in fact we insist you have these two framed-it's a must!?

Dancing Ladies Tea Towel x Frances Canon

Frances's Dancing Ladies work has been a studio favourite for a long time so having it adapted to a pretty pink tea towel is incredibly dreamy. Perfect for framing but also functional in the kitchen if you would like some dancing ladies there. Who doesn't. 

Practical but fun gifts

Ridiculous Stress Swan X David Shrigley 

First, we gave you the Ridiculous Inflatable Swan-Thing (which went viral - but that's another story) now, this holiday season, we bring you the Ridiculous Stress Swan-Thing. It's time to solve stress with swans! Packaged in the cutest box with a little hole so he can say hay, this desk companion is a must-have. 


Contour Keyring x Areaware

These contour keyrings by Areaware are simple and user-friendly, yet elegant in design. The brass metal screw clasp closes neatly and firmly, while the larger shapes allow you to either clip the ring to your belt or wear around your wrist. 

The keyring comes in two designs: The bell and the drop.

Memo bottle / Slim

Slim, stylish reusable water bottles in the new Slim size. Designed in Melbourne, the Memo Bottle is ideal for travel, the office, your bedside or simply slipped into your back pocket. Originally a kickstarter campaign, the Memo bottle was hugely successful and is now a Third Drawer Down best seller! Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, the Memo Bottle Slim is 450ml and BPA free Tritan. 

Insulated Traveller Bottle x S'Well / Splatter

Triple walled, stainless steel insulated bottle perfect for hot and cold drinks, keeping them warm for 12 hours and cold for 24. Designed to fit perfectly in your hand with a wide mouth to enable ice in your beverages! 470ml, high grade stainless steel, non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free.


Squeeze Banana

This is the squeeze banana perfect for receiving stress in adults and being stretchy and fun for kids. Part of our new pocket money collection. 



Stay tuned for the December gift guide! 

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