Mum Monday: Meet Art Brand Bon Maxie + Win Some Pieces for Your Walls
It’ll come as no surprise to you that we love to support local, especially when the products are as heartfelt as the ones in this week’s Mum Monday post.
Bon Maxie is a kids art brand based out of Brisbane that focuses on creating art with heart. The lovely Clare – who is the talented creative behind the brand – started the business earlier this year when she was pregnant with her son, Max.
Clare tells me that the brand began out of her want to contribute to the household – and her urge to get in touch with her artistic side again.
“I’m sure I’m not the first new mum to feel ridiculously lost with a new baby and I was struggling with feeling like I wasn’t still able to contribute to the household,” she explains. “When Max went down to sleep at night, I found myself getting back into painting (I’d stopped for a while)”.
Clare started putting the call out for commissioned pieces and the orders started to flow in. She decided it was time to offer the market affordable art that was original and not mass-produced. It wasn’t long before Bon Maxie took shape.
“That helped me feel like I was achieving something other than being a milk machine and the world’s fastest nappy changer,” Clare says.
What’s so good about the artworks Clare produces is that while they started out as art for kids, but big kids at heart are fond of them too.
“I love that adults are wanting these for their own spaces too – just because they are animals, doesn’t mean they have to be for kids,” Clare says.
The inspiration for the animal range came when Clare and her husband were out to dinner one night.
“My husband spotted a mural with an elephant wearing a hat and the animals with human accessories just flowed from there”.
The funniest part of the Bon Maxi story is the origin of the business name; Clare’s love of Maxibon ice creams played a large part in the decision.
“I love Maxibons. So I started calling Max ‘Maxibon’ when he was first born – but I don’t want people trying to order ice cream on my website – I don’t have the freezer space to cater for that! So Bon Maxie was the next best name for the business”.
If you love kids art brand Bon Maxie as much as I do, enter the competition below to win a four-pack of artworks from Clare in A3 size!
Win a set of 4 Woodland prints from Bon Maxie
To go in the draw:
– Follow Bon Maxie on Instagram here
– Drop a comment below telling us what you love about this art
Competition open to Aus residents only. Comp closes 11.59pm Sunday October 18
This competition has now closed. The winner was Kate Fahey.
My Mum Fail of the Week
After a attending a friends wedding on Saturday and returning home quite late and yes, a little drunk, sleep was the only thing on my mind!
The next morning I heard my girls say “Shhhh they’re sleeping, let’s go and make our breakfast”. I was like… this is awesome, I will just rest my eyes a little longer. An hour later I jumped out of bed to see what they were up to. Yes, they made their breakfast alright…. it consisted of chips, marshmallows, strawberries, lollies and chocolate! This my friends was an EPIC #MumFail