A design graduate, Anna has travelled the world in search of places of beauty and timelessness, reflected in her popular range of architectural plaques and tiles. They seem to stir the memory of happy times spent in magical places. Childhood recollections of her lush Tasmanian garden, bursting with fruit and flowers are another source of inspiration.
Every one of her unique decorative bas-relief sculptures are first hand modelled by Anna, then moulded and cast in a hard stone plaster. Each piece is hand painted, layer upon layer, until the right patina is achieved.
Alive with colour, Anna's home is a patchwork of vibrant patterns, rich tribal embroideries, rugs from every continent and ever-growing collections of flea market treasures. Mosaics adorn walls and courtyards. Her environment inspires new designs constantly and her aim is to spread joy, colour and life around the world.
After graduating from Curtin University, Western Australia, with a degree in design, Anna worked in interior design and jewellery design both in Australia and overseas and taught painted finishes. Her experience in design, sculpting, mould-making, paint effects and a love of exotic Mediterranean architecture eventually came together in the form of her unique, brightly painted, sculpted wall plaques.
When Anna and her husband Michael McElhinney first started the business together, their small back shed served as a moulding, painting and packing area, but before long the products started selling all over Australia and they were soon bursting at the seams. Their first factory was opened in 1997 by the Hon Kim Beazley, leader of the Federal Opposition, but with more staff and huge orders coming in, they soon had to move again to a much larger factory near Fremantle, Western Australia. With agents and distributors all over the world and a burgeoning export business, the company has upgraded premises yet again, moving to Osborne Park, the homewares capital of Perth.
Anna has recently realised another dream by opening a concept store adjoining her new factory. The new shop (25 Pearson Way Osborne Park WA) showcases her award winning range of wall plaques, mirrors and lamps. It also stocks Anna's handmade jewellery, apparel and felt shawls plus a range of locally made natural body products. Antique furniture, rugs and suzanis adorn the shop, which is now a mecca for lovers of colour and beauty.
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Osborne Park: Monday to Friday 9.30 - 3.30 Sat/Sun closed
Cottesloe: Gypsiana/40 Napoleon Street (ph 616 21313), Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 930am - 5pm Sunday closed
Leederville: Gypsiana/ 747 Newcastle Street (08 9227 1752), Monday to Friday 10am-5:30 am, Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm