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Shortly after artists Gonzalo Varela and Lucy Parkinson arrived from Barcelona, they took over a small shop near the foot of Smith Street. Over the course of the next year, the front window gradually filled up with a mysterious miniature landscape of plants, plastic animals and tiny dolls. Finally, they unveiled the Magic Lantern Studio, selling ‘pre-cinema toys’ like marionettes, stereoscope cards, zoetropes and hand-coloured slides. You’ll also find new editions of forgotten and peculiar books, with titles like ‘Why Not Eat Insects?’, and art by Varela and Parkinson including hyper-detailed custom pet portraits and a range of hand-painted bicycle seats.

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By Una Cruickshank   |  

Magic Lantern Studio details

155 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065

Open Wed-Mon 11am-6pm

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