Eggpicnic is a Chilean-Australian design duo based in Sydney founded by Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso. Their universally relatable design aesthetic creates a bridge to communicate complex, sometimes confronting, socially-conscious ideas and stories through handmade art-toys, objects and illustrations.

Their work has been celebrated internationally and has resulted in collaborations with art-toy producer Momiji, toy designer Lunartik Jones, the highly respected The School of Life and non-profit organisations in Australia, among others.

Camila and Chris share more with us:

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What is your favourite way to spend time with the kids?

Camila: We don’t have kids of our own yet but we have many nephews, nieces and I have an 11 year-old sister. We love to go out on walkabouts and let nature amuse us, we love to play with things we find as part of our surroundings.

Chris: Expedition to unknown corners of a garden, getting up close with wildlife.

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Who inspires you?

We are inspired by daily conversations and by situations we feel should be addressed. Our work aims to raise awareness about these issues or to celebrate things we admire.

For example, our spectacled bear was born from a conversation we had about Paddington Bear. Chris told me he was from Peru and I didn’t believe him because I’m from Chile and I had never heard of any bear that lived in South America. So we looked him up and it was true. That same day I called my family and friends on Skype to ask them if they knew because I thought it was outrageous that I wasn’t aware of this and nobody knew about him. I found it very shocking that no one had ever brought this up and that it wasn’t something they taught you in school.

When we started researching we met Imarú Lameda, a researcher of the species in Venezuela, who guided us through the information and the status of the Jukumari. This way we found out that there were only 3,000 left in the wild, considered vulnerable according to the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. This is why we created our first paper toy, the Jukumari, and he was the main piece of our first exhibition.

We feel that people need more hope and need to feel that everyone is part of the solution and design is an ideal means to account for the need to preserve nature.

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What’s for breakfast?

Pancakes with manjar and a gourd of yerba mate.

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What’s your favourite thing to bake?

Homemade Chilean empanadas de pino, a unique taste of tradition.

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What’s your favourite bedtime story?

Camila: Improvised stories, using our imagination and creativity to create make believe scenarios, exploring new worlds and ideas.

 

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What is your go to remedy for a tantrum?

Playing some good music, it’s good for the soul!

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Find out more about this creative couple and their socially-conscious art and toys on the Eggpicnic website.