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Min Pin

Etsy Entertaining

Today marks the final instalment of our ‘Etsy Entertaining’ series,  highlighting handcrafted ideas for summer entertaining, in partnership with Etsy!

Today we introduce a talented young illustrator and designer based in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges.  Penny Ferguson is perhaps best known as Min Pin!  Her distinctive illustrations form the basis of a cheerful collection of table linen, tea towels, ceramics and accessories.

For this project, we asked Penny to create a unique printed tablecloth for us, as well as a range of her quirky ceramic vessels. We partnered Penny’s designs with vases by another of our favourite Etsy sellers – Vanessa Bean!

8th December, 2016
Lucy Feagins
Thursday 8th December 2016

Penny Min Ferguson grew up in Perth, Western Australia, where she studied design and illustration. In 2010, she moved to Melbourne, where she instantly embraced the local creative scene, organising small group exhibitions and undertaking various internships at design studios. In 2013, she began designing her own accessories and homewares, and before long, she was running her own fledgling business!

Since first opening her Etsy store in 2013 and starting to sell her wares, Penny has been part of some amazing special projects and collaborations. She has created a line of purses and a textile design for local label Togetherness. She has collaborated with another local label, Halcyon Nights, on a range of wonderful kids bedlinen. This year she is also very excited about a new print project she is working on with fellow local designer and printmaker Ashley Ronning. OH AND Penny also took out the Art and Illustration category in this year’s Etsy Awards!

‘What I get most out of the work I do with Min Pin are the connections I make with the local craft and design communities’ Penny says. ‘There are so many amazing, inspiring and talented people out there! I hope that Min Pin continues to grow so I can keep meeting these great people and work on new and exciting projects’.

Taking our cues from Penny’s sweet and quirky illustrative style, we sourced a few additional handcrafted items from the following Etsy sellers to complete this look. :

Printed table linen and ceramics vessels by Penny Ferguson aka Min Pin
Totem Vases and Peep Lights by Vanessa Bean
White ceramic plate by Belinda Tee


Difference Makes Us. Celebrate all that unique-ness. Find what makes you ‘you’. Shop this Christmas.

Penny Min Ferguson of Min Pin. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email