we’re bringing art HOME!

Our third ART HOUSE brings you an entirely different flavour and vibe! 
We will explore the detailed and innovative work of two local abstract artists – experts in experimentation of colour and form. 

Alex Fulton is well known as New Zealand’s Queen of Colour, a highly sought after interior designer and creative voice. Little known to many is her passion for painting and we are thrilled to debut her brand new collection of bold precise forms that celebrate her affinity with colour.
(See also below the exclusive 1 Day painting workshop with Alex!)

Alexandra Weston‘s work is a marvel. From a distance her large scale pieces appear to be pattern… on closer inspection, you will find incredible layers and colour combinations in meticulously placed, painterly dots. Commonly working on perspex and for the very first time releasing limited edition prints, it is a treat to view this Lyttelton artists work in person! 

We will also be introducing something a little new! 
It has long been my dream to create a Poster Project that could open doors for collaboration and also provide a light hearted “bridge” leading new art buyers away from homeware decorative prints to owning work that is “made by people” local to them. This ART HOUSE debut will offer visitors to view the debut collection in person and place orders. 

Further details on all artists down this page. 

As always, the aim of the ART HOUSE pop up is to offer YOU the chance to learn about, appreciate and buy art in a friendly domestic environment.

We hope to see you on Thursday 21st February 2019.
Julia on behalf of Alex and Alexandra 

POP UP DETAILS for Thursday 21st Feb.

  • $5 cash gate charge per adult
  • Pop up is on Thursday 21st February, open from 3 – 7pm with an Artist’s Panel Q+A at 5.45pm.
  • Eftpos and Credit Card payments accepted.
  • Plenty of street parking 
  • Please no dogs
  • Children will need to be supervised at all times inside and out.
  • I’m afraid there is no wheel chair access at this time.
  • Guests will be offered a fresh, local glass of The Winemakers Wife Rose on arrival OR beer from Golden Mile Brewing who will also be on hand to offer tastings. 
  • We thank Govino for their support with their reusable wine glasses! 
  • This is an easy going pop up to explore, browse and buy if your heart is grabbed. Alexandra, Alex and I welcome any questions and are happy to share! 
  • The pop up will go ahead rain or shine.

LOCATION: 615 Worcester Street, Linwood, Christchurch 8062

With thanks to our partners
Govino // The Winemaker’s Wife // Team Brick // Golden Mile Brewing 

View our last ART HOUSE pop up below…

Film made by Flashworks Media 

“So this is how it is in a nutshell, I do my absolute best to have a joyful existence, to find wonderful bits in the mundane.  To appreciate.   To live well, to love hard and be true to myself.  I want to feel alive, every single day.​

Its hard describe the feeling of creating, the desire is strong, the happiness spills from me and into my work. Not too much thought is required, its just happens.  Each piece is brimming with passion, positivity and joy. “

Connect with Alexandra’s world via Instagram, Facebook and her website

Alexandra is a member of the newly launched Studio Home Artists Incubator and her available work will be available online at Studio Home immediately following the show

“I’m an interior designer, artist, stylist, writer and happiness maestro
here to infuse your ideas with my creative, out-of-the-box vision.

I’m a rebel with a colour wheel, bending the traditional rules
and designing and creating like no one is watching.

I love to push the boundaries of colour and design and muddle it all
up into an eclectic, multi-layered interior cocktail that’ll leave you
giddy with inspiration.”

Connect with Alex’s world through her Instagram, Facebook, Website and Online Store

Available work from the ART HOUSE pop up will be available online at Studio Home immediately following the show

and something special! 

The first workshop we are thrilled to host is whole day of unleashing your creativity and squashing your making fear with Alex Fulton! 

In an intimate group of just 8, join Alex at The Blue House to create your own circular abstract painting. Spend your day learning about Alex’s process and working with her to create a palette that reflects your own aesthetic. You will leave with your very own masterpiece to treasure.

10 am – 4 pm Saturday 23rd February
All materials and delicious refreshments are provided – just pack your lunch for a picnic in the garden. 
Limited to just 8 spaces. 
$180 per person. 

To book email Alex directly alex@alexfultondesign.co.nz with subject line: Workshop. 
Payment is by direct debit and needed in full to secure space. 

With an eye on the future I will invite artists to select photographs shot by me and transform them into something new by over painting, drawing, collage and more.
To debut the project I have created a small collection of 3 pieces in celebration of my new passion for gardening and my imagined whimsy and personality that my home grown blooms have. 
“Creatures from my Garden” will be added to in time as will the introduction of collaborative imagery with other artists. 
Printed on non-archival 160 gsm poster paper and available in limited editions of A2 x 100 and A1 x 80, this project will provide largescale options at an entry level price. 
I’m excited and a tad nervous at your thoughts!!! 
Julia x 

Pre-orders will be available in person at the ART HOUSE pop up, following the show they will be permanently available online at the NEW Studio Home Art Store.

The Blue House 

T and I have lived in this 1912 Christchurch villa for just over two years. We were extremely lucky to land in a property with such fantastic bones and have relished making it our own. 
Painting rooms, falling head first into a flower gardening obsession (well one of us..) and even our own wedding ceremony in the back yard is all part of our life here so far. 

Over the last year, the focus of my own writing has headed more and more into the realms of encouraging others to make spaces that reflect themselves. Ways to recognise their individual aesthetic values and relish slowly building a home that is both a personal refuge and teller of their own stories.

The ART HOUSE concept feels like a natural extension of these ideas and my 11 years of profiling artists on both sides of the Tasman. Inviting people in the doors to wander an art filled home in person shuns the perception that art exhibitions are somehow shrouded in snobbery and expense. 
My only goal is to encourage people to find value in owning art the same way they would spend on a new dress or holiday. Art will stick round for longer! 

Explore on Instagram: #thebluehousenzand #studiohomearthouse


Following hot on the heels of our fantastic debut ART HOUSE with 
Fleur Wickes, we have united three talented and diverse local artists – all with a fascinating perspective in celebration of our natural environment. 

High country artist; Amelia Guild will not only be presenting you with some of her familiar handsome farm creatures, but also revealing brand new work which will be sure to excite her fans!

Joining Amelia and her bold, painterly style, is up and coming Christchurch talent; Harriet Millar whose rich local vistas and streetscapes will have you viewing your region through fresh eyes. Superbly balancing our painters is the moody floral portraiture from photographer Stacey Weaver of Just South West, offering you the chance to meet blooms in both intense clarity and size!

Our artists will be showing a selection of limited edition prints in various sizes, originals and the opportunity to commission your own modern heirlooms. 
There will be something for everyone, making this is an unrivaled opportunity to meet talent from your own town.

Once again we will be opening the gate from 3 -7pm, (don’t forget your $5 per adult cash gate fee) from which you can sink into the experience with a glass of rosé from our friends The Winemakers Wife. You are welcome to wander the house and garden at your leisure, chat with the artists, time your visit with our artists panel Q+A at 5.45 pm OR ask me the paint colour of our bedroom!
There are no secrets kept on that front!

To top it all off, our friends from Ico Traders will be dotting their furniture throughout to give all art lovers a place to rest (and purchase if you so please!).

As always, the aim of the ART HOUSE pop up is to offer YOU the chance to learn about, appreciate and buy art in a friendly domestic environment.

We hope to see you on Wednesday the 5th Dec! 
Julia on behalf of Amelia, Harriet and Stacey

“As a creator I have always been interested in depicting the world around me. Growing up on a high country station meant that my greatest influence has been rural life and rural creatures…more specifically, cattle.
What started back at school as an interesting but challenging (moving) subject has developed and evolved over the past 15 + years and is now more of a vehicle for exploration and experimentation.
I was never satisfied with realistic depictions or colourways and I have found great enjoyment in showing my love for these animals through texture, gesture and palette.
I have such a passion for rural life that my paintings have inadvertently taken on the role as enthusiastic campaigners for this way of living, sending a message of joy and celebration. At a time when the media tends to dwell on and relish in the negative, I take great pleasure in portraying my truth. If my artworks are bright, bold and dynamic, then that reflects my sentiments toward rural living and people.”
Amelia is a full time artist and actress (Amelia Dunbar) amidst juggling the demands of motherhood. She has work hanging in local and international collections and is a recipient of the Selwyn District Council Arts and Culture Award. In 2017 she received the Craigs Aspiring Arts Prize. 
For the ART HOUSE Amelia will be bringing a preview of her limited edition prints PLUS some never been seen before originals!
Jump on and follow her on instagramfacebook or on her website

“My fondness for floral comes from my Mum. Growing up, fake flowers were not allowed past our front door. I would watch Mum transform the spaces which made up our home by adding pockets of greenery or bouquets of favourites from her impressive country garden.
Just South West developed when I began capturing some of my favourite stems at the end of their best, in a moody but beautiful way. With a fascination of one stem in particular – Pink Peony – which seemed to dry into a perfect petal sculpture. The five botanic art prints prints I started with over two years ago are still part of the collection, which has grown to the extensive art print collection, greeting card and gift range it is today. 
Offering unframed and framed prints that approach decent size (up to 841 x 1189 mm) and make for bold pieces of art as seen in ‘Room Reveals’ by Alex Walls in Your Home & Garden magazine, including our collaborative series created in 2016.
Also featured in Homestyle magazine, Queensland Homes magazine and recently commissioned by Hyndman Taylor Architects for larger than life protea printed wallpaper feature wall. “
The entire Just South West collection is photographed and created in Christchurch, New Zealand. Stacey will be concentrating on her exquisite limited edition collection for the ART HOUSE pop up. 

Connect with Stacey and her work via instagramfacebook or her website

Christchurch artist Harriet Millar only returned to her love of painting recently after successfully outsourcing her five children to school. Preferring to work in acrylic after learning the hard way that children like to borrow her paints and painting the furniture and walls with oils is not conducive to a peaceful family life.

Hugely inspired by the magic of the New Zealand landscape, Harriet interprets it in her own style with substantial layering of paint in thick brushstrokes. This painterly style was influenced by Australian artist Richard Claremont at his workshop she attended near Sydney earlier this year.

Harriet has recently exhibited alongside Georgie Hoby Scutt , has taken part in a number of popular local school fundraising exhibitions and is a regular collaborator with Barkers of Geraldine.

The ART HOUSE pop up will mark the very first release of limited edition prints from Harriet including the revealing of a whole body of new original work! Consider this a very good opportunity to engage with this artist early in her career. 
You can connect with Harriet via her facebook , instagram and her website.
Take a peep at our debut ART HOUSE pop up with the wonderful Fleur Wickes!
With thanks to Flashworks Media.

Explore on Instagram: #thebluehousenzand #studiohomearthouse

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