As my sister unpacked into her home in Christchurch and hung her art collection in temporary spots (during the wild, pre-renovation period), I noticed something crazy. The large majority of her art featured birds. They were in print and painted, they were abstracted and reproduced in bright, photo realism. She even had an incredible collection of pinned feathers from Australian natives in a frame! It was such a weird realisation for her and we laughed about how this could have happened, subconsciously, over the years and even why? Then the mirror
Lets just say, collecting this selection of work to share with you was hardly a chore… Landscapes/views/streetscapes hold so much nostalgia and romance for me and as a formerly committed fan of photo realism, I have come to immensely appreciate the emotive effect of painted “impressions” of places. I think its a fascinating and beautiful thing to see an artists “take of a scene” that many others have seen before. Below you will find 8 New Zealand and Australian artists that I follow on instagram and covet to the extreme.
You’re not to blame if the blinkers are on and you find yourself oblivious to any art or decoration for your walls beyond the framed, photographed, painted, penciled or printed!! What a huge, wonderful world of choice there is out there and its a thrill to purchase something that gives you pleasure every day your eyes brush over it. But this Edit is aimed to mess with your ideas and open you up to all the OTHER treasures that could find a special space in your home. I literally had
It was late 2015 when I first introduced you to The Paper Rain Project – a fascinating, highly creative endeavour fueled with passion by Indigo and Wills Rowe. Their work is based on values of collaboration, sustainability and always with an eye on a shared benefit. Aside from their current store in Picton and their plans for roving pop ups this summer, they have continued with their tradition of offering their handmade skateboard decks for artists to use as a canvas. Crafted by Wills recycling wood from old winebarrels, the
The sweet line drawings of Laura Shallcrass will have most definitely crossed your path at sometime or another. As an illustrator, she has long held court with a successful print career and audience from around the world – but now, shes on a new path. I love Laura’s answers to my questions below, particularly about her struggles to be brave enough to define herself as an artist. Self confidence is a fickle creature!!!
Virginia Woods-Jack walks a wonderful line of deeply thoughtful artist and internationally in-demand, commercial photographer. Despite being listed with one of the country’s top agencies and working with a portfolio of clients all over the world, English born Virginia has made her home in Wellington, the place she has found best to connect with nature and indulge the visual projects she works on. Below I took the chance to ask Virginia some questions as a way to better understand the mind of a professional indulging all facets of her chosen medium.
Alice Berry’s invitation to her exhibition ‘Wonderland’ really made me sit up and pay attention! Over the years I have watched as Alice grew a wholesale print empire that got the nod from many as a shining example of a young creative “doin it for herself”! Her work was fun, graphic and light hearted – a total winner for the card and print shelves of boutique design stores across the country. (You may have seen or even own an Alice Berry Llama?) So when the beautiful painted abstract invitation arrived I did a
I first got to know Billie Culy when she was helping with her parents Homebase Collections pop up in Auckland in 2013. I was captured by the close, creative aesthetic shared by the family as a whole, so often with the nature at its root. To this very day I am inspired to indulge the very fluid, beautiful way that they celebrate it – not only their art but their homes! The work shared below is a continuation of Billie’s exploration of using flowers, foliage, sets, vessels and a painters eye
Lola Wright is a young NZ photographer I have been gratuitously following on instagram for quite some time now. She takes me on her adventures around the country, across seas and on many occasions, “IN” seas! As a total sucker for the romanticism of nature, I am an easy match for her art based and editorial work (she has a cool blog to explore too) which made sharing this preview of her exhibition a total no brainer. “Aqua Frizzante” opens at Allpress Studio in Auckland this coming Monday – all details here
Last year I slotted in on the judging panel for the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. Just like the year before, it was thrilling to see the short lists and degree of talent in the locally submitted work (bodes well New Zealand!!). While Bolt of Cloth provide a version of heaven for fabric loving makers and decorators; I tip my hat to their committed effort at spotlighting domestic design talent with this ongoing project. Of course, there was one entry that rose to the top for all three of