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Presence Collection by Sophie Melville

Presence Collection by artist Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home
The soft, drifting landscapes of Sophie Melville might be quite familiar to you but perhaps under her former moniker of Mini Grandi Artist.
Wanaka based Sophie has spent the last few years reconnecting with her art practice while juggling her Mum jobs. Her work, entirely inspired by the dramatic landscape of where she lives, has found an enthusiastic audience internationally and via her stockists.
Taking stock and looking toward the future, Sophie has stepped out from behind her “brand” name, sold the very last of her open edition prints and has moved to provide a more covetable form of her work in exhibition based originals and limited edition giclee prints.

Loved by those attracted to a minimal palette AND those attracted to the delicate, floating form her work takes – all will be excited to see the arrival of her new “Presence Collection”.

"Out-of-reach-but-not-out-of-sight" by Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home Presence Collection by artist Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home "Seeking-Presence" by Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home Presence Collection by artist Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home Presence Collection by artist Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home

“This collection is a culmination of a lot of simply ‘being’.

Sitting and being comfortable in my stillness.
The realisation of the total acceptance of myself.
Choosing to focus on the journey not the result.


To me this is all the awareness of presence.

My style has become more refined through reflection, consideration and now my process is immersed in clarity and foresight. But more than ever I take a lot longer to complete a painting as I feel a deeper connection to myself and this is visually expressed in my paintings. It’s my thought processes while creating that are making me observe, consider and just be.”

Explore Sophie Melville’s work here. 

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“Bloom” by Fleur Woods

 

Embroidery artwork by Fleur Woods // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Upper Moutere based artist; Fleur Woods before, and heard first hand the happy story of how her painted work led her to teach herself to stitch and as a result we have this incredibly rich, textured and beautiful art!!

“Bloom” is Fleur’s first solo exhibition in Taranaki, hosted by Kina – NZ Design and Artspace in New Plymouth.

“Bloom is a new series of 14 contemporary, stitched paintings. I created them while channeling my humble Crown Lynn collection, love of flowers and overly optimistic op-shopper-itis. The 12 smaller works are each the size of a Crown Lynn saucer and their imagery references Crown Lynn patterns from the 50’s-70’s. Reinventing the patterns with fresh contemporary colours the paint & stitch meets linen where it blooms into new forms.”

To coincide with the launch of the collection, Fleur has also chosen 5 of the “paintings” to be printed as an exquisite, limited edition series of giclee prints. I own one myself from a previous series she did and the effect of the stitched features as a print is eye catching!

If you are in New Plymouth between Friday 27 January and 21 February, drop in to Kina  (101 Devon St West, New Plymouth) to view. Fleur will be there herself for Friday’s opening and Saturday morning.

For those that CAN’T get there you are in luck! View the Bloom Collection online here at Kina  and the prints available here. 

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bodha modern wellness

bodha modern wellness // NZ/USA - available online // as featured on Studio Home

Hi everyone! This is a rather fitting introduction to lead with for the brand new year! I’m always gunning for a new slate, new rituals and the intention to look after myself much better.

Bodha is a collection of modern wellness products designed to help you come back to yourself. Based on the belief that feeling connected is the key to happiness our line engages your senses through the power of ritual and aromatherapy.”

I would struggle to have introduced bodha any better than founder; Emily L’Ami does above. This beautiful collection of carefully thought out goods (for the soul and senses) have been created by this New Zealander while living in LA with her husband; Fredericus L’Ami, (also creative director of the brand). Some serious research has gone into the products as well as an international role call of designers and artisans!
Japanese linen is used for the aromatherapy eye pillows and the hand crafted brass incense holders have been made in a Japanese factory dating back 100 years. The Ritual Oil Diffuser has been designed by our own Jamie McLellan and crafted by local ceramic legend; Gidon Bing.

What I like about all this is the care taken in design and construction totally reflects the ethos of the products. Its about “quality time taken”.

Enjoy!

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Emily L’Ami outside her LA apartment
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bodha

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Prints by Joe Helmore

Print by Joe Helmore // New Zealand/Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home

For less than a quarter of a second I wondered if you might be getting sick of the art based posts….then I thought, of course not, IMPOSSIBLE!

So, to keep the intro’s flowing, here is an exciting update from one of our “shared” (NZer living in Byron Bay) emerging talents!
I posted about Joe Helmore and his beautiful, layered largescale work earlier in the year. I’d definitely be considered a serious fan of his original works and one day I will surely arrive a “collector” status.
In the mean time, I can start with his brand new offering of beautiful limited edition prints!! This a tight, capsule collection printed at a variety of sizes (imagine the horse above at A0!!!) that will allow us all to jump on Joe’s fast moving track upward in the artworld.

Click through to explore all here and information for purchase.

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Joe Helmore
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Bird Plus Bird

Print by Bird Plus Bird / Melissa Boardman - New Zealand. Available online // as featured on Studio Home

A month ago I received a submission that at first, felt pretty normal. Normal in the sense the work was great, but I wasn’t feeling “attached” to it (obviously I enforce a strict, scientific acceptance process!!) But on clicking, exploring and striking up further conversation with Melissa Boardman, I discovered she was fronting a truly beautiful body of work across so many different mediums. Under the guise of Bird Plus Bird, the Wellington based artists/designer/illustrator/maker produces prints, calendars, repeating pattern (which was GORGEOUS!) and to be honest….I imagine there is a WHOLE lot more to be revealed from her!

So I am very excited to present, what I feel is, the beginnings of Melissa Boardman’s creative offering and I sure hope anyone brand people out there recognise a visual talent that might be worth collaborating with!

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Melissa Boardman
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Fine Art Fundraiser and amazing chance to snap up local talent!

By Mickey Ross (Micimage) // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz
“Desert Boxes”
By Mickey Ross
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Its such a pleasure to introduce this project as it’s not only a bloody good cause, it is a bloody CRAZY good opportunity to snap up affordable photographic art from some of our regions best!

A Bit More Soul began as a series of photographic retreats and over the years has come to represent a community of photographers, artists, poets and creative forces all bonded by their time spent together and being dedicated to nurturing, improving and mastering their passion.
I was lucky enough to attend and speak at their D’Urville Island retreat at the end of last year, and still, even now feel the positive effects of being included in the shared discussion, connection and feedback the group very regularly takes part in online.

So when one of their pivotal attendees and founding speakers suffered a personal tragedy just a few weeks ago, the group leapt into action! And the result is this AMAZING body of donated work made available to you at incredibly rare pricing. Most of these contributors are top of their respective photographic fields, they are professionals….but the work you see below is outside of “work”. Much of it is shot on film via personal projects, travels and just their own point of view!
This group includes some personal photographic heroes and respected friends of mine – I purchased my first piece within 2 minutes of getting the “we are live” email….and don’t think I am quite finished!

Take some time to browse the small selection I pulled below and click on through to explore the complete collection PLUS the sites of the contributing artists. Then decide if the small/large version will look best in your space. (That’s not really a question…bigger is always better!)

Get purchases done online before December 19 for Christmas delivery and YES Australians and beyond, you can get involved and own too!

Support local and support a family sideswiped so close to Christmas.
EXPLORE HERE. 

By Maree Wilkonson // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Orchid”
By Maree Wilkinson

By Sam Stewart // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz
“Alpine Lake Italy” 
By Sam Stewart

 By Rachael Brown // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Wild Horses” 
By Rachael Brown

By Niki Boon // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Dandelion”
By Niki Boon

By Si Moore // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Open” 
By Si Moore

By Candy Capco // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Santa Monica”
By Candy Capco

By Ruth Brown // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Obsession”
By Ruth Brown

By Steph Killip // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Swimmer”
by Steph Killip

By Jo Currie // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Glasshouse”
By Jo Currie

By Emma Willets// New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Galle Sri Lanka”
By Emma Willets

By Kate McPherson // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Cacti”
By Kate McPherson

By Steph Killip // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Sunset Surf”
By Steph Killip

By Emily Adamson // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Milford”
By Emily Adamson

By Steph Killip // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Vegus” 
By Steph Killip

By Cassie Sullivan // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Crash”
By Cassie Sullivan

By Brydie Thompson // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Grasp”
By Brydie Thompson

By Sam Stewart // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Lagodi Braies Italy”
By Sam Stewart
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