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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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.
By Maree Wilkinson
By Kate McPherson
By Steph Killip
By Cassie Sullivan
By Brydie Thompson
A Bit More Soul
Fine Art Fundraising Print Store
Shuh Lee dances along the line of installation artist/ jewellery designer/ textile designer/ fashion designe/, homeware designer with glee. To me there is always a recognisable softness to her work, in the lines and texture but in amazing balance to the quirky, poppy attitude it all seems to exude via print and colour!! Love it all!
Shuh has just released her new collection of bedlinen with some of that exact attitude.
You can explore the pillow cases and duvets/doona’s (talking to both sides of the Tasman here!) here online as well as her other goodies!
“Doodling and playing with colours is a big part of my art practice.This range contrasts my signature fun and colourful confetti print with a more subtle single-colour print.
The little dots, dashes and strokes resemble the moving thoughts of people in their daily lives. The double sided print says ‘Hello’ by celebrating the positive and colourful moments, and waves ‘Goodbye’ to the negative, embracing the silver lining in
every day life.”
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Australian brand; Sanctuary Studio is a new blip on my radar but I instantly recognised it as a beacon to the fun loving, “more is more” kids out there! (By kids I mean “you” – the one with magpie eyes for attitude, boldness and colour in your life!)
Created by mother/daughter duo Anne Cook and Simone Rennard in 2015, they have led with a desire to collaborate with artists to create bedlinen, homeware and accessories that stand out in the fact its not all uniform!
Their new summery offering called ‘Neon Drive’ is a punchy mix of Palm Springs vs Bondi beach with a 90’s vibe spread across lush beach towels, bags, sarongs and more.
Browse away here!
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We’ve touched based a few times with Willie Weston co-founders Jessica Booth and Laetitia Prunetti since they launched their business to work with Indigenous owned and operated art centres in remote communities across Australia and in turn; transform their work into modern, high quality textiles and product.
Using the Rosie Ngwarraye Morton’s Sugarbag Dreaming fabric design, they have combined forces with Australian design champion; Koskela to produce these beautiful limited edition bean bags.
Support some local down under design that spans from maker to producer by exploring online here.
Explore more of the Willie Weston world here.