Artist Profile: Laura Blythman

Australian designer, illustrator and creative director Laura Blythman is renowned for her colourful, hand-drawn  illustrations and lettering. She is so good that her skills are much sought after and she has worked with large companies such as Cotton On kids, Zoo York, Typo and T2 teas.

I love her quirky characters, bright use of colour, interesting typography and that she often includes glitter in her works! Her prints would add a pop of colour to any home and would look especially good in a child’s room.

Follow this link to check out all her gorgeous prints, cards and posters.

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All images courtesy of Laura Blythman

Nursery Art

I love sourcing art works for our home and the nursery has been no exception. There are so many amazing prints available via online stores and with Etsy ordering original art from around the world has never been easier.

I have started the beginnings of a gallery wall and am loving the simplicity and practicality of using washi tape to adhere the art works to the wall. It makes it so easy to move them around and play with the layout.

My go-to artist to begin this wall was New Zealander Bayley Collins of Birdinabunnysuit fame. Combining her love of illustration and collage, Bayley creates whimsical images of dressed up animals, hence the title of her business!

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I then spent a ridiculous amount of time perusing Etsy and discovered New Zealand store Toodles Noodles. They have a wide variety of items emblazoned with cute images and typography, I particularly liked the flags and thought one would look great hanging on Axel’s wardrobe door.

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And so continues my hunt for further art to add to the gallery wall – if anyone knows of any great artists specialising in prints please share!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone x

 

Flox

Super excited to get our Flox prints up this weekend! Hubby did a great job measuring up the spaces under no pressure from me (yeah right!) and I am really pleased with the results.

Flox (Hayley King) is a former fine artist with a major in painting who was inspired by the arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century. She has carried on this tradition by creating detailed hand-cut stencils (a process that takes around 12 hours) and uses authentic screen-printing techniques.

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Her trademark, native birds, can be found around the city of Auckland gracing many a grey wall with a riot of colour. If you park in the Britomart public car park her work is detailed on each level of the building, featuring a different New Zealand bird and its associated fauna.

I love that she brings a delicate hand to an art form that is synonymous with bold strokes and is often associated with males.

Flox at our place…

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The large (Unframed: 450mm x 700mm) black and white, signed, limited edition print we had framed at Eco Framers here in Christchurch and they did an amazing job. They float mounted it to show off the raw ripped edges at the top and bottom. It now features in our second guest room and I LOVE it! It’s large, beautiful and commands your view. Similar available here.

The smaller piece was a bargain find at The General Store here in Christchurch.  It is a reproduction, so we picked up this frame from Nood and framed it ourselves. It now brightens a corner in our other guest bedroom and I would love to get a second something to put directly underneath it. Will be heading back to Nood to grab another frame I think!

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To purchase a piece of Flox’s amazing work visit endemicworld.com

Flamingo Fling!

The Flamingo is making it’s way into houses around the world via beautiful homeware products emblazoned with images of this elegant bird. Here are a few of my favorites that you could use to add a bit of pink passion to your home.

Clockwise from left to right. 1. Sophie Rolfsdotter Print, etsy 2. Flamingo Number 1 Print, The animal Print Shop 3.

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1. Sofie Rolfsdotter Print, Etsy 2. Flamingo No 1 Print, The Animal Print Shop 3. Decorative Vintage Flamingo Side Plate, Lourota.com 4. Bird Galapagos Matches, IkoIko 5. Pink Flamingo Napkin Ring by Rice Danish Homewares at Attic Lifestyle

I’m thinking that two of these lovely ladies from IkoIko might make a fun addition to our garden?

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Evie Kemp

Evie Kemp is a very talented NZ illustrator who creates bright, funky products that provide maximum visual impact to any interior. Her range includes ethically manufactured clothing, prints, cards and cushions that incorporate her love of color and animals with character.

Image courtesy of eviekemp.com

I wanted something to brighten our entrance hall which is dark stained wood so Evie’s Macaw and Cockatiel prints were a perfect option. I love how our guests are greeted by such fun artworks! I now need to continue to work on building the decorative vignette that adorns our hall table beneath these fabulous prints.

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Head on over to Evie’s website and check out her gorgeous wares… I’m tempted by a hot pink cushion cover…