Meet the Artists: Amy Wybrow

As a painter crafts scenes with brushes and oils, fine art photographer Amy Wybrow wields light and colour, immortalising their dance in her lens. Her debut series of photographic art prints capture lush plant life, in a style that gives contemporary voice to the Victorian-era art of botanic illustration.



Amy’s photographic art print series, available framed or unframed in a range of sizes, at endemicworld.

Tell us a bit more about your art print series – where (and how) were the photographs taken, what inspired you to turn these into art prints, and are there more botanic prints in the series still to come?
This collection of art prints is inspired by early botanical illustrations and photographic documentation of the natural world. Flora Conspicua by Richard Morris documents the history of a range of plants, detailing their medicinal uses, growth patterns and native origins. It is from this 1800’s work that I draw inspiration for my latest series of prints of curated flora and fauna, combining this with influences from early botanical illustrations and spending time in my grandmothers’ gardens as a child.

The photography series began with an interest in glass houses, beginning at the heritage-listed Cunningham House in Christchurch Botanical Gardens. I found that the architectural structure of glass houses created a structured contrast to the botanical subjects, the glass providing a muted colour palette and filtered lighting.
There are some further prints to come in this series and will be a matter of spending time on post production.

How would you describe your aesthetic, in 4 words?
Intimate, tranquil, sombre & sentimental.



Amy photographing and exploring Christchurch’s spectacular Botanical Gardens

Is photography your full-time job, or if not – what is your ‘day job’?
Yes and no, I’m a Photography Teacher by day at secondary level so I am teaching Photography, and using my weekend time for my own work.

In terms of creative projects/new work, what are you working on right now?
I am working on a series of photographs which will be titled – Structure in Nature. This will look at the delicate symmetry of plants and will also be a play on the theme of plants being housed within a man-made structure. As a glass house is an ever-changing world and always evolving, I expect to keep drawing inspiration from these places.




Amy at work in her light-drenched home studio


Tell us about a few creatives (from NZ or international) you are personally inspired by?
I have recently discovered the work of Botanical Photographer Daniel Shipp, from Melbourne. I draw inspiration from well known NZ photographers Di ffrench, and Wayne Barrar. One of my favourite photographers would have to be Fiona Pardington for her distinctive portrayal of the natural world.

What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
A dream project for me would be travelling to places like San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew London to collect images and develop ideas.


Styling and photographing her framed print – Flora Conspicua No.1 – in her home studio space 

Your prints make our walls look good. What’s on your walls at home?
We have a very diverse collection of works, ranging from dark moody Jason Greig prints to beautifully executed floral paintings by Mary Mulholland. I have a collection of Di ffrench photographs that I was lucky enough to work on with her and some Peter Cleverley works on paper. My husband paints and my son photographs a bit, so there is always plenty around.


Amy’s photographs bring the freshness and femininity of lush botanics into any space (pictured: Something Forgotten framed print)

Shop Amy Wybrow photographic prints here – with free NZ shipping until 30 November


Meet the Artists: Lisa Baudry

Lisa Baudry is an Auckland-based creative who, after many years as a successful graphic designer and design studio director, has rediscovered her love and talent for tactile creation. She now works out of her own amazing backyard studio cottage, exploring and developing her style through painting and stencilling, and turning her folk-style art into stylish art prints. 



Can you tell us a little bit about your process – from concept to the finished print?
For most projects I’ll collect images to create a concept board. I am always pinning to Pinterest or saving on my computer so I have a big image bank of stuff I find inspiring in look and feel.

From there I may make a list of things I want to draw/paint. I have my laptop set up in front of me and usually get my reference straight from the internet using google images. I paint/draw everything as icons that can be scanned into the computer.

This is where my music comes in. It takes a while to get into flow when painting and I need to paint for quite a long time to get familiar with the subject matter. I have to get quite lost in it to paint well. Eventually I’ll have elements that I think I can use. I scan the stuff I like and then play around in Adobe Photoshop to compose an image, or trace/re-draw elements in Illustrator then adjust colours until I’m happy with it. The composing on the computer can take a long time for me!

I like the look of hand-painted work but the flexibility to edit on my mac.



Scenes from Lisa’s studio – creating painterly elements for a new artwork 

What are you working on at the moment?
I took an online course last year to develop my artwork, there were ten assignments altogether which lasted a week each. I am part of an online group who are re-working their assignments at their own pace, with another year of growth we are seeing if we can improve our work. The one I’m re-doing at the moment is a cover illustration for the Aesop Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare.

What has been your most exciting/inspiring/rewarding creative project to date?
One of my projects this year was to paint directly onto a cross-section of wood. I had to design something that worked for a circular format. I looked at a lot of chinoiserie plates (willow pattern). I love the ultramarine blue, but I wanted to create something that had local imagery. I had been up at Bastion Point for Waitangi Day and out in the Waitemata Harbour that summer sailing so those experiences were woven into the design. What I painted for that assignment became the background for the Kaimoana art prints that I now have at Endemicworld.


Two of four from Lisa’s Kaimoana series of art prints

Beside art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
Sew. I love to make things with my hands, and sewing is something I learnt as a child that I always loved doing. When I had my daughter, five years ago I started sewing again. I use vintage patterns mostly but have just started learning pattern drafting which is really interesting for me.

Getting outside to explore and roam either at the coast or in the bush. Camping and cooking on fires outside in summer is a love. Probably my idea of fun is to light a fire, sit around, sing and tell stories. I think I belong to another time sometimes.



Two of Lisa’s sweet little sewn creations

What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
I have lots! Wallpaper! Textiles! Ceramics! Collab with an established design houses. My own exhibition.
Food illustrations for a recipe book that celebrates home-cooking from scratch or outdoor cooking in the wild.

When are you at your most creative?
When I’m well rested.

I’m learning how valuable time away from the work is, probably equally as important as time working on it. I need fresh eyes and a fresh mind to see what I’m doing. It’s been a long journey to learn the importance of self-care as an artistic person. Getting enough sleep, getting outside, having a good routine and staying positive are some of the self-care stuff I have to keep coming back to.


Lisa is lucky enough to now have her own studio, recently built  in her backyard. Inspired by NZ’s iconic back country camping huts, it features recycled windows and doors and has wooden floors and whitewash walls inside.

What’s one thing you couldn’t do without when you’re creating?

Creatives give the best recommendations: Tell us about a good movie to see, a book to read, a website to check out, somewhere we should visit…
It’s not a recent one, but the wonderful Bright Star by Jane Campion. Poetry, Love, Sewing. Unbelievably beautiful and moving story of John Keats and Fanny Brawn.

Last year I churned my way through so many books on food and diet. The ones that stood out were Michael Pollan’s. He’s a US food intellectual who speaks powerfully about eating what he calls ‘real food”, the stuff that you’ve cooked yourself from scratch, respecting food traditions and avoiding scientific reductionism in regards to what we eat. In Defence of Food and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation are amazing reads.

This Ivy House  is a beautifully curated site which the creator describes as: “A haven for faded beauty, artful neglect & stylish dilapidation.”

Somewhere to visit: The Antique Textile Fair. I go every year – it’s a buzz.


Lisa’s latest series of folk-style kitchen art prints are inspired by her love and respect for good wholesome food.
Both designs are available in two colourways (we love that!)

Explore all Lisa Baudry art prints at endemicworld




Photography by Vernon Rive and Lisa Baudry




‘Found’ Exhibition by Component

The exhibition opening of ‘Found’ by Component at endemicworld was a huge success, and we celebrated a big crowd. We scored perfect weather and delicious cocktails to accompany the quality art.

Cheers to Component, our legendary sponsors Rogue Society gin, and all the fans and family for their support. Check out the happy snaps below for a recap…

Sparrow aka. Component at Found exhibition

Oma Rapeti at Found exhibition by Component

Same Boat by Component at Found Exhibition

Tina Re Work at Found exhibition by Component

Life's a Lottery by Component at Found exhibition

Large artworks by Component at found exhibition

Rogue Society gin cocktails

Gin cocktail by Rogue Society

Component at Found exhibition Endemicworld

Crowd at Found exhibition by Component

Kids lover lollies at FOund exhibtion endemicworld

Best mates at endemicworld

Crowd outside of endemicworld Found exhibition

To check out more of Component’s work, you can visit us online or in store at 62 Ponsonby Road, Auckland. Exhibiting until November 5th 2015.


Endemicworld X Mocka Giveaway!

We’ve been a fan of Mocka’s stylish and nifty furniture pieces for a while now, and when the chance to collaborate on a giveaway came up we jumped on it!

Head over to the Mocka website to enter the New Zealand and Australian competitions to WIN a $150 endemicworld voucher.

Check out the awesome co-lab shots below, too. Styled by Places and Graces, photography by Jenna Smith Photo for endemicworld.

Mock X Endemicworld Styled Clothes rack and art

Left: Something Forgotten art print by Amy Wybrow Right: Black X art print by Duett Design

Mocka x Endemicworld side table styled

Left: Wonder Woman aerosol print by Component, Centre: Blue Scooter art print by Pencil and Hammer, Right: Coke Truck art print by Jack Alexander

Mocka X Endemicworld Baskets styled

Left: Dream Seek Create art print by Alisha Brunton, Right: Lavender art print by Laura O’Connor


Meet the Artists: Keryn Sweeney, Photographer

From the age of just six, Keryn Sweeney has loved taking photos. She’s a collector of moments, be they precious family moments (in her full-time business as a wedding and family portrait photographer) or moments from her own life, captured in catalogues of photographs of friends and travel experiences. A few years ago, Keryn also began capturing special scenes – both found and styled – for reproduction as art prints. 


Keryn beginning work on a floral series (in her studio)

Tell us about yourself – your background in photography, your day job, etc…
I have two sister companies. One being CAPTURED by Keryn which focuses on weddings, editorial and Fine Art prints the other is CAPTURED by Keryn KIDS which is my family photography side of things. I love them both, I approach photography the same way for each – just the moments are different. I have a candid documentary style when it comes to people.

I was gifted first camera when I was around six, and got right into it from around intermediate age. I have an endless amount of glorious photos of my friends posing for me and trees, lots of trees. I decided when I was fourteen I would become a photographer and only really started taking photos I would show people once I started photography classes in 6th form. I studied photography in Dunedin and have been a full time photographer for 10 yrs now.



As well as having a small workspace inside her home (top), Keryn has a standalone, contemporary studio at the front of her property.

What do you shoot on?
My go-to is my Canon 5d mark 111, but I recently inherited some cameras my great Grandad took to WW1 so have just got them restored for upcoming personal projects.

Keryn’s trusty Canon, and inherited cameras from her beloved Grandad 

What’s your favourite thing to capture on film?
I would have to say travel, there is nothing I love more than walking around the streets taking photos. Chatting to new people ( I’m quite chatty) and taking their photographs. I have had a few experiences where I meet people in my passing and gone on a little photoshoot with them, neither of us understanding each others language but everyone knows the universal sign for can I take your photo. It’s always a really beautiful experience.


Keryn is inspired by travel – this documentary-style snap was taken in Bali, during a morning walk 

What are some of the fave things you have on your own walls at home?
Probably the stencil art my little brother made for me.



Keryn’s work in her own home (how good do they look grouped like that!)


One of Keryn’s framed art prints in her niece’s bedroom

What would be a dream project/collab you’d love to do?
Ha, anything to do with travel. I’ve been pretty obsessed with the idea of a Route 66 shoot for a while. I’m also wanting to branch out into more editoral work.

Tell us about a few creatives you are personally inspired by?
I have been a long time fan of the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton and Mario Testino. We have a ridiculous amount of talent here in NZ though, photographers Danelle Bohane and James K Lowe are producing incredible work.




A sneak peek at Keryn’s newest series of moody, fine art photographic prints -
titled (from top) Morning, Ranunculus Focus, and Red Anemone. This series coming soon to Endemicworld…


Two of Keryn’s photographic prints shot in the stunning New Zealand landscape, available at endemicworld

Check out the full range of Keryn Sweeney photographic prints here



Probably Forever: An Exhibition by Illustrator Toby Morris

‘Probably Forever’ exhibition by Toby Morris was a huge success! We ‘probably’ had the most diverse age group to attend an endemicworld exhibition. Thank you sooo much to Toby and fans who attended to eat, drink and enjoy some incredible art.

Probably Forever artwork on board by Toby Morris

Toby Morris portrait at Probably Forever

Toby Morris Paper bag wall Probably Forever

Toby Morris paper bag wall Probably forever

Crowd at Probably Forever by Toby Morris

Framed prints by Toby Morris

Dirty Ciggies 'Forever' pack by Toby Morris

Bart Man Dirty Ciggie pack by Toby Morris

Bones Brigade Dirty ciggie pack by Toby Morris

Crowd at Probably Forever exhibition

Crowd at Probably Forever exhibition

Limited edition prints featured at ‘Probably forever’ are available online at endemicworld, or in store at 62 Ponsonby Road.

PS. Keep an eye out for some more new work by Toby coming soon…


Marble art prints by Wild Wagon

Cristina Viscu of Wild Wagon has stolen our hearts again with the ‘Wave Study’ series. We got busy framing some A1′s in our endemicworld raw oak frames to hang in store, and had a bit of fun styling them too. This marble pattern is ridiculously trendy right now, and something cool and serene to bring you into the summer months.

Cheers again to Bioattic for lending us some amazing plants!


Wave Study #1 by Wild Wagon

Wave Study #1 art print by Wild Wagon

Wave Study #6 by Wild Wagon

Wave Study #6 art print by Wild Wagon

Wave Study #8 art print by Wild Wagon

Wave Study #8 art print by Wild Wagon close up

Wave Study #8 art print by Wild Wagon

To check out more art, you can visit us online or in store at 62 Ponsonby Road.


Meet the Artists: Makus Art

Raised in a family of artists, days spent at the skatepark with her brothers, it’s no surprise that NZ’s Justina Maku Bisset – or Maku, as she’s known by her friends – would grow up to be a visual artist, inspired by and working within skate and surf culture in her craft. Maku now lives in Melbourne, and illustrates for some of the world’s best fashion and lifestyle brands, as well as producing her own works for exhibitions and art prints.
This interview has some real gems for the budding creative… read on!

The gorgeous Maku (Justina Bisset) in her home studio

You live in Melbourne and design and illustrate for fashion brands – what was the journey to this point for you?
I have never done any formal art training, when I left school, I got straight into teaching but I was always drawing and painting on the side. I was lucky enough to have some friends in the skate/snow industry who saw potential in my work. They encouraged me to start putting myself out there and put my work onto social media. Within the first month of starting my instagram account and only 100 followers I was approached by Rusty who wanted to use one of my pieces. This not only gave me street cred, but it gave me the confidence boost I needed to take my work seriously.

What are you working on right now?
I have just come back from a hugely successful solo show which I was lucky enough to host in New Zealand. I am straight back into work getting designs ready for a super exciting project. Unfortunately I am not allowed to disclose who it is for at the moment but think snow, skate, travel gear!


Working on summer-vibe illos for an upcoming project



Maku at one of her recent exhibitions

What has been your most exciting/inspiring project to date?
I have been able to work for amazing brands, but think one of my favourite projects was the mural I did for a store owned by my good friends in Melbourne. The store was opened to give back to the homeless community in Melbourne, for each item sold, an item of clothing is donated to someone experiencing homelessness. These guys do so much for the homeless community and I felt really privileged to be able to put my work up in a place that’s got such a good purpose behind it.

What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
The tomboy street art side of me would LOVE to collab with huffer. To design a skateboard would be ultimate. The feminine girly side of me is dying to create a fabric for a whole fashion line… some ethereal watercolour billowing fabrics for Ted Baker.


Alot of Maku’s work juxtaposes edgy with feminine, like this work in progress



The walls of Maku’s Melbourne home are dotted with prints and other artworks

What words of advice would you give to someone wanting to make art their career?
Find yourself first! Make sure even your subconscious is you. This is what changed things for me, when I knew with every bone in my body that my art was me, all of me and I wasn’t trying to be like anyone else.

What’s one thing you couldn’t do without when you’re creating?
Wine! or if its not quite 5pm then some good music will do.

Creatives give the best recommendations: Tell us about a good movie to see, a book to read, a website to check out, a place to visit… For any of you ladies who have not introduced yourselves to the amazing man who is Dylan Rieder, I suggest you watch This is Dylan Rieder, it’s only 10minutes long but you won’t regret it. My favourite movie would be The Royal Tenenbaums. Anything Wes Anderson is gold.


Watercolours and geometry are hallmarks of Maku’s style


Framed art prints from a recent series of six new blue-hued works – Deep and Wave


Shop all Makus Art art prints here