Print Pairs – Art Prints and Interiors we love…

Our shelves and walls at endemicworld have welcomed loads of awesome new art prints lately. So here’s some of our favourite newbies, paired with the interiors we know they’d look amazing in…

Alisha Brunton art print and bedroom

A boho-style bedroom with minimal decorating is the perfect place for this Starve the Ego painterly art print.

contemporary design Inaluxe art print

Two awesome Australians – this designer Australian home is a party of colour and pattern, and so is our new Protea art print by across-the-Tasman artists Inaluxe.

pink living room and inaluxe art print

Pretty in pink! (and light grey, and pops of black).
This blush beauty is the new Soiree art print (shown here framed in white), also by Inaluxe.

interior and art print

Be still my beating heart – we love the serene style of this space, with it’s light blonde timber (big fans of the Wishbone chair!) and neutral decorating. We’d just love to see a little bit of colour peek through, though – and this new art print by NZ designer Bren Michelle. It’s colourful without being too loud, and the Scandi-style illustration teams in nicely with this Scandi space.

bird art print and interior

Don’t these two make the sweetest pair? We can just imagine the Sid art print sitting atop that gorgeous yellow vintage dresser.

bright dining room and art print

We love a personality-filled room that’s not afraid of colour, and the fresh flowers add another burst of it. This happy print by Inaluxe is a little like having a fresh flowers every week… on your wall!

 

 

Meet the Artists: Pete Cromer

Every now and then, an artist comes along that makes us stop whatever we’re doing to pen an email to them; asking them to join our print party over at endemicworld.  Australian illustrator and graphic designer Pete Cromer has that effect on us – his bright colour palettes, playful shapes and all-round abstract awesomeness just make us feel good. 

Pete Cromer and Bulmer

Pete and his best buddy, Bulmer

Pete Cromer art studio

A corner of Pete’s studio with one of his Black Cockatoo art prints.

Tell us a little about your artistic process?
It’s a bit all over the place, not going to lie. The idea always comes first. This is usually trapped in my brain until I let it out. From a technical point of view, I use stencils, spongers and cut paper. (The sponge is the texture king, it does wonders). Sometimes I do a whole piece or sometimes I do bits and cut and paste them together. Whatever gets me to the end result I guess. Once done and all scanned in, I do like to clean things up with my computer and bump up the colour too.

Pete Cromer work in progress

Pete’s painted works start with stencils and sponges…

What have been some of the best projects/highlights of your career to date?
Easily the collaboration “Enemies Yay” with Laura Blythman. We have worked together in the past for companies, but this project really let us explode in our style and love of colour and happy things.

Pete Cromer art prints

Pete’s inspo board is an artwork in itself!

What are you working on right now?

I’m working a few different projects. I like to juggle, that’s for sure. I am making a new range of work “future princesses” from paper. These are quite large colour and shape based art. I am hoping to release a series of original artworks and prints in around a months time. Fingers and toes. Also, I am making little rock sculptures called “Druids”. These guys have been in my head for years, so I’m glad they are finally coming out, they will launch soon too. That said my “to do” list is ever growing, which is a bloody good thing.

Pete Cromer pet rocks

Pete’s new ‘Druids’

Pete Cromer Artwork

We love Pete’s new paper artworks – this one is Princess Hana, she’s a work in progress from a new ‘future princesses’ series.

Fave music to create by?
This changes daily! Robyn’s Body Talk Pt3 has been on high rotation forever it seems. Peter Gabriel, Grimes, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Kendrick Lamar seem to get me in the swing of things the best. As I tend to mix it up a lot tomorrow it will be someone else, probably Taylor Swift :)

Pete Cromer framed prints

Pete says of these little illustrations: “These are stories that have happened to me in life; like little memories. These are scattered around my house.”

Favourite artist at the moment?
Hands down Mr Todd James. He currently has a show in Hong Kong called “Afternoon Delight”. His use of colour and shape give me heart palpitations. It’s such beautiful and awesome art. One day I will own one of his pieces. One day. #mancrush #yum

We love a good recommendation – tell us about something we should know about..
I would totally recommend crosswords. I find it the best way to calm my ever-thinking brain. It’s the best way to shut off. That or a champari (champagne mixed with Campari).

Pete Cromer art prints framed

Four of the Pete Cromer art prints available over at endemicworld – clockwise from top left:  Battles, Corals, Man o War, Whale

 

 

 

OE/14 wrap up

Here’s a few snaps of the recent group exhibition OE/14 we had in our studio space. Thanks to all who came along on the opening night, thanks to the artists for putting in the long nights painting murals and to Karma Cola for some tasty beverages.

Mural by Beck Wheeler

Mural and photogtaphic prints by Cinzah

Sculptors and lasercuts by Beck Wheeler

Installation by Gary Silipa

Mural and original  paintings by Sean Duffell

Mural by Thijs de Koning

Sketch Book, Photographs and Zine by Sean Dufell and Thijs Koning.

Space Beam Art Prints by Gary Silipa & Mini Character Prints by Beck Wheeler

Mural & Prints by Gary Silipa

Artist bios & travel stories

 

 

Meet the Artists: Alisha Brunton

Young New Zealand artist Alisha Brunton is one to watch. Her works include beautiful illustrations of wild animals adorned with intricate patterns, through to dappled, feminine watercolour text, all in lovely soft colour palettes. We especially love Alisha’s watercolour typographic art prints and their uplifting, positive messages. We caught up with Alisha to find out a little more about what makes her tick, and what’s keeping her busy…

Alisha Brunton

Alisha with her artwork for new illustrated guide to Auckland, The Auckland Book

You’re only a recent graduate, but you’ve already clocked up work doing commissioned illustrations for a number of NZ brands – can you tell us about a few of these projects?
The first project I did, in my final year of study, was a mural for Starship Children’s hospital. I worked with another girl, Andrea, and the mural was based on what the kids at Starship said they would like to invent. We basically ended up making the room look like the inside of a time machine, and through the windows you could see lots of imaginary flying animals. That project was really rewarding because the kids were so excited about it, and they came up with so many creative ideas!

I also worked on The Auckland Book, which has just been released. It’s a really playful, illustrated guide to Auckland. I loved working on that project because the illustrators were given so much creative freedom, and I got to visit cool places in Auckland to do research!

Possibly my favourite project so far has been working on a huge storefront piece for Lululemon in Takapuna. They wanted a big map of the North Shore, with all their partner studios on it, to honour their community. Being a yogi, I’m a Lululemon addict, and I love the values and culture upheld by the company. So this was pretty much a dream commission for me! I got to play with watercolours, bright colours and I drew lots of decorative patterns based on things from nature – pretty much all my favourite things to create!

Alisha working on a mural for Starship Hospital 

What are you working on at the moment?
I work full time as a Graphic Designer at the moment, so illustrating only happens on the weekends, or when I can squeeze it into my lunch break! I’m working on a few private commissions like logos, portraits and custom typographic prints. I also spending a lot of time feeding my growing addiction for brush typography. I’ve just released a small range of typographic prints, and I’m working on a few more. They’re all inspired by my love of yoga, and the belief that we all have the potential to live our dreams, we just have to believe we can do it. I hope that having some positive words on the wall can help remind people of this!

Alisha-Brunton-prints

A few of Alisha’s newest typographic works as art prints; a work-in-progress with gold paint (love!)


Which NZ artists (of any discipline) do you most look up to? (or, tell us about a person who inspires you)
Oh, there are so many! I love Kelly Thompson’s work, and have done since before I knew I wanted to be an illustrator. Her work is just beautiful. I also shamelessly stalk Sally Shand (Ragdoll Illustration) and Erica Harrison (Supercrafti) on social media. I think part of me secretly wishes I knew more about screen printing!

What/s on the walls of your studio/creative space/home currently?
My two prized artworks are an art print by Sandra Dieckmann (one of my favourite international illustrators) and my Peacock screen print by Erica Harrison. I fell in love with it at first sight (I think endemicworld may even still have a few… endemicworld note: yes, we sure do!)

My studio walls are covered in all kinds of things – polaroids, work my by classmates, a world map and even some prayer flags given to me when I was traveling. If I like it, it goes on the wall!

Alisha

A peek at Alisha’s lovely little creative space

Besides art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
Yoga! I absolutely love it, and I practice every single day without fail. It quiets my mind and challenges my body. I love that it’s not just a from of exercise, but a way of life. I’ve also found that you always meet the most lovely, open hearted people in yoga studios.

I also have a serious case of wanderlust, and have done since I was little. I’ll be taking my work on the road with me at the end of the year, to Japan, India and then to Europe. I can’t wait! It’s going to be be an inspiration overload. I love that I can work from anywhere in the world.

Finally, what words of advice do you have to anyone looking to make art their career?
The best advice I ever got was just to persevere. Keep making work and putting it out there, it takes a while to build up that first bit of momentum. This is something I still have to remind myself of every day.

The second best was to use your spare time to create the kind of work that you would like people to pay you for. I love typography so I do a lot of it in my spare time. People see that, and now i’m starting to get commissions for the same kind of work.

Lots of people will try to take advantage of the fact that you’ve just graduated by asking you to do work for free. By saying yes, you end up devaluing your own work as well as others in your industry. A job might only take a few hours, but you’ve worked for years to get your skills to where they are, and that’s worth as much as any other service. The exception to that is internships – they are a great way to learn and meet like-minded people.

Alisha Brunton art prints

Shop Alisha Brunton art prints here

 

OE/14 Group Exhibition

Join us and six incredibly talented artists as they take us visually and verbally through recent travels in 2014. Murals, photographs, stories and good times. So join us this Thursday from 6pm in our basement space!

Check out progress shots on our instaG.

Join the Faceboook Event Page

 

 

Ice Cream Dreams

Inspired by Greg Straight’s new Lazy Sundae art print, we’ve scooped up some of the yummiest examples of the current trend for pastel and candy colours in interior design…

ice cream dreams

Clockwise from top left:

 Lazy Sundae art print – available framed or unframed, in sizes from A4 up to A2. Part of NZ illustrator Greg Straight’s newest Gone Troppo range of art prints.

 Sweet ceramic hanging planter, in pastel yellow (also comes in pastel pink and mint), from Iko Iko.

We love candy stripes! Mint-green cushion, from Freedom Furniture.

 Pink Triangles throw (printed by hand!), by designer and maker Caroline Hurley.

 Loving the soft pink of this dipped ceramic vase, available from LET LIV.

 Blonde timber loves pastel colours! This Spoke table in soft blue is from Freedom Furniture.

 Geometric faceted Bowls in neon pink, pastel pink and grey (love those colours together), from Good Regards.

 Stacking candy-coloured mug set, with a retro graphic design… my morning coffee needs one of these! From Iko Iko.

  NZ interior designer LeeAnn Yare’s bedding range includes this pastel-and-brights Carnival design (pillowcase pictured here, duvet cover also available). Get it from Collected.

 

Auckland Home Show – 2014 – ASB Show Grounds

We are at the Auckland Home Show ! It starts today and runs until Sunday. Open 10am-7pm. Come and visit our stand (#202) and you’ll find…

- Lots of cool new art prints to browse in the real.
- Free posters!
- Free shipping on all orders placed at the show.
- Your chance to win a $1000 styling and art package
- Friendly peeps who want to talk to you about your fav artists!
- Chocolate : -)

Visit the Home Show Website for more details.

 

Print Pairs!

More awesome match-ups…  stylish spaces, with the art prints we’d like to see in them!

Swiden framed art print and bedroom

A limited edition art print from Swiden will bring any babe’n bedroom to life! These two are a match made in Scandi heaven, with the grey, yellow, black and coral all tying in together.

bach and art print

A classic Kiwi bach art print for a classic Kiwi bach. Of course, if you’re not lucky enough to have a bach, you could always hang it on the wall at home, as a reminder of long lazy sumer days…

black and white art print and dining room

Black and white is always right! We love the look of bold black chairs in a white dining space. And this monochrome Viva art print would look really striking on the wall here. It’s available unframed, or in a black or white frame.

icecream kids art print and kids bedroom

This little girl is obviously an icecream lover (how cute are the cushion and night light?!) – so what could be sweeter for her little bedroom than this new Lazy Sundae art print by NZ designer Greg Straight! Yay, sprinkles!

framed art prints and bedroom

Warm neutral tones and soft natural textures combine to create the most relaxed room. The sweet little illustrated Doe art print would look really pretty above the bed here – with a black frame to tie in with the side table.

pastel bedroom and bird art print

It’s not just little girls who love pink… the whole interior design world has a BIG candy crush at the moment. Bring pastels into your space with easily updateable items like bed linen. Our popular Percy circle art print would look so good above the bed here.