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!

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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!

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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.

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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…

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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.

 

Gifts for a Rad Dad

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve got a flagon-crate-full of art prints for every Kiwi dad!
Need some ideas? Sweet as! That’s what we’re here for…

Fishing NZ art prints

For a Keen Fisherman

Snapper-snagging, kahawai-katching Dads will definitely dig one of these art prints – clockwise from top left:  The One That Got Away framed art print,  Fish Species of New Zealand illustrated art print  (like the quintessential Kiwi Fish & Chip Shop posters!), Two Snapper print by Greg Straight, A Good Day’s Fishing art print. We also have loads of other fishing and boating art prints over at endemicworld.

Coffee NZ art prints

For Grumpy-until-he-gets-his-morning-brew Dads

Hard Man art print by Glenn Jones, Coffee print (printed by hand using an antique letterpress) by Erin Fae.

Framed NZ art prints

For Toes on The Nose Dads

One More Wave art print by Glenn Jones, Swim Between The Flags art print by fellow NZ surfer-dad Greg Straight.

NZ music art prints posters

For Music Loving Dads

Clockwise from top left: Hello Sailor poster print (one of a collection of famous NZ gig posters, reimagined in a modern art style), Queeny Blue by NZ artist Component (limited edition of only 20, signed and numbered by the artist), Fly My Pretties and Shihad photographic prints, from the NZ concert series by Pat Shepherd. We also have loads more music-themed art prints over at endemicworld!

Fathers Day NZ art prints

For DIY Kiwi Blokes

For a get-stuck-in, do-it-your-blimmin’-self type – clockwise from top left:  Tough Stuff art printHousehold Name art printClever Little Bastard art print, Bushcraft art print.

Nautical NZ art prints

Because He’s Your Anchor

He keeps you grounded, keeps you safe.  Thank dad for being your anchor with the Nautical Man art print by 326, or the Compass art print, by NZ artist Felix Bowker. Dad’s rule.

 

New Endemic Artist – Timea Sivertsen

A massive, stoked W E L C O M E to our newest New Zealand artist, Timea Sivertsen!

Under her nickname, Timi, this talented illustrator has launched a range of character-filled, colourful kids’ art prints over on endemicworld. Originally from Hungary, Timea studied design in sunny Florida before moving to Auckland. We’re happy to have you here, Timea!

Explaining the inspiration behind her range of kids’ art prints, Timea says: “My daughter is my life, and design is my passion… so it only makes sense to combine the two. I’m fascinated watching children respond to pictures and stories, so I surround myself with the things I love in my studio, from my daughter’s drawings to photographs, home made cupcakes and items I’ve found from nature walks…”

We think you’ll love Timea’s clean, contemporary style as much as we do!

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Art Print on Wall

Timea in her stylish little studio nook; tools of the trade; one of her Timi art prints on the wall.

Timi Kids Art Prints

Childrens Art Prints NZ

Shop the bold, bright Timi art prints for kids at endemicworld!

 

 

 

Interior Inspiration – Swiden and Sweden

This week, we’re feeling super inspired by the brand new art prints that have arrived from Sweden-born artist Swiden. We’re huge fans of her candy-coloured, abstract artworks, and of the interior style of her country of birth. So for the love of all things Scandinavian, we went hunting for some of the best Scandi-style interiors (and walls where we’d love to see Swiden art prints hanging!)

dining room

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Love those hanging pendant lights in our current colour crush – candy pink! And we WANT those mint green vintage chairs at our place!
Also, polished white concrete floors? Yes please!

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Lots of iconic Scandinavian design in this little space – including the Tulip table (designed in the 50′s by Eero Saarinen for furniture brand Knoll), that statement Louis Poulsen-style light, and those gorgeous blonde timber chairs by modern design brand Muuto.

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The Scandi-look is famous for white, white and more white! Like this gorgeous little dining nook. (We love a nook!) The mis-matched chairs add some personality, and keep the look from being too minimal and austere. We’d also love to see a Swiden art print on that wall, to give this space a little burst of modern colour amongst all the white!

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A Scandi-style interior doesn’t have to mean super clean and white – there’s also the moodier look that’s popular in the long Winters. Think black furniture, lots of deep and soft grey, and plenty of natural texture with accents like wool, wood and hides. We think this space would look awesome with a little pop of colour in the form of one of our Swiden art prints (with a bold black frame.)

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This stylish Scandi space shows off the latest on-trend colour palette: soft neutrals with pastels. Keep the ‘canvas’ clean and simple, then decorate with modern, candy-coloured textiles and homeware.

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There’s sooo much to love in this cool kitchen – the herringbone kitchen tiles (adore!), the vintage ladder used as a towel rack,  that massive industrial light…

 

 

Swiden Art Prints

Shop all contemporary cool art prints from Swiden here!