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Meet the Artists – James Showler of W&AP

Full-time artist and designer James Showler is originally from England but now calls Auckland home. His bold, hand-drawn style is influenced by music, urban culture and a love of type, amongst other things. Not only does he have an impressive body of commissioned and commercial work (which you can check out on his website here), he’s recently launched a range of art prints through endemicworld under the brand name W&AP (Wing and a Prayer).

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Is design/art a full-time job for you now, or if not – what is your ‘day job’?
Yes it is my full time job, I have wanted to do it for a long time. I remember at school back in England, they asked me what I wanted to do for a living. I told them I wanted to do something related to art or drawing for a living.

What are you working on right now?
I have just finished a commission which has taken up a lot of my spare time recently so I am looking forward to starting on some new personal art projects. I have lots of ideas so I really want to start exploring some of them.

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Can you tell us a little bit about your process – from inspiration to final piece?
I often just write things on my hand or on my phone when I see something interesting or strange, even if it is just an observation. I have notebook with lots of random thoughts written down which I often refer to. If I really like an idea I will not be able to stop thinking about it so it becomes really fun to explore it further. I reckon only about 5% of things I write down make it this far but it is immensely satisfying to see something finished and framed.

Tell us about your creative space/office – what’s in it, what things you do love to have around you as you create?
I don’t really like to sit in a specific space to work on stuff. I have tried many times to create a designated space but it always feels unnatural and I find myself just staring into space and getting easily distracted. I find it easier just to create when I am in the mood, wherever I am. As long as I have my laptop and a pen and paper I can work anywhere initially.

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Beside art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
I love to go to as many different places as much as I can with unfamiliar surroundings. As long as I am close to the ocean I am pretty happy.

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What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
I love music, so anything links art and music is a dream project. I recently worked with an amazing band called Whistlejacket and helped create a crest for their band. They are four really creative guys so it was very satisfying to see something I had helped create, associated so closely with their music.

Another great collaboration project I was recently part of was helping create the look and feel for ‘Better Burger’ in Auckland. For me they were both great examples of how good it is to collaborate with really creative people.

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NZ Band Whistlejacket; close up of the Better Burger wrapper – Better Burger’s logo and art direction was created by James


What words of advice would you give to someone wanting to make their talent into a career?
I don’t think I am really qualified to advise other people, but I do think that the sooner you stop worrying about what everyone else thinks of your work and do what you think, the sooner you can develop your own style and focus more of what you want to do.

When are you at your most creative?
It’s definitely when I’m not trying to be. I think it is important sometimes just to switch off and take things in and trust that an idea will develop naturally, without trying to force it.

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We especially dig that all James’ art prints are available in white on black, or black on white. Shop here.

 

 

Happy Easter from the endemic team!

Elliot, Sam and Jenna at endemicworld wish you all a happy Easter, and a relaxing long weekend filled with all the chocolate in the whole world.

To celebrate, here’s a collection of bunny prints from our artists, available online at endemicworld.com

 

Butterfly bunny art print by Olivia Bezett

Butterfly Bunny art print by Olivia Bezett

Grey bunny art print by yhodesign

Grey Bunny art print by Yhodesign

Creased critter art print by Glenn Jones

Creased Critter art print by Glenn Jones

Ambrose art print by Margaret Petchell

Ambrose art print by Margaret Petchell

A very smart bunny pink art print by pencil and hammer

A Very Smart Bunny pink art print by Pencil and Hammer

 

 

If you’re looking at dropping in to see us in the real this weekend, we are open Saturday:

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 10am – 3pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Monday: CLOSED

Happy Easter guys!!!

 

Geometric art prints by Yhodesign

Yhodesign is the creative brand of graphic designer and cool- guy, Yhodie Hendra Zaldi. We spotted Yhodie’s work when he started using our artist services, and couldn’t resist working with him and his prints.

Born in Indonesia and recently graduating from Yoobee School of Design, Yhodie now lives and works here in Auckland, NZ.

Yhodie’s approach to design is bold and graphic, colour and geometric shape are cleverly used to create the animal forms in his designs.

Pair any Yhodesign art print with with sharp black accessories and loud blocks of colour to complete the look. Perfect for the living room or entrance way.

Yhodesign Tiger Art Print

Tiger framed art print by Yhodesign

Yhodesign finch art print

Gouldian Finch art print by Yhodesign

 Auckland yhodesign art print

Auckland art print by Yhodesign

Yhodesign Pukekohe art print

Pukekohe art print by Yhodesign

View all Yhodesign geometric art prints. They are available in 3 sizes, framed or unframed.

 

 

Bespoke Framing: Make Your Art Prints Pop

Custom or bespoke framing is something that is often overlooked for being too expensive, too difficult, or something we just never get around to. However, there are loads of benefits to getting your art framed the right way!

Framing your pieces professionally protects your art, making it last longer by keeping it dry and dust free. We use archival glues and backing boards so there is no acid to eat away at the artwork. You even get the option of choosing a UV protective glass.

Framing adds value to the work! The right frame can add context and style to an artwork and also increase its perceived size on the wall.

Finally, custom framing makes your art prints look AWESOME. Pop in to see us at endemicworld (62 Ponsonby Road, Auckland) to discuss colours, matting and floating techniques, and types of frames. We can easily find something that makes your art print stand out as well as match your living or work space.

Camer Poster Antony Nobilo
‘Contax Camera’ Poster by Antony Nobilo
Black Box frame, set back and glued down for a super crisp modern style, $295 framed ($95 unframed)

Photographic Art Print by Georgie Malyon
‘Splatter Skulls’ Photographic Art Print by Georgie Malyon
White Box frame, cream mat, $450 framed, $195 unframed.

Photographic Art print by Jenna Smith

‘Sanctury’ Photographic Art Print by Jenna Smith
Raw Oak frame, set back and glued down for a natural feel, $320 framed, $150 unframed.

 

 

New Summer Prints by MakusArt

Kiwi-born and Aussie-based artist Justina Maku Bisset (aka MakusArt) has certainly got it together. As well as exhibiting all around Melbourne town she’s been creating loads of new work and is currently in NZ (we can’t wait to meet you Justina!). Her latest series of art prints are full of beautiful blue hues and geometric details, three of which are featured below.

Her style is refreshing, oh-so-unique and totally on-trend.

The super cool new Wave art print and Geo Skull art print from MakusArt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Makus Art prints, from top:  Geo Skull art printUnderstated art print

 

Meet the Artists: Bren Michelle

One of the newest artists to our fam at endemicworld is illustrator and pattern designer Bren Michelle. After several years working for Disney animating kids’ movies, she’s returned to NZ (welcome home!) to raise her young family, and is now turning her talents to pretty, vibrant and contemporary patterns for a growing range of art prints and  - coming soon – other products too!

Bren Michelle Designer

You were an animation artist for kids’ movies – awesome! What a dream job! Tell us about that…
That is my background, but not what I do now. I did a six month training course here in Auckland, then I learnt the rest on the job. The most exciting time of my career was when I worked for Walt Disney (then in Sydney.) I worked with some incredibly talented and fascinating people from all over the world. I got to work on some amazing films – mostly sequels to the classics – including The Lion King 2 and 3, The Little Mermaid 2, Lady and the Tramp 2, An Extremely Goofy Movie, The Jungle Book 2, Cinderella 2, and more. Yeah it was awesome, a dream job, but extremely demanding as the standard was so high and our output had to meet a quota of footage of film per week. I gained a lot from the experience and I am so grateful for it.

I met my partner there too and we came back to NZ together. I made the switch from hand-drawn to computer animation, and I worked for Flux Animation on a number of projects including The Adventures of Massey Ferguson and Puzzles Inc. Following that I moved to the children’s fashion industry to work with my sister. When I started a family I began working part-time from home doing pattern design – mostly for textiles.


What are you working on (with your own projects/art prints) at the moment?
I have just created my first lino print since school days! I’ve really enjoyed the print-making process so next year I would like to develop my skills in this area, perhaps using wood instead of lino. For my digital prints I’ve started a piece in the style of my Emerald Garden design, but I have a lot happening right now so I can’t get back to it for a while. Next year I expect to have much more time to indulge my own ideas and I can’t wait to see what emerges!

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A pretty page from Bren’s sketchbook

Which NZ artists/designers/creatives (of any discipline) do you most look up to?
In the pattern design industry it is critical to watch the European and US catwalks and trend-forecasting sites/blogs for inspiration. As a result a lot of my heroes are from abroad, but I do admire many creatives here too:

Fashion designer Karen Walker, Artist/designer Ellen Giggenbach, Illustrator Sarah Wilkins, Animation Director/Illustrator/Writer Raymond McGrath, and the artist Flox. I’m also hugely inspired by the amazing NZ women writers Charlotte Grimshaw, Emily Perkins and Eleanor Catton.

What’s on the walls of your creative space/home currently?
My favourite framed piece is a drawing by William Auerbach Levy of Victor Borge. But in my workspace I have an inspiration board covered in gorgeousness. It includes:

- Vogue covers from the 20s (Georges Lepape and Helen Dryden)
- Surface Pattern Designers/illustrators: Helen Dardik, Orla Kiely, Tom Schamp, Tove Johansson, Florence Broadhurst
- Artists: Koloman Moser, Angie Lewin, Inaluxe, Mary Blair, James Leman
- Fashion Designers: Anna Sui, Tsumori Chisato
…and a heap more!

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Bren’s right – her inspiration board is covered in gorgeousness!

Besides art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
My greatest love outside of art is reading; there are always teetering piles of books around the house, especially art and design hardbacks from the library. Other loves are creative writing, running, camping and tramping.


What would be a dream project/collaboration you’d love to do?

I would love to see some of my designs licensed onto stationery for a company such as Madison Park Greetings. I’m also interested in book cover design, and perhaps motif designs for ceramics. But soon I am moving away from pattern design and into the children’s apparel industry and I am really excited about that.

I am at my happiest when I am growing and learning. I can’t wait to be working under some talented designers and upskilling in that area, so right now I am very content with the path in front of me.

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Bren at work in her home studio

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 Some of Bren’s art prints (available at endemicworld!)

What words of advice do you have to anyone looking to make art their career?
Be sure that it really is your passion, because it can be a difficult way to make a living. The people I have seen thrive are very confident within themselves and/or are willing to live outside of their comfort zone. They have high standards but can stop short of perfectionism, and they have an entrepreneurial mind or strong business skills. They also have bucketloads of passion and drive.

I think artists need to be very open to new techniques and technologies in order to keep themselves valuable in rapidly changing industries. And I think it is really important to seek out communities of similar artists – even if only online. I belong to a large Facebook group of surface pattern designers. We share inspiration, industry news, ideas, resources, and personal stories/insights. It is an incredibly supportive environment and benefits everyone.There is nothing more inspiring than connecting with people that share your passion.

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Shop all Bren Michelle art prints here…

 

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.

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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: 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…

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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