Meet the Artists: Cristina Viscu, Wild Wagon

We’re considering ourselves lucky that professional photographer and artist Cristina Viscu has decided to call New Zealand home. This talented illustrator has a style like no other we’ve seen recently – with a bold, graphic vibe yet still a feminine edge. As well as her growing range of art prints, Cristina has just launched a range of gift-wrapping paper and greeting cards. It’s all part of her exciting young brand, Wild Wagon. Definitely one to watch!

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You and your partner moved here earlier this year – where are you from? And are we treating you well so far?
We are both from Chisinau, Moldova, however, I have called Nashville, New York and now Auckland home. We have been here a little over 6 months and loving it so far!

You’re also a professional photographer. How do you think your photography practise inspires or influences your painting, and how do you think your painting informs your photography?
I think it is good to have knowledge of both but in my practice one doesn’t really influence the other. I shoot all the images for Wild Wagon’s Instagram as well as our catalogue and I think that it is a good skill to be able to take nice, styled product shots as it is vital in our day and age. It is definitely great when you can use your own resources but it can quickly become an overload of tasks so you really have to prioritise.

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Cristina does all her own styling and photography for Wild Wagon


What are you working on at the moment / What’s coming up for WildWagon? (I heard something about stationery?)
Wild Wagon Co is a stationery brand but my vision for our future is not just stationery. I am currently creating and adding new types of products like gift wrap, journals and cards to our product line.

I think the most exciting thing for us right now is that we just launched our official online shop (wildwagon.co.nz) this week!

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Gift wrapping paper and greeting cards by Wild Wagon (and hello, gorgeous styling!)

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Cristina has been hard at work launching the new Wild Wagon website

We love a good recommendation – and creatives give the best ones. Tell us about a few things we should totally check out…
Because Wild Wagon Co is highly influenced by eastern european national patterns and colours, and an appreciation for nomadic cultures, I would definitely recommend watching this movie by Emil Loteanu, a Moldovan director. It is definitely in my top favourites (though I do not vouch for the english translation) and what influenced our branding and vision.

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Gypsy babe’n – a screenshot from one of Cristina’s favourite movies

What has been your most exciting/inspiring project to date?
I think there have been many projects professionally speaking that were exciting and interesting, but as a whole they always lacked perspective and a long term vision. Wild Wagon Co is only 6 months old but I already have future collections in mind and a brand vision that I am really excited to share over the months to come. This is the project that I am investing 110% into so I hope that our followers can identify with our vision and our products.

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Cristina in her Auckland home. On the wall are two of her new wrapping papers, used as art prints.

What words of advice would you give to someone wanting to make a career from being an independent creative?
I think being an independent creative means a lot of discipline and dedication. It means you need to very be self-motivated, eager to learn and not take failure close to heart. I’d say setting goals is very important for an independent creative as well as their character and how they present themselves and interact with others.

My all time favourite quote about artists is by Samuel Butler.
He wrote, “Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.”

What’s on your desk?
Never any less than two cups of coffee, piles of never-ending to do lists, painting brushes, sketches, notebooks and my macbook. It’s really never ever tidy, but I think many artist can relate to a short attention span and a need to have everything close at hand.

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Cristina at work…

 

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Four of the art prints in Wild Wagon’s tattoo-based series – clockwise from top left: Lover to Lover; Hold Fast; Rabbit Heart; Hold On

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Cristina’s work is also inspired by botanics – Jungle One and Flower Bouquet art prints

 

Shop all Wild Wagon art prints here…

 

Original framed artworks by Hannah Jensen

Hannah Jensen is a longtime friend of endemicworld, and multidisciplinary artist. After visiting Hannah’s studio recently, we picked up three of her gorgeous new drawings floated in raw wooden frames.

Lotus indian ink drawing by Hannah Jensen

Lotus indian ink drawing by Hannah Jensen

Lotus detail Hannah Jensen

Lotus original indian ink by Hannah Jensen

Three Lotus Goddesses – original indian ink drawing by Hannah Jensen. $1450

Coiled framed print by Hannah Jensen

Detail of Coiled drawing by Hannah Jensen

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Coiled signature detail Hannah Jensen

Coiled - original pencil drawing by Hannah Jensen. $1450

Orchidaceae Drawing by Hannah Jensen

Orchidaceae drawing by Hannah Jensen

Orchidaceae pencil drawing by Hannah Jensen

Orchidaceae pencil drawing by Hannah Jensen

Orchidaceae- Ode to Haeckel – original pencil drawing by Hannah Jensen. $1450

Visit us in store to view or contact us for details

Email  info@endemicworld.com

or Phone  (09) 378 9823

62 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby, Auckland.

 

 

Meet the Artists: Philippa Riddiford

Melbourne-based NZ artist Philippa Riddiford has the kind of irrepressible style that can’t be taught or imitated. She started her creative career working in fashion, then moved on to run her own successful brand for many years, expressing her bold and playful signature aesthetic through the design of jewellery. But with her passion for drawing and painting, for experimenting with colour and shape, it was only a matter of time before she made the leap into full-time fine art creation.

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Philippa in her home studio


For years you worked in retail & wholesale as a designer, stylist and buyer of your own successful costume/fashion jewellery business. How and why did you make the switch to fine art? What inspired you to take this step and what would you say to others dreaming of making a career leap to follow their artistic passions?

I made the change to fine art after I wound up my retail business. I made the decision that I wanted to simplify my life and I decided I wanted to work from home. Working from home meant that I could develop my painting, drawing and other skills without the expense of working from a studio elsewhere. For those wishing to take a career leap to following their artistic passions…I say organise yourself and just do it. Do the maths and go ahead, it is never too late to make a change; passion, determination, perseverance and a desire to follow ones dreams… and never give up!

Can you tell us a bit about your process – from inspiration to finished piece, including what techniques you use to achieve your aesthetic…
I am inspired by everything around me but I mainly gain inspiration from my imagination. The techniques I use to create my work are many and varied but they start off with and can include acrylic, spray paints, drawing with pencils, crayon and textas (or vivids as they say in NZ). I also love playing around with cut outs of different shapes, patterns and colour. These raw creations are then photographed and loaded into a computer graphics program to be worked on further.

Artist Philippa Riddiford in her studio

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Philippa working (playing!) with card cut-outs and then spray-painting these in her backyard.

Describe your work in 4 words:
Contemporary, whimsical, colourful, playful.

Where do you create? Do you play music while you work? What inspires you?
I create in my studio at home; I generally like a quiet environment when I am working, this way I can fully concentrate on the job in hand…so to speak. This allows my imagination to run amuck! I find contemporary artists working in many mediums inspire me; I have always preferred artists who push the boundaries and are not afraid to experiment. A couple of these whose works I love are Amy Sillman’s and Sarah Boyts Yoder’s work, I love the way they play with abstract shapes and colour.

What are some of the favourite things you have on your own walls at home?
For starters I have many of my artworks framed up on my walls (I have been working as an artist for 10 years) plus also an eclectic mix of other artist’s works that I have picked up over the years.

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Philippa uses a huge variety of mediums in her work; a happy explosion of colour, shape and pattern

What would be a dream collaboration/project you’d love to do?
I would have loved to have lived in New York City in the 60′s when Andy Warhol and his team were gaining momentum with their work and events. It was a truly revolutionary time and it would have been enormously stimulating & fun to have been there then. I always saw NYC as the epicentre of all things new and creative. I still wouldn’t mind spending a year in NYC renting a studio and just going for it! I might just do that if I can persuade my husband to come along too!

Tell us about a good book to read, a website to check out and a place to visit…
I am a huge reader of novels; I love mostly contemporary writers, Anne Tyler’s ‘A Spool with Blue Thread‘ which has just been published I found delightful to read.
A website I feel is worth checking out is We Heart.
I am a great fan of NYC should certainly be a must for everyone to spend time in at least once in their lifetime. I spent many years going there for my business and found it a most inspiring, exciting and stimulating city… and very easy to get around! There is always something going on in New York!

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Four of our fave Philippa Riddiford art prints – top row: With Flying Colours No. 3 and Gambadobottom row: Hubble Bubble and Hang Low. The full range of Philippa Riddiford art prints are available unframed, or framed in black or white box-style frames.

 

 

Print Pairs: The casual lean

It’s easy to get wrapped up in how we display art in our homes. Do we frame it? Do we pin or stick it to the wall with washi? Then there’s the hassle of making sure its actually straight.

Hallelujah, we have found a way to make hanging art prints simple… don’t hang it! Lean it. (Like your date when he’s trying to be cool.)

This week we have accompanied suave leaning positions with bold prints to fit.

Namaste Art print by Alisha Brunton leaning

image: bloglovin.com, feat. Norm Architects

The Namaste art print by Alisha Brunton has everything this room needs, and nothing it doesn’t. Perfectly organic text, with simple composition.

Aztec in black art print by Cloud Nine Creative

image: archdaily.com via pinterest

This ledge is such a handy addition to a small bathroom; keep your beauty products dry, burn a beautiful candle, or bang an Aztec art print by Cloud Nine Creative in a frame to admire.

Helvetica typographic art print by OSLO

image: thebrickhouse.tumblr.co via pinterest

A whole wall- length side board free to stack with prints, books and treasures?! Yes please! This is also an amazing storage solution.

The art print featured is Helvetica by OSLO.

For other art prints by these artists and more, visit us online.

We also have a physical store at 62 Ponsonby Road, Auckland.

 

 

endemicworld launches NEW Original art category online

endemicworld has just added our first original art category to the site. Now you can easily search our selection of stunning original works online!

To celebrate the launch of this new category, Jenna visited Kate at Places and Graces headquarters to style and photograph original paintings by Margaret Petchell and Jenni Stringleman. Check out the results!

 

Clive original painting by Margaret Petchell

Clive Original acrylic painting on canvas by Margaret Petchell.

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Hydrangeas in Phthalo and neon by Jenni Stringleman

Hydrangeas in Phthalo and Neon by Jenni Stringleman

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Kaleidoscope No. 1 original oil painting by Jenni Stringleman

Objects and styling by Kate at Places and GracesPhotography by Jenna Smith

 

To view more original NZ artworks visit us online, or in store at 62 Ponsonby Road.

 

 

 

Meet the Artists: Justine Hawksworth

Auckland’s Justine Hawksworth has been creating her most recent works on wooden board and even vintage oars. The backdrop for each piece is an old marine map showing a part of the New Zealand coastline, overlaid with intricate imagery that Justine paints with amazingly fine detail, each one taking many many hours of quiet focus to complete. A collection of these seriously beautiful paintings have been produced as art prints for endemicworld – so you can have an affordable rendition of the original artwork on your walls. Yes please! We had a chat to Justine and a wee look around her studio…

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Did you always want to be an artist? How did you get to this point? What has been the career and life journey to this point?
I always loved drawing and making things as a kid. I took art at school and had a great college art teacher who encouraged me to keep taking art and then apply for Art school. I gained a BFA at Elam majoring in Applied Design and then did my years Diploma at Teachers College. I taught Art and Design at Macleans College up until I had my kids. When the kids were little I tried to paint while they were asleep, and as they have got older its become a more full-time thing.

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One of Justine’s superbly intricate artworks, combining the writings and imagery of a historical explorer with the femininity of lace, all painted on a vintage oar.

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More of Justine’s oar artworks. She also uses aged copper (see gannet oar at top) and other mediums in various pieces.

What other creative projects have you worked on that endemicworld fans may not have seen?
I have another side business that I have started with a friend – The Bach Book – is a journal for recording the history etc of your kiwi bach, that we designed while on holiday over a couple of glasses of wine! This has now spread into a range of stationery items – visitors books, journals and cards.

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The Bach Book – awesome gift idea for the true-blue-bach-loving kiwi!

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Justine’s produced her own line of notebooks, cards, coasters and other gifts from her artworks (available here)

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Intricate paintings on rocks – love these

New Zealand seems to be a real muse for you. What is your favourite spot in the whole country?
NZ is a real inspiration – particularly our love of the kiwi bach and all the memories they create for us. We have a family bach in Whanarua Bay on the East Cape. It’s a mission of a drive from Auckland – 6hrs! – but so worth it when you arrive!! Gorgeous views, great fishing and sea life, beautiful bush and birds. The bach is a no frills classic with no cell phone coverage or TV so very peaceful!

Beside art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
I love to go fishing but I suffer from sea sickness which slacks me off!

What are some of the fave things you have on your own walls at home?
A huge and very cool underwater photo by my niece Jenna Smith, an old whaling oar that we found washed up on the beach, and a turquoise ‘kina’ sculpture made from cable ties by Andi Regan.

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Scenes from Justine’s home studio

What words of advice would you give to someone wanting to make art their career?
Don’t be afraid to start small and to ask advice – you’ll be amazed at what you can learn from another artist!

You’re drawing and you’re totally in the flow – Where are you? Describe the scene…
Most drawing for me happens at my studio table – generally I’m on my own with just the sound of the washing machine or the dishwasher keeping me company! But if I am in need of music – U2 live at Slane Castle or a bit of Ella Fitzgerald. Sipping? – probably just water but I would prefer it to be a large glass of Shiraz – possibly not a good idea at 10am!!

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Who would you love to create a piece of work for (or where would you love to see your work)?

I still get a real buzz out of selling a painting and its always been a goal for me for my prints and paintings to stay affordable so that lots of people can own them. I’d love to be asked by a winery to use an image as a wine label – I’d even take wine as payment!!

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Two of the Justine Hawksworth NZ art prints we have available over at endemicworld – Bay of Islands, and Taupo Tui

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Close up of some of the delicious detail in Justine’s work.

See the full range of Justine Hawksworth art prints here

 

Original Calligraphy Art by Kate Hursthouse

A wee while back on the blog we interviewed architect and calligrapher, Kate Hursthouse.

When Kate dropped in to show us her collection of typographic works we fell in love with her original calligraphy piece, Realise. After we wiped up our drool we took some shots.

Would love to see this one floated in a box frame…

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Kate Hursthouse calligraphy signature

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Kate Hursthouse calligraphy deckled edge

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View more of Kate’s work online at endemicworld.

 

Meet the Artists: Yhodie Hendra Zaldi of Yhodie Design

Born in Indonesia and now calling New Zealand home, Yhodie Hendra Zaldi recently graduated from Yoobee School of Design. As he works on growing his career as a freelance designer, he explores his craft and style through a series of graphic art prints under the brand name YhoDesign. His most recent collection features wild animals created from hundreds of geometric shapes in graduated colours, giving a faceted, almost 3D appearance to the prints. 

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A self-portrait of Yhodie (we love how this shows both the process and finished style)

Is art a full-time job for you now, or if not – what is your ‘day job’?
Oh… I wish this was my full time job, but unfortunately no. My daytime job is a fitness instructor, but mostly I do freelance jobs as a graphic designer. Hopefully one day, I will be able to pay all the bills with my art, hehehehehe.

You graduated from Yoobee School of Design – what was one of the most important things you learned about creativity during your time there?
The most important thing was pushing myself more every project and never being satisfied with the first result. (We also explored our own style by seeing other artist’s works… which helped me to see some great artists out there.)

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Framed art print by YhoDesign

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New art prints by YhoDesign (Yhodie Photoshops his finished art prints to mock up how they might look in situ)

Can you tell us a little bit about your process – how do you go about creating your awesome faceted artworks?
The process is from Photoshop by tweaking the images; colour, brightness etc…then I transfer them into Illustrator and start to work on the reference image. After it’s finished, I push it back into Photoshop to add some texture or background – depending on how I feel really, sometimes it’s finished in Illustrator, sometimes in Photoshop. (See below for more details…)

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These ‘in-progress’ and ‘almost completed’ versions of a new art print show the design process. Often working from a reference photograph, Yhodie first turns the animal form into hundreds of geometric shapes of various sizes, that are then individually coloured (in graduating shades), to create the illusion of shadow and contour. After painstakingly creating each animal, Yhodie will often bring the finished flat vector artwork into Photoshop to add textures or background, etc.


Tell us about a few creatives/designer you are personally inspired by?
I really like Gareth Pugh (fashion designer ), I know he is not a graphic designer or illustrator but I get lots of inspiration from his work. When it comes to illustrators, I’m inspired by (Indonesian artist) Wedha Abdul Rasyid, designer Andreas Preis, and Andy Westface. They all have different influences on my art.

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Illustrations by Andy Westface and Andreas Peis, two of the artists who inspire Yhodie

You’re creating and you’re totally in the flow – Where are you? Who is with you? What are you listening to?
I work by myself in my room (I call it my studio, which is just in the corner of my bedroom). When I am working, I listen to all sorts of music, from hip-hop, RnB or even classical, depending on my mood and what I am working on.. If I am drawing it’s mostly classical, if I’m making my faceted art it’s mostly hip-hop or RnB!

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Yhodie loves his adopted home of NZ and it inspires much of his art. These two prints are available (framed or unframed, in various sizes) over on endemicworld.com

 

Tell us about your creative space/office – what’s in it, what things you do love to have around you as you create?
LOTS OF BUNNIES….Yes I have bunny everywhere in my studio also some of my arts hanging and COLOUR CHART, they are handy to have in front of me and of course flowers or terrarium..I made them and I love it as its make it more nature look.

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A new art print Yhodie is currently working on; a dedicated creative space in his bedroom

Shop all YhoDesign art prints here >