Gift Guide – For Plant Lovers

 

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1.   Botanical Green Tea art print – available in a range of sizes – from our vintage collection at endemicworld.

2.   Geometric wall planters, in three colours and three sizes, from Me & My Trend.

3.   Planters get a contemporary makeover with these washable paper bags – available in loads of colours and sizes  (we’re digging the grey), from Collected.

4.   These concrete and pastel paint-dipped planters from Superette are perfect for little succulents.

5.    Loving these Bonnie & Neil Jungle Leaf and Rhododendron Buff cushions, from Collected.

6.   Botanical Assembly framed art print, by Melbourne designers Inaluxe.

7.   Bloom art print, from an original chalkboard drawing by NZ designer Cloud Nine.

8.   Copper LOVE! From Superette.

9.   Handcrafted and hand-painted ceramic black and white painted planters from Collected.

10.   Palms cushion in stylish black and vanilla, part of the Hanoi-inspired Summer collection from NZ homeware brand Citta Design.

11.   Set of two brass planters also from Citta Design.

12.   Petalhead framed art print by NZ artist Adrian Bird.

13.   We love a collab – this rad geo plant stand is part of a range designed by NZ blogger Julia Atkinson (StudioHome) and Trestle Union.

 

Explore all our botanical prints here!   

 

Ho ho ho – Gifts for Guys

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1.   Magnetic bear bottle opener for his fridge!

2.   Superbro art print, from NZ surfer, skater, dad and illustrator (I’m a poet and I know it) Greg Straight.

3.   Perfect for the designer dude. Pencil art print by Oslo.

4.   I want this for myself! Smartphone projector from Iko Iko.

5.   Camping is cool. Bear and Beer BBQ art print, by NZ illustrator Natasha Vermeulen.

6.  Al Brown is a bondafide legend amongst NZ men – especially men who love to cook. His new hardcover book Depot includes all the unpretentious and hearty recipes that have made the eatery – and the man – so loved.

7.  Chocolate! Craft Beer! Chocolate that tastes like craft beer (with hops and toffee malt)! This choc was made to enjoy with a bottle of his fave. From artisan chocolate makers and all-round good guys, Wellington Chocolate Factory. Get it from Iko Iko.

8.  The rockstars of NZ coffee – Coffee Supreme – have teamed up with the guys at Wellington’s Six Barrel Soda Co. to create this coffee soda syrup. YUM. Available from Paper Plane.

9.   Ask him if he knows about the cult guys’ lifestyle magazine, Monster Children. If he does, he will literally worship the ground you walk on for getting him this super limited edition box-set, curated by guest editor Mike D of the Beastie Boys. From Good as Gold.

10.   Home Sweet As Home art print by Good Graphic Design. Also comes in a wicked copper foil version.

11.   Every little dude growing up in the 80′s had (or wanted) a Chopper. Good Times for sure, Greg Straight.

12.   Iconic NZ men’s brand Barkers now sell grooming prods, including the famous Californian brand, Baxter. Loving that clean designer packaging.

13.   Shoes, watches, wallets… the details matter on a man.  So get him looking sharp with the sophistication of I Love Ugly’s leather time pieces and bill-folds.

14.   Flowers are for girls… a man needs a manly candle. Ah, the nostalgic, grown-man smell of Pipe Tobacco. From Paper Plane.

15.   Stormtrooper art print, from a super intricate, original pointillism pencil sketch – by NZ artist Alex Matthews.

16.  Masculine and minimalist – this sharp-looking travel bag by Swedish design company RAINS is available from Simon James.

 

 

Styled: A Scandi-style Dining Area

One of our awesome endemicworld customers just purchased two Inaluxe art prints, framed in black, for her dining space.
It got us day-dreaming about a light and bright, Scandi-style dining area with pops of black…

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from top left:

•   We love this clean, contemporary Marque pendant light in white and beech timber.

  Our inspiration for this dreamed-up dining space – two abstract art prints from Melbourne-based endemicworld artists, Inaluxe.  On the left, Message No. 9, and beside it, Message No. 15 – both prints framed in black.

  Spun wall clock by Karlsson, from Let Liv. The white face with graphic black accents is the perfect addition to this modern set-up.

  Talleo painted vessel from Freedom Furniture, in a sunny yellow.

  Nice weighty ceramics in Midnight and Canary colours (to tie in with the colours in our Inaluxe art prints), part of the Jett range at Freedom Furniture.

  The beautiful NZ-made Plateau table, by NZ furniture designers IMO.

•   Also from IMO, the very cool, very unique little A2 stool. It comes in a huge range of colour finishes, but we’ve opted for a natural ply, with black powder-coated crossrail. LOVE!

 and finishing off this look, the casual-cool style of the Bradford floor rug, also from Freedom.

 

The finishing touch for any bedroom…

An awesome, large-scale art print is the perfect finishing touch for a stylish bedroom. Choose a print with colours or textures that tie in with your favourite bedroom pieces, or build your accessories around the art print – candles, pillows or cushions, flowers, a bedside light or a throw blanket are all good choices to tie in with a colour palette or textural theme. Here’s a few of our newest art prints, imagined in a dream bedroom…

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The grey-to-black  colours and painterly style of this inspiring art print ties in beautifully with the texture of that wooly throw. A black frame really gives the room a focal point, and teams up with that cool bedside lamp. And we love the orange for bringing a pop of colour – but one that’s not too bright, for this pared back bedroom.

Earn Your Stripes art print by NZ artist Chloe Ruby

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We still love a geometric theme, especially when it’s done well like it is here. The trick is to keep the rest of the room very minimal and clean. If you want your bedding, pillowcases and cushions to all tie in perfectly (whatever patterns they may be), consider buying a full set of goodies from the same brand/designer (these are from Scandinavian design co, Ferm Living) – they’ll have already done the hard work of ensuring their collection works well together!

Geometric Hexagon art print by Cloud 9 Creative.

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This bedroom is feminine but bold – with the yellow skulls and the contrasting vintage and modern elements. So we’ve gone for an art print that’s also feminine but bold. The peach tones marry together just so!

Pink Protea art print by NZ designer Cloud 9 Creative.

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Two love birds… what a cute option for your shared bedroom. Black and white bedrooms offer a super modern and gender neutral option (the boys will be happy not to have pink and petals!) When you choose black and white, you can afford to have a little fun with different patterns and graphics.

Gannets art print by NZ illustrator Glenn Jones

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To create a really serene, soft space, bring in natural elements and fibres. Choose timber furniture (side tables, lamps, headboards) and opt for a lighter stain to keep the look clean and fresh. Tapestries are not only very on trend,  they also offer a really lush natural texture.

Pinecones framed art print by NZ artist Chloe Ruby

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You can’t go wrong with plenty of sun, and a little fun! The print above the bed here is the perfect finishing touch that this light and bright bedroom needed. If you don’t want to hang your print above your bed, consider leaning a large framed print (or two) on the floor, against the wall. We can imagine a couple of modern prints on that wooden floor, to the right of the bedside table.

Framed Apple art print by Bright Creative

 

 

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!

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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…

 

Artist Catch-Up – Greg Straight

What’s Greg Straight been up to lately?
Woah that’s too freaky – we wondered the same thing!
We caught up with our favourite surfing, drawing Dad/all round good dude to find out what he’s been working on…

It’s been almost year since we caught up, what have you been up to in the past 12 months?
Wow a whole year, that’s crazy! I’ve been pretty busy with illustration and design work, it started with creating the identity for The 48 Hour Film Festival and snowballed from there. I illustrated a range of farm animal collectable cards for My Food Bag and created a large second range of children’s stationery for Whitcoulls (to name a few).

I’ve also been getting involved with a few schools, I went into Birkenhead Primary for book week and for a careers day at Northcote College. That one was pretty full on, speaking for 3 one-hour sessions to teenagers with no internet and no projector. I had a sleeper in the first one, totally gone 15 minutes into my talk!

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This year’s 48 Hour Film Festival got some Greg Straight pimpin’

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Some of Greg’s super cute illos, used as kids’ collectables for My Food Bag


So what’s been happening in the world of Greg Straight?
The big news is going self-employed full time. I was working for a company for 7 years and 4 weeks ago I finally took the plunge to go it alone, so far so good.

Other news is my wife Hannah and I have finally printed our first range of kids tees for our label Mr & Sister, to be released shortly and together we are working on a range of open edition, more trend based art prints called GS Studio. The new ‘Gone Troppo’ prints are a part of this, which explains the more feminine feel to the range …

But I am still making the limited edition fine art prints (that are signed and numbered). The two lines will be quite different, both created by me but sold at different price points.

I’ve also developed some new artworks on wood (a couple can be seen in-store at endemicworld). Last year at my Endless Summer art show I exhibited a work on wood in collaboration with Matua, it was so popular I had to do more, however  I’ve been so busy its taken me almost a year to develop.

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Some of Greg’s designs for his (and wife Hannah’s) rad new kids’ tee brand, Mr & Sister!

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Greg’s artworks on wood are proving real popular… 


Tell us about some of your fave projects recently?
Earlier this year I was asked to create the cover for Idealog and 3 additional editorial illustrations that was pretty fun. Idealog interviewed me and asked the question ‘Should you work for free?” and the answer in short is – No!

A few months back I made a second artwork for Matua along with NZ Surf Life Saving for their Mad About Our Beaches campaign (launching soon). Matua are helping to clean up our beaches and as a surfer I am pretty passionate about that.

Another cool Matua project was creating a music inspired illustration that was used at three different music events in the UK. The artwork was blown up and made into a backdrop used on stage and on promotional posters.

I also just created a mural (and a bit of brand identity) for Tauranga based design company Family. They produce some great work and it was a real pleasure working with Trent and the team.

So it’s been a pretty busy year so far with my illustration work leaving not much time to produce new art! Fortunately, that’s all about to change now that I no longer have to juggle these freelance projects with another part-time job (and still try to fit in some quality time with my family). The past year has involved a lot of late nights…
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Greg Straight Illustration for Idealog

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Greg’s custom illustration project for Idealog magazine

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Greg’s artwork was used as a massive stage backdrop for a UK gig series (in association with Matua wines)


Any traveling?

No.


Been surfing?

No (insert sad face here).


Any big personal achievements?
I illustrated my first children’s book called While You Are Sleeping released at the end of last year, in March 2014 I won a Storylines Notable Book Award for best picture book and its now just been released in China.

My Chelsea golden syrup artist tin has just been selected for The Best Design Awards 2014, which I am chuffed about and the tin has also been featured on The Dieline and Packaging Of The World.

I’ve also had a couple of group exhibitions this year, strangely enough both in Nelson.

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Greg’s limited edition Golden Syrup tin for Chelsea was a finalist in the 2014 Best Design Awards


What’ve you got planned for this summer?
A shed load of new art! I’ve got so many ideas that are collecting dust, now I have more time I am amped to get them all going. So, new fine art prints, new open edition prints and developing a larger range of prints on wood.

We plan to launch Mr & Sister in the next month (or two).

I have a few illustration projects lined up with some really big clients which is pretty exciting. I can’t really say too much just yet but watch this space!

I have also been asked to develop a small line of clothing for a German based surf company that I’m really stoked about and I’ve got new designs for reusable coffee cups, greeting cards, tote bags, cushions and tee shirts all being released in the next few months.

And I’m hoping may be even the odd surf between deadlines. Bring on summer!

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Three of Greg’s newest art prints, 90% Fat Free, Good Times and Club Tropicana

 

Shop all Greg Straight art prints here

 

Styled: Blonde Wood & Brights – Baby Nursery

Inspired by the blonde wood and bright colours of our new You Are My Sunshine art print, we’ve dreamed up a colourful, contemporary nursery…

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From top:

 Affordable little balls of happiness! This cute felt garland is from Crave Home.

 You Are My Sunshine art print, by new endemicworld designer Bright Creative. This sunny little number is available framed or unframed, and in a range of sizes. This is one print in a whole collection that share a timber-and-brights aesthetic – so you can buy a themed pair or trio for your little sunshine’s room.

 Hang their cutest outfits on this light coat rack (inspired by an iconic retro design), from Collected.

 Designed by and for parents who appreciate contemporary design – the much-loved Oeuf crib is perfect for bubbas, but also converts into a toddler bed when they’re ready!

 Quality wooden worm friends, from Crave Home.

 This affordable round table (available in NZ from Se3) makes a handy cot-side table, and when your little beastie is at toddler age, makes a great low play table.

 A felt ball rug is oh-so-soft under little feet (and ties in perfectly with the balls of bright colour in the hanging rack and garland). Available from Collected.

 

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Shop all these colourful art prints by Bright Creative 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!