'My Happy Place' - Sarah Goodreau

We have mountains of love for the beautiful illustrations of Sarah Goodreau. They are always full of rich colours and gorgeous textures that make them beam from the walls like no other...

We caught up with Sarah to find out what goes on in that creative cranium of hers!
What inspires you?
Sounds strange, but I'm most inspired by literature. Something about the written word makes me want to create.

How did you develop your signature style?
Lots of time and LOTS of practice.

What do you love most about being an artist?
I love being able to create all the little things running around in my mind every day. It's such a blessing.

What do fine most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
It's nice to know that I can use my skills as an illustrator to do more than just entertain. Giving to this great cause feels very good.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Besides drawing? I was an outdoors kid. I was always climbing trees and catching frogs.

What is your 'happy place'?
My happy place is a long walk in the morning with my dog and a mug of coffee.

Check out more of Sarah's artwork over on her website.

To get your hands on this amazing print created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

09 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Roxy Marj

When it comes to the big world of little people, things don’t get much cooler than anything the marvelous husband and wife duo Roxana Marjorie Barrus and Jesse Barrus of Roxy Marj put their mits on. They take such care in their work – from conceptual design through to manufacturing and delivery - When you purchase anything from their range you really feel like you have received an important heirloom made especially for your own child or grandchild...

We are honoured to have the team from Roxy Marj create an original piece of artwork for our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network. We caught up with the gang to hear more about what inspired this rad piece!

What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration comes from kids, animals and being out in nature… Kids & animals because they are always present, naturally creative and fun. The perfect mindset to always be in I think, and nature because I find myself always being content when I am in the outdoors exploring, hiking, camping, going for walks, laying in a hammock… my mind is able to process things in a healthy happy way and for whatever reason, this gives me confidence in my ideas, and I love feeling that way.

How did you develop your signature style?
My signature style really came into fruition when I started college… it wasn’t until having our weekly critiques that myself and my classmates started pointing out consistent styles in each other’s work. Apparently I was drawn to the mix of rustic, modern, and graphic detailing, with little hints of primary colours, but mostly red.

A huge hand to helping me develop my signature style has come from some of my favourite artists/illustrators from the early 1900’s to the 50/60’s - Erte, Wanda Gag, Ilonka Karasz, the Parin d’aulaire’s, Calder, O’keeffe, just to name a few. I’ve tried to take my favourite things about their work and use them as inspiration to create my own personal style. If they all were alive today, I feel like they would be able to see the influence, and hopefully would be happy that I honoured their influence in a respectful and honest way.

What do you love most about being an artist?
Well, honestly I think everyone is an artist. So I don’t feel any kind of superiority or uniqueness here… I just feel glad and lucky that somehow I believed in myself to keep creating… I liked my work enough when I was younger to keep making it and that is what has led me to where I am now. I have never met a child that isn’t an artist… it would be crazy amazing if each kid had the support or personal belief in his or her own work to never stop… this world would be totally enchanting!

What do find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
I wear my heart on my sleeve… and I am a very sensitive person. If someone is crying to me in tears of joy or sadness, I can’t help it, I will cry with them. The best thing ever about putting my art out there, is seeing how it effects people. The connection they have with my artwork and products is always amazing and it gets me either teary eye’d or crying weekly!

I often receive the sweetest emails from people all over the world with stories relating to things I’ve created, it’s so touching, and it just makes me want to continue creating… so for that I am so grateful.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
I loved to explore and just be outside. I am 1 of 7 kids [second youngest] and my parents kind of let us roam wherever we wanted… looking back, I find it totally strange, but we lived next to fields and orchards, so it naturally became a place for all us neighbourhood kids to let our imaginations run wild. Making forts were a large priority, something that I still love to do as a 34 year old woman! HA! Weird? lol…naaaw….

I can’t forget to mention that when I was inside, rearranging the bedroom with my little sister was always a huge thrill. We felt so grown up and independent having total control over our bedroom style… to separate the bunkbeds or not separate the bunk beds, rearranging pictures on the walls, styling the little tchotchkes on the dresser, organising the toy shelf just so... many tough decisions, but such fun ones!

What is your 'happy place’?
My happy place is wherever my husband Jesse and our dog Harley are. With that said, I’m a MAJOR homebody… this often gets the best of me whenever we are away from home, no matter the place. But my home will always be my happy place… and right now that happens to be in the mountains in Oregon, I love living in our little “cabin" so much, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Check out more of Roxy Marj's stunning artwork over on her website.

To get your hands on these amazing prints (as seen above in the hero and second image) created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

08 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson is quite simply one big ball of brilliant. From illustration, art, photography, animation, comics and book design, this is one very talented fellow. We are beyond flattered that Steve has created this original piece for our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

We caught up with Steve to find out more about his own 'Happy Place'...
What inspires you?
Good design!

How did you develop your signature style?
I don't think I really have a signature style. One day I love watercolours; the next day I love digital vector; the next day I love painted wood sculptures; the next day I love pen and ink.... it goes on and on. My attention span is far too short to lock onto one style then go with it indefinitely. It's a blessing and a curse, ha ha! If there are common denominators it would be that most of my work is character-based and colourful.

What do you love most about being an artist?
Without a doubt, 3-hour lunches.

What do you find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
I think it's important for artists to take on feel-good projects now and then because everybody wins!

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Riding my bicycle, followed closely by drawing.

What is your 'happy place'?
Picture this: Cycling on a quiet, rustic mountain road in the south of France with a belly full of baguette. It's warm and the sun is shining. There are no cars around, just a light breeze and the chirp of a thousand cicadas. Across the valley is the tiny, pretty town where lunch awaits. This is my happy place.

To see more of Steve Wilson's work, head over to his website.

To get your hands on this amazing print created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

07 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Ohara Hale

Welcome to the wonderful world of Ohara Hale! Hale is mighty-talented human being based in Montreal who can sing, write, and illustrate books for children. We are beyond thrilled to have an original piece from Ms Hale included in our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

We caught up with Ohara to find out more about the design she has created and what makes her tick...
What inspires you?
The natural world always keeps me in awe. Simple things like the patterns the shadows of leaves make on the wall or the wind gently blowing on petals or surfaces of ponds and lakes.

How did you develop your signature style?
Drawing over and over one million times until I started to learn how to connect what I felt and saw in my mind/heart to my hand.

I think we all have a feeling of what we'd like to create and it takes us some time to get there - but - with patience and persistence and dedication - you get there and find you own self waiting for you with open arms.

What do you love most about being an artist?
The ability to connect people together - to create happy spaces or thoughtful moments with another person via the language of art/communication. To have a way to make positive change.

What do find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
It makes it all worth it. All the training and studying and 10,000 hours working hard so that one day the good work can be used to change the world in positive ways.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Sing (which I also do as my "sonic art"), play instruments, write songs, read read read and make, draw, write books. Be outside. Hug.

What is your 'happy place'?
Anywhere I can sit for a moment in the sun and take a deep breath and feel peaceful. Happy places can be anywhere - anywhere you are - as long as you happy in your heart.

Check out more of Ohara Hale's gorgeous artwork over on her website.

To get your hands on her gorgeous print (as seen above in the hero image) created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

06 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Apanona

From the soul with love, that is exactly where the beautiful work from Apanona comes from. With original style, bold colours and a unique quirk that is oh-so-lovable, we are completely smitten with these soulful drawings. We are so flattered to have the super duper talented Apanona create an original artwork specially for our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

Apanona writes of the piece...

When I began to think about what a “happy place” means for children, I started by making a list of things that children usually do and places where they usually go: reading a book, drawing, playing with their toys, playing with friends and relatives, going to school, swimming, running, swinging, sliding…

But then I realised that most of these things I’ve listed, need objects and physical things and places to take place… and not all kids in the world have the same resources and opportunities, especially those who are in need.

So I thought about it again. I must find a thing common in every child. But, what can be a "happy place” for all kids in the world?

One evening, I saw my daughter Martina (8) playing with some objects she found in our aunt's house. She had no toys there, so she “converted" some usual and regular objects (glasses, bottles and other) into fantastical toys. Then she spent more than an hour happily playing with these objects, absolutely immersed in her imagination!

Imagination. I finally found it! This is a special place where all kids can go and play. At any time. Any place.

And I tried to represent it like a simple bright circle in the white, full of stars. And two kids floating there, playing and imagining games, toys, stories. Just being kids. Just being happy.

We caught up her to find out more about her work and what inspires her gorgeous creations...
What inspires you?
I get inspired by everyday life with my daughters, my family and friends, but also by the work of numerous painters, photographers, artists… but mostly illustrators. The works of: Quentin Blake, Miroslav Sasek, Sempé, Cesc, Tomi Ungerer, Tove Jansson, Monica Ramos, Laura Berger, Olimpia Zagnoli, Naomi Wilkinson, Jordi Labanda, Lisk Feng, Andrea Wang, Pintachan, Jean Julien, Paula Bonet, Toru Fukuda… it's an endless list!

How did you develop your signature style?
I’m in love with the “drawing style" of the 60’s you can see in advertising, kid's books, cartoons, etc.

So I use the visual references of this period, I interiorise them, and I try to approach my illustration style and skills to that style (colors, shapes, space distribution, textures, etc.) but with a modern twist. And of course, from my own vision.

What do you love most about being an artist?
Expressing my feelings, thoughts and emotions through illustration. Working for myself.

What do find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
Being able to collaborate to make children’s lives better. Children are our future. And childhood should be a “happy place” for all children in the world. We the adults have the responsibility to preserve it, take care and watch over it.

That means that we have to care for their health, nutrition, education and also environment. So, if I can help with one of my drawings to make a better life.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Play with my dollhouse and little people dolls, read comics (mostly Tintin and Asterix), eat cookies and spaghetti.

What is your 'happy place’?
Being with my family and to draw while listening to music.

To see more of Apanona's work, head over to her website.

To get your hands on this amazing print created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

05 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Hanna Konola

Hanna Konola might sound like a wonderful desert you would order at a fancy restaurant, but believe it or not she is actually a designer, artist and illustrator living and working in Helsinki. But fear not, her work is sweeter and far more enjoyable than any sweet treat you could ever order...

We absolutely adore her work – everything about it feels fresh and original. From the gorgeous colour combinations to the use of delicate detailing like spots and lines that create a visual story for the eyes to feast on. We have many of her works already hanging in our homes so we were thrilled when she agreed to create an original piece for our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network

We recently caught up with Hanna to find out more about the piece she has created for this important cause...
What inspires you?
Change of the seasons, the simple things in life, creative people, playfulness.

How did you develop your signature style?
I don't really know, in a way it just happened. I try to focus on things I'm most interested in. Also I try to find something new all the time.
What do you love most about being an artist?
That I can create something from almost nothing and that I can search for new things.

What do fine most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
It gives a good feeling to the whole process, to know that it will help someone. That's the way it should always be in one way or another.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
I did like drawing, perhaps to have time for myself and my thoughts. But I also enjoyed all the plays we created with my sisters, built huts for ourselves and our toys, had fashion shows, sewed clothes, built huge lego towns... Self-made things like that.

What is your 'happy place'?
It's a set of mind, calm but ever changing.

To check out more of hanna's amazing work, head over to her website.

To get your hands on her amazing print (As seen above in the hero image) created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

04 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Min Pin

Hand made, original and crafted with love is what Min Pin is all about. Penny Ferguson - aka Min Pin – has amazing talent across a wide range of disciplines, from painting and illustration to jewellery making. We love her kooky characters and pretty pastel hues and we are so grateful to have an original piece from Min Pin in our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

We caught up with Penny to find out more about what makes her tick...
What inspires you?
Lots of things! All the designers and illustrators that I am into, the worlds of the bands that I love, weird stuff on the internet, dogs! Lots of things. I have an inspo blog online that I try to put all the things I love onto. It's like a mood board I guess for all my favourite things! woweeblog.tumblr.com... Go check it out.

How did you develop your signature style?
I think that my signature style grew out of mash up of all the things above. And over time it just gets further and further away from where I started and hopefully eventually turns into its own thing.

What do you love most about being an artist?
I see myself as a designer primarily, not really an artist. I love art but it doesn't hit me in the same spot as design does. What I absolutely love about being a designer though is getting to visualise new abstract, romantic worlds and feeling the satisfaction of sweet perfection! Haha.

What do you find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
Knowing that if I am spreading something in the world, that it is something good. I think that a lot of mindless rubbish is spread everyday and if I can promote some good vibes and help out where I can, then I am very happy.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
I was a big comic book kid. I didn't really read them but I wrote heaps of them! I would create lots of characters and write these ridiculous storylines. I loved it!

What is your 'happy place'?
My happy place is all of the love I have for my friends and family. To me, nothing beats that.

Check out more of Min Pin's gorgeous artwork over on her website.

To get your hands on her amazing print (as seen above in the hero image) created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

03 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Marie Willumsen

Marie Willumsen is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Copenhagen. Her stunning work is inspired by the minimalistic graphical expressions from Japan and the colours and light from Scandinavia. We can often be found spending hours lost in her works so we are completely honoured to have an original artwork from Marie Willumsen in our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

We caught up with Marie to find out more about her creative processes and what inspired this gorgeous piece she has created for this important cause...
What inspires you?
To travel and look at art inspires me a lot in my work. But what inspires me mostly is contrasts. Contrasts between soft and hard, sharp and round, ugly and pretty. An illustration should always be build up by contrasts - no matter how simple it is. To look at colour combinations also inspires me a lot. That goes in fashion, architecture, decorating and art. It can make me high to see two colours together with just the right colour combination!

How did you develop your signature style?
I’ve always had a weakness for humour, cuteness and graphic tightness in illustrations. So I guess that became my signature style. My style has been the same since I was a kid, but I had a lot of time to develop it while I went to the Danish Design School.

What do you love most about being an artist?
I love the freedom in the job. I have two kids and it’s important for me to have a flexible job so I can be with them the most, while they are little. The art and my firm gives me that. But I also love the fact that I can be creative (almost) every day at work. What a luxury!

What do fine most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
Working with pretty things can seem a little shallow at times. Do the world REALLY need a new print for children rooms? So it’s important for me to support a good cause when I can. And to help with my work, is such a gift.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
My favourite thing was to draw. It stands as a very clear memory for me. When I drew I was in my own world and I had the feeling I could create anything I wanted. To draw was my times iPad. If my parents took me places they could just sit me in a corner with markers and paper and I could draw for hours.

I remember once I asked one of my dads artist friends: “What shall I draw?” and he said: “I want you to draw a giraffe with a TV on its head” I thought it was so weird and so awesome, so I did!

What is your 'happy place’?
My happy place is my tiny little office in Copenhagen. It is MY room, with all my things I love. Things that inspire me, books I love, pictures of my kids, illustrations I’ve made over the years, etc. Everybody should have a room of their own with their own stuff. It’s not fancy, but it’s so me. I love being there.

To see more of Marie's gorgeous work head over to her website.

To get your hands on her amazing print (as seen above in the hero image) created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

02 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Yorkelee Prints

YorkeLee Prints somehow manage to strike that extremely difficult balance between elegance and playfulness perfectly. Their signature style is sleek, modern and delightfully monochrome… oh, with a touch of colour here and there...

Yorkelee's work is aesthetically very beautiful but we love that also speaks to the young at heart through the use of quirky statements and characters woven throughout the designs.

We are honoured to have YorkeLee Prints design an original piece for our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network.

We caught up with Kate to hear more about what inspired this piece...
What inspires you?
Creative people inspire me, people doing what they love, I think collaboration with other creative people really challenges you to better yourself as an artist and I always find it inspiring to work with other amazing artists.

How did you develop your signature style?
I believe that all artists already have their own personal style and that it evolves and progresses over time with exposure to relevant influences and experience.

What do you love most about being an artist?
I love creating, I love getting covered in ink and developing something unique, something special and I love the feeling of knowing you create work that makes other people happy.

What do find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
Again I get such a buzz from knowing people love what I create, I feel very privileged and honored to be in a position to use my work to raise money for such an important cause.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Anything outdoors. Riding my bike, swimming, playing outdoors. We were very active children and used our imagination to entertain ourselves. Our bikes were usually horses….

What is your 'happy place'?
My happy place is home with the family. I’m a big home-body, I love nothing more than lounging or pottering around the house, spending time with the kids and creating new pieces. My happy place when creating my designs is abstract monochrome, I love creating wild, eccentric art, then pulling back and finding the happy medium that suits minimalist interiors.

To check out more of YorkeLee's artwork, you can head over to her website.

To get your hands on YorkeLee's beautiful print created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store.

01 Nov 2015
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'My Happy Place' - Seventy Tree

If you have a little one that was born to be rad, then we recommend decking their bedroom walls with a collection of awesome prints from Seventy Tree. Quirky, original and guaranteed to liven up your walls, we love this beautiful range of prints and posters which is actually made from recycled materials and vegetable-based inks...

We are extremely lucky to have an original artwork created by the talented Seventy Tree and recently caught up to hear more about their work.

What inspires you?
I'm inspired by my life. Freedom, nature, wandering around and seeing little snippets that trigger something inside me - a colour scheme, a pattern... it could be anything. Once I get started on a piece, it usually leads to several other pieces and I work quite obsessively in my own little world (cave!) until I'm happy and suddenly have a whole new collection.

How did you develop your signature style?
Hmm - not easy to answer really! I guess I'm a doodler and a geek, who taught herself how to use photoshop and stumbled her way into making prints from them! That's pretty much how it went. I've never been to art school or anything. I just feel that I have a strong concept for what works - I love colour, nature, texture, pattern... All these things are surrounding me and influence how I work.

What do you love most about being an artist?
I love the freedom and flexibility it gives me - my children are my priority and to be doing something I love and that fits around and in with motherhood is the best. It is also wonderful to watch my teenage daughter flourish in her own art. To see her inspired by what I am doing is a great feeling.

What do find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
I am so happy to be able to use my creativity to help others - I'm honoured to be part of something so important and close to my heart and amidst so many other wonderful and talented people. I really enjoyed creating something for this cause - thank you for asking me!

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Draw! And ride my bike, picnics in the countryside. Lots of things are still the same now I'm 37!

What is your 'happy place'?
My happy place is exactly where I am right now - travelling Europe, living small in our van, with the four people I love most in the world. I am very fortunate to be living this life and have a career that can move with me. Waking up somewhere new every day and going where the wind takes us is blissful.

To see more of Seventy Tree's amazing work head over to their website.

To get your hands on their amazing print (As seen above in the hero image) created exclusively for the show head along to One Fine Baby Sydney from 14-15 November or head over to The Gathered Store from the 14th November 2015.

31 Oct 2015
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