'My Happy Place' - Andrea Kang

Andrea Kang is a freelance illustrator, designer, toy maker and all round magic maker. She graduated with her Masters from the Rhode Island School of Design and, since, has created a world filled with stoic bears and creatures that make you yearn to be young again...

We are beyond excited that Andrea created this original artwork specially for our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network. And to top it off, we recently caught up with Andrea to find out more about her work, dreams and inspirations...
What inspires you?
So many different things, but if I had to name a few, nature, memories, awkward moments in time, and traveling.

How did you develop your signature style?
Years of playing around and experimenting with all different types of characters and mediums. I then decided on what parts I liked best and then consistently created around those ideas. From there, a style naturally evolved with time.

What do you love most about being an artist?
Being able to wake up and do what I love everyday. Also, being able to connect with all different types of people through my illustrations and toys.

What do you find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
That I can contribute a visual experience to the community that may help brighten someone’s day.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Building forts with pillows, blankets, sofa cushions, and chairs and then eating, playing, and napping in them.

What is your 'happy place’?
A waterfront view in a quiet house with a selection of delicious desserts + tea.

You can check out more of Andrea's gorgeous artwork over on her website.

To get your hands on her 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.

30 Oct 2015
my happy place
art and design
prints

'My Happy Place' - Yeka Haski

If we had to describe the work of a Yeka Haski with only two words we’d choose the words smile magnets. Fun, bold and chock-a-clock full of character, Yeka manages to brilliantly translate vivid imagination and love of life into rad illustrations, designs and artworks that have actually been featured in galleries around the world and used in campaigns for brands such as Reebok and Vogue...

We adore the work of a Yeka Haski and are truly honoured to have an original piece created especially for our My Happy Place Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network. We ask Yeka a few questions about her amazing work...

What inspires you?
It can be anything. Simple things contain so much inspiring stuff: colours, shapes, ideas. Just look around. And also people: they are so different universes, sources of incredible thoughts, wishes and behaviour.

How did you develop your signature style?
Step by step, I think it's a long way with no finish line : )

What do you love most about being an artist?
Everything!

What do fine most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
It's great in general: to feel that someone besides me needs it in a good cause.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
It started when I was a kid and continues now - drawing and creating : )

What is your 'happy place'?
For me it's not a particular place but a state of mind and friends.

To check out more of Yeka'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 from the 14th November 2015.

29 Oct 2015
my happy place
art and design
prints

'My Happy Place' - Muxxi

Muxxi is an illustrator of magical creatures. Born and based in Guatemala City, Muxxi’s unusual characters and creatures have given her a cult following around the world and we too have fallen victim to the charm of her creations. Her quirky images aim is to spread joy to whoever sees it and we are absolutely honoured to have one of her bright, lively and ultra radical pieces included in our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

We caught up with Muxxi to find out more about her work and the piece she has designed especially for us...
What inspires you?
I have a strong attraction for cute things, peculiar plants and vegetation, the enigmatic space stars and clouds, the mountains, the rain… there’s so much beauty around us to not take advantage of it.

How did you develop your signature style?
Everything came so natural, I used to draw every day and try different techniques, I was very interested in character design so everything started from there.

Experimenting is something that helped me a lot, it is good to try new things and see how everything gets transformed and evolves.

What do you love most about being an artist?
That I can create anything I want, everywhere, anytime and I can live doing what I love. Working with amazing and creative people and to learn from others has been really great as well.

What do you find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
We can create a better world if we start helping each other, I couldn’t be complete if I don’t share what I love with others, so if this is going to make someone happy that’s the best reward for me.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
I used to climb onto the roof of my house and talk with my sister for hours and take our favourite toys and candies with us… Oh, I miss those days!

What is your 'happy place'?
My home!

To see more of Muxxi's amazing work visit 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.

28 Oct 2015
my happy place
art and design
prints

'My Happy Place' - Mulga

It's hard not to have your eyes and heart stolen as soon as you encounter a rad, larger than life artwork from Mulga. Mulga is Joel Moore, a Sydney based artist, freelance illustrator and poet who paints murals, designs t-shirts and runs the Mulga brand. He left his finance job in March 2014 to focus exclusively on the making of the art. Take that big bad corporate world!

Known for his unique style of intricate line work & bright colours, Mulga’s art brings to life a world where tropical bearded men run rampant, lions smoke tobacco pipes, tigers wear diamond sunglasses and gorillas rule the world like some kind of funky planet of the apes. We are honoured to have Mulga create this original artwork specially for our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

He even wrote a little poem about his print...

An Ode to Betty the Rabbit - By Mulga

Betty the rabbit was a rabbit so cool
Her favourite style was the cool old school

On her old style cruiser she would ride around town
Chatting to everyone she met and never with a frown

Her most happy place was riding through the hills
Amongst the tulips and freesias and daffodils

She would pack her hamper lunch and under a nice tree
Meet her friends for a picnic of food, giggles and glee

After lunch they would lie back and gaze into the sky
And looks for shapes in the clouds up there so high

Once they saw a dragon doing a jig
And another time they saw a unicorn wearing a wig

The End

We caught up with Mulga to find out a little bit more about his wild imaginative and super vivid world.

What inspires you?
Cool characters and patterns and animals and nature and beards.

How did you develop your signature style?
It is a process of being inspired by certain things along the journey of artmaking. I guess keeping your eyes open to what you see around the place.

What do you love most about being an artist?
Being able to create something out of nothing is a good feeling. Doing what I love for a job is the best.

What do fine most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
It's cool that I can use my creativity to make a difference in the world.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Riding my bike around the place and going to the beach and on the boat.

What is your 'happy place'?
I love going to the beach and swimming and surfing and being in the sun. Summer times are the best times.

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

To get your hands on Mulga's 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.

27 Oct 2015
art and design
my happy place

'My Happy Place' - Pax & Hart

Stepping into a room adorned with prints from the marvelous Pax & Hart is like stepping into the inner sanctum of a child’s mind. The company is based in Melbourne with owner Emma Labattaglia as the designer. Her beautiful illustrations and paintings are super cool and are inspired by her own two children called Pax and Hart...

We are honoured to have an original piece from Pax & Hart included in our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network. We caught up with Emma to find out more about her work and what inspired this particular piece of work.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by the idealism of keeping the imagination I had as a child. Life is too serious otherwise. I see beauty in the imperfections. I love children's art, a playful drawing with no emphasis being put on the outcome, or an old worn out chair, over a new.

How did you develop your signature style?
It has taken me a long time to figure out my style. And Im sure I will continue to learn what it is! Even years after studying I was still uncertain. When I let go of trying to figure out what it was, what I wanted it to be, and worrying what other people would think, that is when I found something which was totally me. It is a really nice feeling to have.

What do you love most about being an artist?
The thing I love most about being an artist is that I feel like a child playing in my own little world. I get to create and express in a way I feel really comfortable with.

What do fine most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
To be able to contribute my art for a good cause is what it is all about. I feel lucky enough that I get to be myself and do something I enjoy. But, to be able to do it and make a difference to other peoples lives, I would do it 100 times over.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
My favourite thing to do as a child was draw, and to watch my Opa draw and paint in his studio. Although I often remember trying to do the ‘perfect’ drawing, and it would worry me if it wasn’t. I now view perfect as something very different.

If my kids want to make art, I am really conscious of creating an environment where they don’t feel like it has to be ‘perfect’, or look like anything at all really. Well, I try to teach them that with everything they do. I also remember I loved making cubby houses outside, preferably up in a tree.

What is your 'happy place'?
My happy place would be outdoors with my kids, not being distracted by anything else. At the beach or watching them play outside. I do treasure my alone time too, when it's totally quiet and I can create. That makes me feel truly happy and content.

To see more of Pax & Hart'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.

26 Oct 2015
my happy place
art and design
prints

'My Happy Place' - Anny Who

Anny Who, that is who! We've long been fans of the striking, colourful and iconic creations this conceptual lifestyle brand creates with fresh design for all ages. Always unique and always pushing the boundaries, we are always exited to see what their new collection entails. Anny Who was founded in late 2013 by Anna and Anne Wetzel Wendlandt and we are absolutely honoured to have them create an original artwork specially for our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

We caught up with the team from Anny Who to find out a little more about the beautiful piece they have created for the exhibition.
What inspires you?
We love to experiment with different materials and techniques of drawing, painting and printing in order to get unexpected results. Most recently we made marbled paper together which was a lot of fun and inspired us for some new products.

We also used some of the textures for our happy place poster. We're also inspired by nature, by travelling as well as fashion and art. We try to visually soak up everything around us and come up with new ideas wherever we go.

How did you develop your signature style?
It´s a mixture between Anne's and Anna's style. Each of us had our very own design style before we started Anny Who, it was very exciting to bring them both together. Anne is very much into illustration and details, while Anna's designs are more abstract and avant-garde. We both come from different design branches – Anne has had her own business as a graphic designer and illustrator for several years and Anna has her roots in fashion design.

The two directions make a great combination for our brand. We create most of our designs together, working with collage techniques: both of us are doing their part and then we mix it together into one design. That´s how we create the Anny Who signature style.

What do you love most about being an artist?
We love having the freedom to decide what to create next. Giving our ideas a space and letting them grow and then holding the finished product in our hands in the end is very rewarding.

What do fine most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
This is the first time we're taking part in a charity project, so it is a wonderful new experience for us. We had a lot of fun working on the project, since we love kids and we're honoured to be part of this great exhibition. We're definitely inspired to do more non-profit art in order to help make the world a happier place.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
We both grew up in suburban areas so we loved being outside in the garden, swim in a lake or stroll through the woods, building caves or wooden animals out of sticks and branches. Drawing, painting, crafting and being creative in any way has always been a big part of us, since we were kids.

What is your 'happy place'?
Besides being in our happy homes, we're happiest when surrounded by nature – the beach, the forest, the fields. Fresh air and sunshine fills up our batteries with lots of good energy.

To see more of Anny Who's work, head over to their website.

To get your hands on their 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.

25 Oct 2015
my happy place
art and design
prints

'My Happy Place' - Blacklist

Blacklist is a studio run by dreamers for dreamers. Founded in 2008 by ultra cool husband and wife team Nathan and Jaynie Johnson, Blacklist produces a range of distinctive text-based art prints (often beautifully foiled), stationery and other gorgeous paper products. We are constantly hanging or gifting their iconic prints around our homes and we’re not about to stop. So it goes without saying that we are very chuffed to have the Blacklisters on our A-List for the 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

We caught up the team to hear more about the unique piece they have created just for us!
What inspires you?
Probably anything and everything… I love seeing what people are making, creating, building. I am constantly looking at fashion, music, magazines, nature, surfing, and the web for inspiration. There’s so much out there on social media too.

How did you develop your signature style?
I spent about 10 years designing in the magazine industry so learnt quickly how to work under and learn from other art directors, and then become an art director myself. I love working really fast-paced, so I think it just came naturally from having to work in tight deadlines all the time. I have a real love for anything natural, grungy, unforced and messy, so that definitely helps with what I love to create.

In terms of hand lettering with ink and brush, I have been doing this style since I was in design school in 1999/2000 (it definitely wasn’t as “cool” back then as it is now! ha) so it’s nice now to be able to concentrate on that and work it into our own Blacklist products and also bigger AD agency clients.

What do you love most about being an artist?
The freedom to create whatever you like, and being about to integrate in your beliefs and thoughts into your work.

What do fine most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
There’s something quite beautiful about creating something with your hands so that others can benefit. That in itself it quite rewarding.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
I loved drawing and painting from pretty early on.

What is your 'happy place’?
Surfing in the ocean without a doubt.

To check out more amazing work from Blacklist, visit 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.

24 Oct 2015
my happy place
art and design
prints

'My Happy Place' - Laura Blythman

Chipper, chatty and chomping on life is always how we feel after immersing ourselves in the work of designer, illustrator and creative director Laura Blythman. Her bright, vivacious paper collage style has garnered her a legion of fans from around the world, including us! We are thrilled to have an original piece from Laura included in our 'My Happy Place' Art Exhibition in support of the Dandelion Support Network...

We recently caught up with this wonder of a talent to find out more about the piece she has created for us...
What inspires you?
My works are inspired by vibrant colour, texture, paper, my crazy colourful dreams, childhood memories and of course, nature - real and imagined.

How did you develop your signature style?
I think my style has just naturally developed over the past 11 or so years that I've been working as a designer / Illustrator. It's never really been a conscious thing.

What do you love most about being an artist?
I love the place my mind goes to when I'm working on new art, it's really calming and therapeutic. It's definitely my happy place. I also love sharing the happiness. Hearing that my work has brightened someones day is the best ever feeling.

What do find most rewarding about using your art for a good cause?
There are a lot of causes that are close to my heart, it's great to have something I can offer to help out in anyway I can.

What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Draw intricate floorplans of my dream homes. Play really in depth and imaginative make believe games in the back yard for hours and hours with my siblings. Cut and paste and create.

What is your 'happy place'?
Spending time with my 4 year old little dude, Alexander or when I am creating art.

To see more of Laura Blythman's amazing work head over to her 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.

23 Oct 2015
my happy place
art and design
prints

'My Happy Place' Exhibition

We are very excited to launch 'My Happy Place', an exhibition to support the very important work of the Dandelion Support Network. We have been working with 22 amazing artists from around the world to create 22 original pieces of art. Each artist has created a piece based on the theme of "My Happy Place", which will be unveiled at the Sydney One Fine Baby show from November 14-15. The prints will be available for sale at the exhibition and online via The Gathered Store from that date, with all sale proceeds going to this important charity. Over the next three weeks we will be sharing each of the amazing artists with you along with the beautiful artworks that they have created for this very special cause. LG x

One Fine Baby Sydney will be held at Australian Technology Park (ATP) in inner city Sydney, on the 14th and 15th of November 2015.

The two day event brings together the ultimate edit of super stylish vendors in pregnancy, child and parent related industries that will inspire and inform expectant parents who are starting a family, or families with young children. With over 70 must-have brands to choose from including fashion, designer baby goods, interiors, stationery and arts and crafts the fair also creates a perfect pre-Christmas shopping experience under the one roof. A petting zoo, jumping castle, , live kids entertainment with Play Along with Sam & Meet and Greets with Peppa Pig, kid friendly café, great coffee, and a VIP mummy zone where mums can sit back, relax and enjoy a little pampering, makes this is a family-fun day not to be missed.

We are honoured to be able to help contribute to the incredible work of the Dandelion Support Network. The Dandelion Support Network collect, sort, clean and safety check pre-loved nursery equipment and children’s clothes for distribution to families in need through hospitals and support agencies across Sydney.

The organisation works to enrich and connect communities by restoring giving to the everyday and to help create ‘A Happy Place’ for families in need.

We would also like to say a massive thank you to our amazing sponsors who have helped make the show possible: Blacklist for the frames, Civic Copying for the printing and 8 Foot walls for the wallpaper installation.

23 Oct 2015
art and design
one fine baby
my happy place

Jiwoon Pak

Jiwoon Pak is an illustrator and artist based in Seoul, South Korea. Her work is inspired by Korea's traditional folk painting scene, where the subject of the pieces (be it animals, plants or people) have a symbolic meaning like wisdom, wealth and longevity...

There is no doubt about it, Pak's work is beautiful and very distinct, which she is able to achieve though masterfully using digital mediums to re-interpret the colours and impressions used in traditional paintings.

We've selected a few of our favourite pieces but you can check out her full portfolio here.

20 Oct 2015
art and design
mountains

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