Paper Plants

Plants don't get enough respect as vibrant, zaney sci-fi monsters. They pre-date humans and most definitely partied with the dinosaurs long ago...

Alas, we are totally into these papery Dr Suess-esque paper plants from artist duo Adam Frezza and Terry Chiaozza. Mixing a little wild with nature, these sculptures portray a fantastical plant life... all made from good ole’ paper mache.

With vibrant colours, fascinating textures and odd-ball shapes these plastered plants were inspired by the parallels between horticulture and art-making.

These fictional plant forms read like three-dimensional botanical illustrations in an everyday landscape from outer space, or from a pre-historic time when all of the earth’s organisms were finding their place.

Adam Frezza and Terry Chiaozza have been working together since 2011, “exploring play and craft across a range of media” ... which includes not only these crazy plants, but also a range of other absurd creations.

See more of their work here.

21 Sep 2014
art and design


Packed with dinosaurs, he-men and robots galore, 20/20 is an artistic project created by Argentine artist Lucas Mongiello, which aims to gives life back to old toys rescued from flea markets and garage sales around Paris...

Mongiello then mixes and matches his collected characters to build a stunning formation of figurines under brilliant Napoleon III glass. And what an intriguing spectacle they become.

See more from Lucas Mongiello here.

20 Sep 2014
art and design

Brett Kenart Sculptures

They look light as a feather and full of hot air. But admirers beware, these bubbly dinosaurs are not as they seem...

American artist Brett Kern is renowned for making detailed ceramic objects that at first glance dead-set look like cheap inflatable toys from a sideshow alley.

All the tell-tale wrinkles and details are there and come together in brilliant formation to create dinosaurs, astronauts, balloons, and even whoopie cushions - all made from clay.

You can see more of Kern’s work in his gallery, and he has several pieces available in his Etsy shop.

14 Sep 2014
art and design

Mr T-Rex

Scary? No. Friendly? Most definitely. This T-Rex print from Berkley Illustration is teeming with personality and flair. Get your own to hang right here.

12 Sep 2014
art and design

Blooming Beautiful

Seeing flowers for more than just they are is a tough challenge given what divine specimens they are in their natural form. But when a bunch of blossoming blooms are coupled with a selection of hand-illustrated woodland critters, the results are even more beautiful. These lovely flower prints from Kari Herer are available to purchase here.

30 Aug 2014

Showcase - Daniela Dahf Henríquez

Welcome to the wonderfully colourful world of Daniela Dahf Henríquez, a Chile based illustrator who fills her days with beautiful drawings of bears in sweaters, chattering birds and deer in floral crowns...

What started out as a hobbie for Daniela soon turned into something much bigger. "People began contacting me to buy pictures or to order jobs, or to invite me to participate in projects." Since she started illustrating full time in 2011 Daniela has worked with various brands and publications like L'affiche Moderne of Paris, Teelocker from Hong Kong, Pappa Issue blog and Frankie magazine.

We caught up with Daniela to find out more about what inspires her illustrations...
What is your background?
I have no artistic training; the truth is that I studied Pedagogy with a major in History and Geography at the University of the city where I live. That was for 5 years, until I decided that it was not what I really liked.

Since 2009, I have been dedicated to drawing, at first as a hobby. I started publishing my artwork on my Flickr page without much expectation but to share what I liked to do. At first, my artwork was quite simple; it just had clean lines without much colour, but over time I learned a lot on my own and by observing; I think that's fundamental.

Thanks to the Internet, I have met many illustrators of various styles that I admire for the quality of their work. I really like the work of Lieke van der Vorst (Liekeland), Katt Frankk, Lizzie Stewart, Michelle Morin, Yoshitomo Nara, Sarah Burwash, Marcela Quiroz, Antonio Soares (who makes fashion illustration), Felicita Sala, and Carson Ellis among many others. Perhaps in the near future I would like to study something related to illustration to improve my work.

What do you love most about what you do?
I think it is to able to do what I really like, having put a career on hold to devote my time to what really makes me happy, the feeling of freedom which this job gives me. Through my drawings I have been able to relate to people in other countries, and I’m able to express the things that happen to me, work from home, while being quiet and letting my mind create!

What inspires your artwork?
I am inspired by animals, fashion, nature, people close to me, the situations of everyday life, music, an image that for me looks pretty nice, delicacy, simplicity, soft colours.

You work a lot in pencil, is this your favourite medium to work with?
I love working with watercolours and pencils, I think they give a distinction to what an artist does, more dedication, the picture looks different. I use some fairly inexpensive, not very professional material, even so I love it.

I do not utilise too many digital techniques, but recently I began painting with photoshop, which I actually use the least, I much prefer using pencil. All my work is handmade, then if necessary, scanned, retouched in Photoshop, cleaned, adjusted, etc. to then post it on my Flickr, Pinterest or Instagram pages.

Daniela Dahf Henríquez

Daniela Dahf Henríquez

If you were a kid in Chile, where is the first place you'd go?
I’ve always loved the beach. My city is not located on the coast, so I think if I was a child, I would love going there since it would mean something totally new for me!

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always liked to draw, since my early years. I loved drawing houses and people. I used to fill notebooks with houses in perspective. I even designed small cardboard models. I wanted to be an architect or a designer. By accident, I ended up studying something very different.

If you were to design a hat for a cat to wear to tea party what would it look like?

You can find some of Daniela's beautiful prints available for purchase at The Gathered Store.

28 Aug 2014
creative showcase
art and design

Flower Folding

It’s petally, it’s pretty and it’s packed full of perfect. Introducing the one, the only, the beautiful Paper To Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell...

Proof that paper flowers are always in season, this dazzling book will show you how to make over 75 whimsical paper flowers by hand.

From tulips and daisies, to roses and poppies, no matter what your favourite bloom is, you can now fold up an everlasting bouquet to grace your home.

Filled with beautiful photography, this book features simple accessible ideas, over-the-top aspirational ideas, and everything in between.

You’ll learn how to make playful party decorations, luscious bouquets, and sophisticated floral centrepieces… all from a few sheets of tissue and crepe paper.

The book itself is a delight to look at. It begins with a lush gallery of images to inspire your own creations including a flower inspired by a Dr. Seuss book, beautiful floral table decorations and a gallon of gorgeous gift tag garnishes.

Relative to how beautiful these flowers look, you will be shocked how easy they are to create. And what’s better, these marvels don’t require watering and won't wilt in a million years.

Paper To Petal is available to purchase here.

25 Aug 2014
art and design

Snowy Woods

Hanging at eye level in the perfect window-esque style of frame, this limited edition print by Four Wet Feet Design could easily lull you into thinking you’re gazing through the window of cozy cabin in Scotland. Aptly titled ‘Birch Woods in Winter’ this beautiful print is available to purchase here.

22 Aug 2014

Creative Showcase - In My Backyard

New Zealand illustrator Katie Wilson aka In My Backyard spends her days capturing moments of nature in water colour. Birds, leaves and leisurely snails flitter across the paper leaving a soft trail of dewy tones behind...

"I have a degree in graphic design and illustration and have spent the last few years working in museums and art galleries. I’ve been drawing and making things for as long as I can remember."

Listing her likes as "Overcast days, avocados, walking her over-enthusiastic dog, dreaming of an abundant vegetable garden and collecting twigs" Katie finds inspiration at her doorstep, working in a little old house with a big backyard in Christchurch.

We caught up with Katie to find out more about what inspires her lovely drawings...
What do you love most about what you do?
Whether I am doing a self directed project or a commissioned illustration, I love the whole process, from idea generation to seeing the final product. Getting feedback from happy customers is a wonderful feeling and I think I even like doing my accounts!

What inspires your illustrations?
Plants, animals and nature - all the things I find in my backyard

Everything you make is handmade - what does this add to your work?
I find the unpredictability and impurities of the handmade so inspiring, this comes through in the textures and shapes I create and it gives my work an extra depth.

If you were a kid in Christchurch where is the first place you'd go?
It’s the middle of a cold and dreary winter here, so perhaps I would go to the glasshouse in Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens, it is so tropical and warm there that there are bananas growing!

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a vet, or work with animals. Now I draw them instead.

If you were to design the ultimate tree house what would it look like?

To see more of Katie's beautiful work visit her etsy store.

09 Aug 2014
art and design
creative showcase

The Mind’s Eye

Taking a casual stroll in the woods, then WHAM. Your eyes are suddenly captured and your mind completely boggled...

This tree-inspired installation by Jan Imberi is simplistic yet highly impactful. Whoever thought white paint on trees could challenge your perception of reality so dramatically?

Depending on the camera angle or viewing point, the mind’s eye not only sees a floating white mural suspended in the forest, but also a room-within-a-room look with a unique sense of depth. Almost like a tunnel you could step inside and wander away through. Cray cray.

08 Aug 2014
art and design