Wood Block & Stencil Prints by Ina Arraoui

Nothing we like more than hand-made low edition art prints. New artist Ina Arraoui from Auckland creates her art prints using traditional wood block & stencil printing techniques. Her first release is a series of mixed media cacti ornaments. Editions of only 4 or 6 per print makes these very special indeed. We have a full set framed up in-store and only a couple of each unframed. Check them out and find out more about Ina Arroui here.


 

New Staff Photos!

Things are changin’! Our furrier mate has gotten bigger, and our team has changed since our last staff pics, (Jenna Smith has been off adventuring with her camera, but is keeping us well stocked with some pretty awesome photographic prints from her travels), so it was time for some fresh pics, just like school photos in the good olds days, only different.

Check out some of the outtakes below – surprisingly out of all three subjects, Cash was the easiest to get to stand still…

Photography by Sarah Starkey

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Sam Kelly, Elliot Alexander, Cash Alexander, Endemic World

And by the way, we have a Print Tech position available. We will be publishing the full job description here on the blog at the end of the week. Stay tuned if you want to work with us!

 

 

Margaret Petchell Exhibition

The exhibition opening on Friday night was enjoyed by all and we want to say a big thanks to sponsors (Little & Friday and Opawa Wines) for providing some seriously delicious F&B on the night.  Margarets show is on until the 18th of April, so come by if you haven’t already to check out her paintings in the real. Thank you to all that came on the night. Good times, great crew and happy art collectors…

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view all of Margaret Petchell’s new paintings & art prints visit us in-store at 62 Ponsonby Road (all will be online soon too) You can view her new Limited Edition Prints online and in store now. Exhibition runs until April 18th.

Images: Sarah Starkey 

 

Gift Guide – NZ’s Most Wanted

Some of our most popular art prints (new and ‘of all time’), plus the best of desirable design from around New Zealand – for someone who’s been a good girl all year…

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Dreamy Ink Moon art print by George Sand Studio - from just $59.

The perfect match – she’ll have sweet dreams in this Contrast Teddy in taupe from Lonely.

 

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Such a great little gift pack! NZ artisan soda syrup, enamel cups and a metal carry crate, all in this Picnic Kit from Six Barrel Soda Co.

Get her something pretty from New Zealand’s most well-known female street artist – this Tui and Hibiscus Giclee art print by Flox is a very limited edition of just 50 copies.

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The marbled look is right on-trend. She’ll dig our Wave Study No. 6 art print by Wild Wagon. Available in sizes right up to a huge A0 poster – so cool.

What woman doesn’t want something sophisticated and special from coveted NZ brand Deadly Ponies? Yeah, we don’t know anyone who doesn’t either.

 

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Blush pink and copper foil journal, oh yes. This is My Year 2016 journal, from MiGoals.

The perfect match – this blush pink and gold foil Nordic Sunset art print, by Duett Design. From only $49!

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One of our all-time best sellers, the contemporary, Scandi-style Grey Blossom art print by Inaluxe. Looks even better framed!

How ’bout something soft and stylish from cult-status-cool brand Kip & Co? This is the Kip & Co Swash cushion, available from LETLIV.

 

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Oh yes. Yes. Now you’re talking. You’re about to be very, very popular indeed. Axel shoes in black from Chaos & Harmony’s new SS16 collection (and one of the collection’s best sellers)

For Ms. Monochrome, our hugely popular Black X art print by Duett Design. Priced from just $39 and looks super hot in a black frame.

 

 

 

 

Gift Guide – Botanic Babe

Plants are the new black. And they’re the finishing touch that – along with art – makes any space come alive. We’ve rounded up the botanical best from NZ online stores, for an epic green-thumbed gift this Christmas.

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•  Something Forgotten photographic print, from just $59. One of a series of super cool, clean and contemporary photographic prints – each featuring a lush photographic scene from a botanic garden within a geometric shape. Available exclusively at endemicworld.

•  Ceramic and brass, yes please. Geodesic wall planters – in a set of two - from Flux Boutique.

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•  Today’s on-trend version of the tradish plant pot – a cloth mini sack. Criss Cross cloth planter bag from Toodles Noodles

• Lively up yourself! We love the super bright colour palette of Cloud Nine’s Green Cactus art print - get it from just $39 at endemicworld

 

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•  Digging the Zen vibe of this Floral risograph art print – handmade by Flox, NZ’s leading NZ female stencil artist. Plus, it’s a limited edition of only 20

•  Hanging planters are having a moment – one of our new faves is the Sgraffito hanging planter, handmade by Tauranga-based boutique brand, JS Ceramics

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•  The avid flower collector has got to have some secateurs for the car, for roadside foraging. From Father Rabbit

•  So pretty and soft - Flowerbomb art print (from an original pencil drawing) by Chloe Ruby, from only $59 unframed.

 

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•  We love the inky, delicate Green Fern art print (shown framed) by George Sand Studio. Comes in a full range of sizes, framed or unframed, at endemicworld.

• Brass mister – to keep all their little plant pals feeling fresh, and looks stylish on the kitchen bench too. From Sill Life.

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•  Seeya later, boring bed. Garden Sheet Set from Club of Odd Volumes, available in NZ from Despite Appearances

Waratah - one of the very latest illustrated prints from loved indie brand Inaluxe. Imagine this as a big A1 poster! (We go right from A4 to A1, even framed, in the Inaluxe range.)

 

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•  Ok, if you’re looking for something really special – something they’ll keep forever – this is it. An ethereal, abstract piece of original photographic art. The piece pictured is titled Invoke - it’s just one of the prints in NZ floral stylist Georgie Malyon’s new photographic series Into the Mystic. Very limited editions of this one – only 7 x A2s, 5 x A1s and just 3 x Ao posters. Starting at $450 – available exclusively at endemicworld.

•  She’s The One – the cutest potted plant, in a limited edition, hand thrown ceramic pot, from Sill Life

 

 

 

Gift Guide: Hot for Him

We got your guy-gifts covered this Chrissy, with a range of art prints the man in your life will love,
and a swag of other well-designed goodies from NZ stores…

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•  For a stylish bedside – black steel alarm clock by international design brand Menu, available from Tim Webber

•  For the guy who loves his bike as much as he loves you - Bike Love art print (also comes in a blue colour-way) by Sarah Parkinson

•  For the surfer - One More Wave art print (available framed or unframed), by Glenn Jones – from endemicworld

•  For the maker – handcrafted waxed canvas (with brass and leather) Maker’s Apron, from NZ’s Hanlon and Howe

•  For the man who rides – coffee table book of custom-designed motorbikes, from Paper Plane

•  For your tattoo and art loving babe - Lover to Lover art print by Wild Wagon, from endemicworld

•  For the design-loving hipster (just don’t call him a hipster) –  The Sea The Sea art print (shown here framed in white) by Sarah Parkinson

•  For the well-groomed and sexy-smelling (or when you want him to be) – gift set with cotton wash bag from Triumph & Disaster

•  For the coffee connoisseur – Coffee Supreme soda syrup, handmade in small batches by Wellington’s Six Barrel Soda Co.

•  For the adventure-seeker - NZ Surf Quest poster, from endemicworld. Featuring scratch-off gold foil markers, so he can keep track of all the best breaks he’s surfed

•  For the lover of skate culture – hand-painted Anchor deck, featuring an original artwork by NZ’s Joe McMenamin (check out more skate deck art here)

•  For the appreciator of a good vintage – retro Stanley (an iconic brand that has been around since 1913) hip flask and shot glass set, available from Good as Gold 

 

Meet the Artists: Amy Wybrow

As a painter crafts scenes with brushes and oils, fine art photographer Amy Wybrow wields light and colour, immortalising their dance in her lens. Her debut series of photographic art prints capture lush plant life, in a style that gives contemporary voice to the Victorian-era art of botanic illustration.

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Amy’s photographic art print series, available framed or unframed in a range of sizes, at endemicworld.


Tell us a bit more about your art print series – where (and how) were the photographs taken, what inspired you to turn these into art prints, and are there more botanic prints in the series still to come?
This collection of art prints is inspired by early botanical illustrations and photographic documentation of the natural world. Flora Conspicua by Richard Morris documents the history of a range of plants, detailing their medicinal uses, growth patterns and native origins. It is from this 1800’s work that I draw inspiration for my latest series of prints of curated flora and fauna, combining this with influences from early botanical illustrations and spending time in my grandmothers’ gardens as a child.

The photography series began with an interest in glass houses, beginning at the heritage-listed Cunningham House in Christchurch Botanical Gardens. I found that the architectural structure of glass houses created a structured contrast to the botanical subjects, the glass providing a muted colour palette and filtered lighting.
There are some further prints to come in this series and will be a matter of spending time on post production.

How would you describe your aesthetic, in 4 words?
Intimate, tranquil, sombre & sentimental.

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Amy photographing and exploring Christchurch’s spectacular Botanical Gardens

Is photography your full-time job, or if not – what is your ‘day job’?
Yes and no, I’m a Photography Teacher by day at secondary level so I am teaching Photography, and using my weekend time for my own work.

In terms of creative projects/new work, what are you working on right now?
I am working on a series of photographs which will be titled – Structure in Nature. This will look at the delicate symmetry of plants and will also be a play on the theme of plants being housed within a man-made structure. As a glass house is an ever-changing world and always evolving, I expect to keep drawing inspiration from these places.

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Amy at work in her light-drenched home studio

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Tell us about a few creatives (from NZ or international) you are personally inspired by?
I have recently discovered the work of Botanical Photographer Daniel Shipp, from Melbourne. I draw inspiration from well known NZ photographers Di ffrench, and Wayne Barrar. One of my favourite photographers would have to be Fiona Pardington for her distinctive portrayal of the natural world.

What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
A dream project for me would be travelling to places like San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew London to collect images and develop ideas.

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Styling and photographing her framed print – Flora Conspicua No.1 – in her home studio space 

Your prints make our walls look good. What’s on your walls at home?
We have a very diverse collection of works, ranging from dark moody Jason Greig prints to beautifully executed floral paintings by Mary Mulholland. I have a collection of Di ffrench photographs that I was lucky enough to work on with her and some Peter Cleverley works on paper. My husband paints and my son photographs a bit, so there is always plenty around.

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Amy’s photographs bring the freshness and femininity of lush botanics into any space (pictured: Something Forgotten framed print)

Shop Amy Wybrow photographic prints here – with free NZ shipping until 30 November

 

Meet the Artists: Lisa Baudry

Lisa Baudry is an Auckland-based creative who, after many years as a successful graphic designer and design studio director, has rediscovered her love and talent for tactile creation. She now works out of her own amazing backyard studio cottage, exploring and developing her style through painting and stencilling, and turning her folk-style art into stylish art prints. 

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Can you tell us a little bit about your process – from concept to the finished print?
For most projects I’ll collect images to create a concept board. I am always pinning to Pinterest or saving on my computer so I have a big image bank of stuff I find inspiring in look and feel.

From there I may make a list of things I want to draw/paint. I have my laptop set up in front of me and usually get my reference straight from the internet using google images. I paint/draw everything as icons that can be scanned into the computer.

This is where my music comes in. It takes a while to get into flow when painting and I need to paint for quite a long time to get familiar with the subject matter. I have to get quite lost in it to paint well. Eventually I’ll have elements that I think I can use. I scan the stuff I like and then play around in Adobe Photoshop to compose an image, or trace/re-draw elements in Illustrator then adjust colours until I’m happy with it. The composing on the computer can take a long time for me!

I like the look of hand-painted work but the flexibility to edit on my mac.

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Scenes from Lisa’s studio – creating painterly elements for a new artwork 

What are you working on at the moment?
I took an online course last year to develop my artwork, there were ten assignments altogether which lasted a week each. I am part of an online group who are re-working their assignments at their own pace, with another year of growth we are seeing if we can improve our work. The one I’m re-doing at the moment is a cover illustration for the Aesop Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare.


What has been your most exciting/inspiring/rewarding creative project to date?
One of my projects this year was to paint directly onto a cross-section of wood. I had to design something that worked for a circular format. I looked at a lot of chinoiserie plates (willow pattern). I love the ultramarine blue, but I wanted to create something that had local imagery. I had been up at Bastion Point for Waitangi Day and out in the Waitemata Harbour that summer sailing so those experiences were woven into the design. What I painted for that assignment became the background for the Kaimoana art prints that I now have at Endemicworld.

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Two of four from Lisa’s Kaimoana series of art prints

Beside art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
Sew. I love to make things with my hands, and sewing is something I learnt as a child that I always loved doing. When I had my daughter, five years ago I started sewing again. I use vintage patterns mostly but have just started learning pattern drafting which is really interesting for me.

Getting outside to explore and roam either at the coast or in the bush. Camping and cooking on fires outside in summer is a love. Probably my idea of fun is to light a fire, sit around, sing and tell stories. I think I belong to another time sometimes.

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Two of Lisa’s sweet little sewn creations

What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
I have lots! Wallpaper! Textiles! Ceramics! Collab with an established design houses. My own exhibition.
Food illustrations for a recipe book that celebrates home-cooking from scratch or outdoor cooking in the wild.

When are you at your most creative?
When I’m well rested.

I’m learning how valuable time away from the work is, probably equally as important as time working on it. I need fresh eyes and a fresh mind to see what I’m doing. It’s been a long journey to learn the importance of self-care as an artistic person. Getting enough sleep, getting outside, having a good routine and staying positive are some of the self-care stuff I have to keep coming back to.

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Lisa is lucky enough to now have her own studio, recently built  in her backyard. Inspired by NZ’s iconic back country camping huts, it features recycled windows and doors and has wooden floors and whitewash walls inside.

What’s one thing you couldn’t do without when you’re creating?
Music.

Creatives give the best recommendations: Tell us about a good movie to see, a book to read, a website to check out, somewhere we should visit…
It’s not a recent one, but the wonderful Bright Star by Jane Campion. Poetry, Love, Sewing. Unbelievably beautiful and moving story of John Keats and Fanny Brawn.

Last year I churned my way through so many books on food and diet. The ones that stood out were Michael Pollan’s. He’s a US food intellectual who speaks powerfully about eating what he calls ‘real food”, the stuff that you’ve cooked yourself from scratch, respecting food traditions and avoiding scientific reductionism in regards to what we eat. In Defence of Food and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation are amazing reads.

This Ivy House  is a beautifully curated site which the creator describes as: “A haven for faded beauty, artful neglect & stylish dilapidation.”

Somewhere to visit: The Antique Textile Fair. I go every year – it’s a buzz.

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Lisa’s latest series of folk-style kitchen art prints are inspired by her love and respect for good wholesome food.
Both designs are available in two colourways (we love that!)

Explore all Lisa Baudry art prints at endemicworld

 

 

 

Photography by Vernon Rive and Lisa Baudry