A new ground breaking app designed by Nerida Hansen has just been launched and it’s so exciting to be involved. As an artist and designer of surface designs, having the ability to showcase work to buyers looking for art is not the easiest part of freelancing. Nerida has cleverly created a space for artists to showcase their work to an audience of buyers needing new designs. No agents needed, just direct communication between the two parties, if a buyer likes something. Without access to the overseas design fairs, this platform is going to give surface designers like myself, fantastic opportunities that probably would not have happened. Thank you Nerida!
Well this is exciting. One of my prints, which is exclusive to Blue Thumb has been selected for their trend alert curation featuring CURVES. Look out for my piece on page 2!
Thanks for featuring this piece Blue Thumb. I love your platform. There are so many great artists to choose from and I feel honoured to be picked. Art is vital to making home feel like home. There are 19 pieces in my plant series that all coordinate as a cohesive group. The pieces are really well priced and framing can be taken care of by Blue Thumb too. This makes purchasing a piece super easy.
Lockdown has meant more time to be creative. Not that I needed much of an excuse! I have created a range of limited edition art prints inspired by plants and pots from my mum’s courtyard garden. Believe me when I say it…she can grow anything. Her collection of plants is vast. It’s like sitting in a wildly exotic greenhouse. I love being there because I can draw plants, but I certainly can’t grow them and she is super proud of her collection.
I am excited to share this collection. Each piece is A3 in size, on good stock, and signed and numbered on the front. You can choose framing to suit. There are 19 pieces. All mix and match too. Have fun looking. And if you buy one, thank you 🙂
I love how the universe sometimes puts you in touch with the right person at the right time. As a designer, I have been ticking off mini goals in getting my surface designs out there for people to buy. My first foray into the world of surface design was opening my Redbubble store. It has some good sellers each month but is definitely passive income that ticks over nicely. I add new designs monthly just to keep it feeling fresh. My next estore was opening a Spoonflower account. This shop has many designs and many collections and I have quite a wide variety of sales each month from people buying upholstery, dress fabrics to stretch Lycra for leggings and swimwear. And a big chunk of bag designers are using my designs to be sold on Etsy and at markets. I love the mix of customers and the fact that people around the globe are my customers.
One of my most exciting collaborations came about because of instagram and this is the universe bit I mentioned. The owner of Two Green Zebras liked a design of mine on Instagram so I boldly got in touch asking him if they needed any new designs. The answer was a resounding yes and so far I am proud to say I have sold 22 designs with them, with another drop coming soon. They love my Australian inspired designs and are always open to new additions.
I have been involved with two other collaborations which are still a little bit secret but watch this space. More will be revealed soon and I am so excited. I never take what I do for granted. I eat, sleep, breathe textile design so it’s good to know my work is not really work at all. I am living my passion. I have some big goals to achieve and after a chance meeting this morning, I am crossing fingers something comes of it.
Some of my favourite Australian designs are in a collection that I created for the Sydney Design Studio, Emily Ziz. The studio supplies designs for use as wallpaper, upholstery, wall art and floor coverings and they work closely with an array of Australian artists. Any design can be adapted in scale and colour way and is made to order, which means there is no waste and orders are printed on demand. Emily Ziz services the hospitality, care, retail and commercial sector including and not limited to hotels, airports, aged care, hospitals and child care and restaurants. If you have a project that you would like a mix of beautiful Australian designs to feature in, Emily Ziz has a variety of options.
Here is a mood board I created for the studio featuring my designs, some stripes, plain dyed fabrics and Taubmans paint swatches from Bunnings. Beautiful little hand painted buttons are from the V and A design museum in London. The mood board has wallpaper and fabric swatches showing the scale and what the repeat looks like. Link attached to these and other designs.