Auckland writer and artist Zee Southcombe has published an astonishing 12 books in the last two years, and usually has a few creative projects on the go. Her works include children’s chapter books, a wordless picture book, colouring books, a children’s anthology, and zines, as well as her surrealist, emotive paintings…
Born in Zamora, Spain, Nelson artist and illustrator Ana Aceves has many strings to her bow, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a background in graphic design and art direction.
Waiotemarama Willow Pattern is a print by Allan Gale, created in his studio in the secluded bush valley at Waitomarama, South Hokianga. The kauri wood used to make this print is hand carved and printed using a traditional technique.
A contemporary art print by Hawke’s Bay artist Millie Strong, featuring a pencil and watercolor drawing of the wise and mysterious great horned owl.
Auckland printmaker Holly Roach has released a new set of digital prints on wood, featuring her original illustrations Kina + Pied Stilt, Dotterel, Midnight on Kauri, and Fantail + Ferns. Measuring 14cm square, the blocks are available for $25 each and make a stunning collection for a feature wall at home or at the bach!
This year Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (often called simply Alice in Wonderland) turns 150 years old. We take a look at the inspiration this engaging children’s book has provided Felt’s makers…
Graphic designer and illustrator Katie Wilson takes inspiration from the microcosmos of life in her backyard, capturing it in beautiful, delicate watercolours and whimsical textile products. Katie is a founding member of the Felt community and can be found at many of Christchurch’s maker markets. She loves overcast days, avocados, walking her over-enthusiastic dog, dreaming of an abundant vegetable garden and collecting twigs.
Designer Bayley Collins lives in Grey Lynn, Auckland, with her husband (whom she married in Las Vagas last September), two cats, Ziggy and Zues, and an imminent new arrival. Combining her love of collage and illustration to create collections for her birdinabunnysuit label is her dream job. Her mission: portraying animals with personality.
Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood
By Gavin Bishop · Reviewed by Anne Mortimer
With a “to be read” queue that will take me easily into retirement, Piano Rock immediately drew me in thanks to the beautiful silhouettes, line drawings and watercolour illustrations that pepper the bite-sized chapters. However more importantly, this was 1950s spelt correctly, with no superfluous apostrophes thank you very much.
Intricate brush strokes and delightful detail are the hallmark of Auckland artist Lizzie Thomas’ talented hand. Her shop, ellaQuaint, is filled with charming illustrations of birds, woodland creatures (Timorous Beasties), marine life (Aquatic Beasties) and all manner of whimsical imagery.