Our Artists

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith is a Sydney-based illustrator whose charm-filled, hands-on work recalls a lost innocence rarely seen in today’s fast-paced times. Hers is a world rich in storytelling; each illustration drawing the viewer in to take a closer look, resulting in an unexpected (yet always welcome) ‘smile in the mind.’ With her exquisite attention to detail, skill and acute capability to bring any given brief to life, Andrea is highly sought after by a wide variety of clients. From the ‘larger’ jobs to the ‘smaller’, Andrea works across a broad range of mediums to ensure that each piece has its own unique ‘voice’; the only commonality an inspired sense of discovery in every detail. Having studied both fashion and design, Andrea’s handmade collages are often assembled from her large collection of hand painted papers, giving new life to forgotten tactile beauty. It’s this one-of-a-kind charm seen throughout Andrea’s illustrations - whether collage, watercolour, screen printing, line drawing or painted work - that capture the imagination and give it flight in ways that words often can’t. You can see more of Andrea Smith's work at: www.andreasmith.com.au

Andrea Smith

Claire Ishino

Claire Ishino creates joyful artworks inspired by botanical forms, pattern and colour that lift your spirits and fill your home and heart with happiness. She loves connecting with people and listening to their stories, and often uses the shapes and forms of flowers and leaves as visual metaphors to express different thoughts and feelings or to convey messages. Claire works from her home-studio in Adelaide and produces original gouache or acrylic paintings and black and white ink drawings. She enjoys exhibiting her work through local galleries and at design events such as Bowerbird and the Finders Keepers. Claire’s work is informed by several years she spent living and working in Japan, surrounded by beautiful colours and textures of Japanese washi paper, kimono fabrics, kabuki costumes and woodblock prints. Her works are happy, graphic florals with sometimes surprising colour combinations, clean lines and attention to details reflective of her background in jewellery design. More recently Claire is inspired by the things closest to home - native plants and flowers observed in her surrounding environment. www.claireishino.com

Claire Ishino

Inaluxe

Inaluxe is an independent art studio combining the talents of fine artists Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd. Kristina originally started Inaluxe in 2006 as an online presence for various art projects. Over time Jason joined Inaluxe allowing the duo a chance to explore ideas, and concepts they first talked about in art school where they met. As a result, in early 2010 Inaluxe shifted home base from a city environment to the tranquil setting of a small town home studio close to the Grampians National Park. This new chapter in the Inaluxe story saw renewed productivity, in part inspired by their new locale, and some stylistic breakthroughs. In a short period of time Inaluxe produced a series of new works and since 2010 Inaluxe has broadened the fine art experience with a series of product collaborations. Inaluxe are passionate about quality control and their philosophy for the creative process is simple: Use the best materials possible, and be responsible and sustainable in production practice. Artist and illustrator Kristina Sostarko is the founder and co-owner of Inaluxe, originally formed in 2006 as an online presence for Kristina's various design projects. Kristina loves minimalism, which at times might seem to conflict with her love of found objects, inspired collectables, nifty footwear and designer bags. Artist and Illustrator Jason Odd is the Ying to Kristina's Yang at Inaluxe headquarters. After deserting his arts background to focus on a mild career as a music historian Jason returned to the art world in 2010 when he joined Kristina's blossoming art project Inaluxe. As well as keeping busy with inaluxe Kristina and Jason freelance on independent writing and design projects, although Inaluxe remains the diverse heart of creation for them both. You can see more of the art of Inaluxe here: www.inaluxe.com

Inaluxe

Kate Hudson Printmaker

Kate is a Melbourne based artist specializing in limited edition linocuts, her background in textile design has led to her richly patterned and decorative prints. She draws influence from Japanese woodblocks, Art Nouveau, the Arts & Crafts Movement and printmakers such as Margaret Preston. Her designs celebrate her love of the Australian birds and flowers in her garden and seen on daily bush walks around her neighbourhood. Linocuts are a kind of relief print, which means the raised area of the block forms the image. All Kate’s colour linocuts are reduction prints. Multi coloured prints are produced by carving 1 or 2 blocks for all the colours used, more of the printing surface is carved away after each colour has been printed. She uses transparent ink called extender with small amounts of coloured ink mixed in. This means that the colours in her prints are built up from each other as each layer is added. Kate does all her drawing, designing and block carving in her Eltham studio. She does her printing on the Columbian press, dating from the 1880’s, at the Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy where she had a Collie Print Trust Emerging Victorian Printmaker Scholarship in 2005. You can see more of Kate’s prints at: www.katehudsonprintmaker.com

Kate Hudson Printmaker

Mulla Mulla - Helen Ansell

WA based artist Helen Ansell has a deep sense of connection with the Australian landscape and refers to the area where she lives outside of Mullewa as her backyard. Helen’s interest in wildflowers has been catalysed by the time she spent as a child on her father’s station collecting native seeds and her experiences growing up in Ululla, a remote Aboriginal community outside of Wiluna where she learnt the Martu language and often visited country with older women. Helen’s meticulous brushwork speaks of her love of Australian native flora and fauna in a celebratory spirit which enlivens the canvas. You can read more about Helen's unique background and see more of her artwork here: www.helenansell.com

Mulla Mulla - Helen Ansell

Satin & Tat

Satin&Tat is the moniker of Adelaide based collage artist Kate Cuthbert who produces her colourful, hand cut creations using vintage and foraged papers in an organic and free flowing process. Kate Cuthbert was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Having studied Interior & Furniture Design, she moved to designing & making jewellery. She has successfully and profoundly landed herself in the art of collage. Kate's collage making processes have taken over the very essence of her life. She draws inspiration from “anywhere and everywhere!” whether it is humour or life experiences; all of which play a large role in her art making process. Kate lets her works happen naturally and makes a note not to overwork them. All her works are hand cut. Occasionally she works with mixed media but her line of work is predominately paper collage. You can see more from Satin&Tat collage here: www.satinandtat.com.au

Satin & Tat

Vixen Designs - Heylie Morris

Heylie Morris is a self taught artist based in Geelong, Victoria. Working with acrylics, Heylie’s paintings are inspired by the colour and personality of Australian birds and wildlife, especially the cockatoo & galah. Heylie gathers inspiration from everywhere from books, magazines, art galleries & nature. www.vixenboutique.com.au

Vixen Designs - Heylie Morris