Just wanted to show you some of the awesome art that I bought from other artists at Craft Central! There were lots of talented people there, but I need to be a bit realistic about how much art I buy, so I had to restrict myself… here are my fab finds this year:
‘Tui’ print by Joe McMenamin, an artist and high school art teacher whose work I’ve admired for a while now. The hand-drawn line detail is incredible, and I love the pop of colour from the powdered ink he uses. You can find more of his work here.
Robin print and a pack of eight greeting cards featuring a range of bird illustrations by Melissa Boardman from Bird Plus Bird. I love the way Melissa manages to capture a bit of each bird’s character in her drawings. This little robin looks so inquisitive and alert, just like these birds in real life. Check out Bird Plus Bird’s website here.
This final print is a linocut called ‘The Readers’ by an artist called Penny C. Penny is a self-taught printmaker like me. Something about this print really speaks to me. I can imagine it hanging in a child’s room, maybe my own child’s room one day.
I’m a big believer in supporting local artists by buying their quality, unique art when I can! If you are too, then you must check out felt, New Zealand’s online marketplace for hand-crafted goodness. They’ve also just released their Christmas catalogue – have a look here!