I couldn’t pass by a chance to feature Anna-Wili Highfield today, because this Sydney-based artist makes the most beautiful sculptures of animals using paper but also copper pipe and I find them fascinating. Using archival cotton paper that is painted and sewn together, she breathes life into her beautiful work making it absolutely gorgeous to behold. Wouldn’t you love to have a bird from Anna-Wili and keep it beneath a glass cloche on your table? I sure would… Or perhaps an owl suspended from your ceiling?
From her bio, “Anna-Wili was born in 1980. The daughter of a puppeteer, she spent her childhood exposed to people making wonderful creatures. Anna-Wili has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School. She worked for two years for Opera Australia as a scenic artist and has exhibited in small artist run spaces around Sydney.”
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Yes, Papier Mache magazine in Australia is primarily for parents as it is filled with children and wee little products that you’ll want to bring home for them to play with and sweet things to dress them in. But still, it’s so cute even for those without kids, like me. I appreciate the pretty layouts… and the stuff, oh my the stuff! It’s packed with great links to explore, dreamy quotes to linger over, you can get a little bit lost really. And sometimes being lost is just fine.
Some of my new favorites found in this beautiful magazine include:
Good news! Papier Mache is soon to carry a print edition that will be available worldwide! Click here for the deets. Yay!
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I thought I’d share a few more talented local artists and designers that I spotted over the weekend, the next is German illustrator Sabine Gebhardt with her playful, colorful characters and themes. I loved seeing her bright pop art colors, especially this time of the year, they made me feel as though summer is only a day away… Pink, orange, taupe and yellow… oh yeah!
Spirited and a bit cheeky, her work has been featured on a variety of surfaces and used in print advertisement as well, she even designed a mug for Ritzenhoff. She has most recently designed a collection of notebooks, postcards and her own illustration work sold as prints. I’m not sure if she has a shop online, but I’ll certainly let you know if I find her work available for purchase… Though you can get in contact with her to purchase any of her prints that you see on her website… She also has a blog here.
My favorite is shown directly above, the girl with the great black eyelashes and pink hair… it’s called “Grrrr” and I love it!
(images: sabine gebhardt)