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Anna-Wili Highfield Paper Artist

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?

Anna-Wili Highfield

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.”
Brilliant work!

(images: anna-wili highfield)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 21, 2010

Sabine Gebhardt Illustation

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!

Sabine Gebhardt Illustation

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 20, 2010

Artist Sebastian Otto

Hello friends! How was your weekend? I hope you had a real nice one — I find the last few weeks of the year to go by so quickly so try your best to pause a bit because before we know it, we’ll be setting goals for 2011! I had a nice weekend, I attended two local craft fairs — one was at a gorgeous museum and showcased the work of mostly textile and fashion designers and the other featured all sorts of local makers designing everything from letterpress prints to tea cup candle holders. At one show I was able to finally meet an artist who I’d only heard of up until now, Hannover-based artist Sebastian Otto. His work is intriguing and lovely, I love his colors, obvious Japanese influences, and the symbolism in some of his work… it was nice to shake hands with someone whom I admire so much.

Sebastian Otto

Sebastian Otto

Of course, one of his postcards ended up on my inspiration board…

Sebastian Otto

Sebastian has a small store at Art Bastard if you want to check out more of his work. Enjoy!

(images: sebastian otto)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 20, 2010

Marga Marina

Love rubber stamps? Into forest themes? Do you like to find unique cards to give to your friends? Yes, yes, yes! I do! So then, it’s time to meet Marga Marina who really is the talented Tine Pagenberg, an illustrator who lives nearby in Bielefeld, Germany which is a lovely town located between the northern and southern Teutoburg forest. I’m guessing Tine finds her inspiration from her town and all of the natural beauty around her, it’s hard to not dream of pastel bears and foxes with picnic baskets when you live near a German forest, the place where fairy tales and magic come to life. She makes rubber stamps, postcards, brooches, pillows and many other crafty things available in her cute DaWanda shop.

Marga Marina

Marga Marina

Marga Marina

I was so excited when my package arrived today and I pulled out three sets of rubber stamps: “Nachteule” which means Night Owl, “Hörnchen” and on the package there are chipmunks which we don’t have in Germany, but they from the Hörnchen family but would technically be called Streifenhörnchen, and “Igel” which are hedgehogs. In the package I found some lovely cards and tags too. Now I have to use my stamps for some crafty projects. :)

I can really see Tine’s work being licensed and sold on products, can’t you? I’d love to see her work in stores, she is so talented and has a very cohesive collection and her style is very unique and special. I’m a big fan of Marga Marina and hope that you like her work too. There are so many talented German illustrators over here, and designers in general — it’s fun to be able to share some of them with you from time to time. :)

(images: photographs taken by holly becker, all others from marga marina)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, stationery on December 17, 2010


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