21 April 2015

Inaluxe Papier-Mache feature

It's been too long between drinks! We always seem to be running around chasing our tails, of course, I have to admit, it's lots of fun working on projects, and keeping busy, so it's not entirely a bad thing - I just find myself missing the blogging side of it. One of the things we enjoyed doing over the last few months was an interview with the awesome folks at Papier-Mache.  The theme of the current issue focuses on shapes, so naturally,  Jason and I enjoyed chatting about our work, and life.  We're super thrilled to be in the issue!  So much awesomeness.

12 January 2015

Hello 2015

Happy New Year everyone!  We are excited and refreshed to be back from our short Christmas break, which was quiet and relaxing for the most part. We hope you all had a lovely time over the New Year celebrations and are having an awesome January.

A few lovely things happened while we were away.  We were featured on Decor8 which was such a wonderful surprise for us both.  We've been following Decor8 for years, so you can imagine we're both chuffed to be on there .  A big thank you to Holly Becker for the  kind words about our art work, and the lovely feature she put together.  

And just before the holiday festivities we did a feature interview with Tickle the Imagination for issue 18, the summer edition.  We would like to thank Tanya Collier for not only inviting us to be in the magazine, but for putting the interview together so thoughtfully, and making it all so beautiful!  I'm generally quite a nervous talker when it comes to discussing our lives, and work, but Tanya did such a great job at putting everything in the right place, it's been a wonderful experience. 

Tickle The Imagination are also doing an amazing competition where one lucky Tickle reader will win an awesome package of goodies valued at $500.00.  Part of this package includes 2 x A4 inaluxe prints of your choice. For all the details, please see below.  

I'll be posting some photos shortly of the feature interview we did too!  Not long now, just need to get my rusty camera skills sorted first. Ha ha ha. 

24 December 2014

Happy Holidays

YAY! Holidays!!! We're officially on our little summer break, returning on the 5th of January 2015, sparkling, rested, and ready to rock 'n roll! We wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year. May they be filled with love, joy and happiness. As you all know, Jason and I are a small team. Over the last year we have loved, appreciated, and been inspired by your comments, thoughts, and sharing here. We look forward to more fun in the new year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You're all amazing, and beautiful!

28 November 2014

Feathered Friends

Jason and I were recently going through our folio of bird paintings and illustrations, and we had no idea we have so many.  It was like finding something dear you hid as a child.  There's that familiarity, and lovely memories, but there's also fresh eyes.  One thing led to another, and before we knew it we were compiling a deluxe collection of some of our favourites.  We're still not finished, and the wonderful thing about this collection is it will grow, as we do, and our pets, gardens, and children grow.  

Our fascination with birds is steadily increasing, with their peculiar habits, or calls, physical attributes, needs for survival. We find all of this as amazing as looking at their lovely plumage, if not more so.  We both watched that film "The Big Year" and we know that maybe one day that might be the two of us. Travelling the world to see the birds. 

This collection is a lush series of birds printed professionally on beautiful 300gsm fine art cotton rag. Each archival museum grade print will last a lifetime, and each print is hand signed.   The birds are large, and paper texture is velvety and smooth.  There is no fussy background here, they are the stars in this movie. 

We've included little factual introductions about each bird in the store too.  Not only is it lovely to engage on a visual level, but hopefully in other ways too.  A collection for young and old.

21 November 2014

Inaluxe in Peace of Art Auction at Fenton & Fenton

It is with great pleasure we can share we donated two original art works for the Peace of Art Charity auction at Fenton & Fenton with all the proceeds going to Schools A Gift.  The auction is on now!  For full details and how to bid on not only our original paintings, but so many other beautiful art works, please see Fenton and Fenton for the auction. I have added direct links below to both of our works currently in the Fenton & Fenton auction below :)

We would like to thank School's A Gift and Fenton & Fenton for inviting us to be part of such a wonderful life changing event.

07 November 2014

Hello Nature

When it comes to nature, you could say Jason and I are fascinated, and a little obsessed.  You'll see us outside in our garden observing daily changes, new growth, new buds, leaves, and without fail, we constantly learn and grow from observing what we could otherwise, quite easily take for granted. Here are some recent studies within the Botanical realm. Brush and ink collages with little splashes of colour.  This series coming to the store soon.

04 November 2014

Inaluxe in Feeling Wonen

While we wait with eager anticipation for the release of the inaluxe rugs we designed for Think Rugs (due to release shortly) we are excited to see Fabrique and Coda featured in the latest issue of Feeling Wonen.  A big warm thank you to Tine Verdickt and Feeling Wonen, and of course, it never would have happened without Think Rugs. Happy times all round! 

New prints in awesome size

The last week has seen us use our camera more, add new designs to the store, and just yesterday we watched the house next door being demolished. There's change all around us.

We've also fine tuned and made our A4 prints even better with NEW improved size, that sits like it was professionally framed in any standard 8" x 10" matt.  The first image is the design sitting on a sheet of paper within a frame, showing the border size around the print.  The second two images show detailed views of the print under 8" x 10" matt board. And we think the result is pretty perfect.

The entire image, title and logo fit into the 8 x 10 matt, giving a professional bespoke framed looking print, without the cost of professional framing.

We love this.

31 October 2014

Inaluxe in the AFR Annual Design Magazine!

It's a pleasure having the opportunity to discuss aspects of your work with others, particularly when it makes you delve a little deeper, and start looking at describing your work. So when we heard from Stephen Clark from the Australian Financial Review about a story he was doing on Retro, we were excited and not quite sure he would want to speak with us, after hearing we didn't really see our work as retro.  The long and short of it is we had a fascinating telephone conversation where I (with some difficulty as an introvert, and with a good dollop of social dysfunction) attempted to find a way to describe our work, and the intention of the work.

I can't in all honesty say our work is mid century modern, or retro.  I believe that was a time in history, and what a glorious time it was.  I also believe each artists work has a basis relating to the past. Whether or not those links are tenuous, depends on the work, and the artist.

What influences our work? It's a big long list, and while you'll see names like Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, and the Bauhaus, there's always so much more to the story. Influences and inspiration are happening this very instance, and our art is a culmination of forty years of being alive.  Human beings by nature, pervert, twist, mangle, re-invent each decade.  We interpret in different ways. What's retro to one person isn't to the next.  It's open to interpretation.

Reading Stephen Clarks story was wonderful.  It wasn't just a pleasure to speak with him, but also helped shape some of those thoughts that have been knocking away in my head.  Thank you Stephen.

19 September 2014

New website + New blog

We are getting a new website. This is quite exciting, and even though it's not ready, we are looking forward to having an action packed station of goodness and news! It's where we will share what's new, special promotions, events, sales, and day to day studio and life news.  We hope to see you there, and while there's only two of us, we try to do the best we can, so if you have any questions at all, anytime, please shoot us an email.

Something else that will be making it to the new site - original art on paper and paintings.  We've had a lot of emails over the years about buying originals, and it's great we're now making that happen. It's been exciting for us spending more time in the studio on art work.

Here's a little sneak peek at some work in progress. 

17 September 2014

Holy Macaroni! It's Inaluxe Rugs

I can't think of a word to describe how lovely it is knowing that there are now four rugs in the world with Inaluxe designs on them. Hell Yeah! comes to mind. This feeling is so surreal.  There's Coda, Atlas 39, Coda II and the second last design here (Fabrique) was one I created specifically with textile and soft lovely home wares in mind. That was in 2010. These rugs are all made possible and manufactured by Think Rugs in the UK. Each one is hand tufted by master rugs makers in India. Ethically produced, and made from a luxurious wool and viscose blend.  Ethical, luxury, and quality are three incredibly important words to us, and I suspect they contribute largely to this super-feel-good feeling.  The rugs are so damn new, we don't have the details of where to buy retail yet, but we will update here as soon as we know.  The good news is, worldwide shipping is definitely a go!  

We're both over the moon, and we hope you love them too.

15 August 2014

The little (big) things

Here's a photo of our Blossom 3 design exclusively for Urban Outfitters cushion, with one of my paintings, and one of the six new chairs we bought. After years of sore lower backs and shoulder pain, we figured it was time to replace our old (slightly too high lumpy turned leg chairs) and invest in our spines! It sounds ridiculous I know, but it's amazing how you get used to pain, and what a difference a new chair makes.

So the moral of the story? In order to move forward one must throw out the old chair! Have a lovely weekend everyone.

13 August 2014

The slowest (half) update.

We have so much news to share, we are way behind, and it's hard to know where to start.  We have two calendars currently out with our designs for 2015, four rugs launching next month, more cushion adventures coming soon, an inaluxe diary, and there's the new Earth Greetings range we haven't shared. As well as some Blue Q goodness that isn't socks.   

In all seriousness,  these products have been a long time in the making, and a lot of hard work.  That's not to say they are not enjoyable, quite the contrary!    Of course there's swearing, aching muscles, late nights, and at times, no social life, but then, my idea of a party is planting my garden, so maybe that's enough said on that!

One of these days Jason will do a post. I keep beating him to the punch. And he should, he's so much better with words than I am. 

Time to eat. And time to beer!

Soirée II

08 August 2014

Art, painting and new work

So, another week is almost done.  It was a big week. There were birthday celebrations, festive foods, a lot of laughing, and goofing around, and of course, heaps of work to get through.  Now we both need a big fat sleep!  
Below is a new open edition, now in store titled "Soirée" 

And below that, a gouache painting I finished last week.  It's been so good to get back into the painting. This one's on paper, and is reasonably large. I guess if I keep this up, I might have to start thinking about selling them at some point?   I actually find it hard to part with originals. They're like my children.   One possible solution to that problem is have too many kids? :)  Have a great weekend everyone.

01 August 2014

Holy Moly! we're on socks!

Well I never! Seriously, I never imagined we'd see our designs on socks. But thanks to BlueQ, there are now five inaluxe designs on BlueQ socks. These are gorgeous combed cotton socks, feel lovely on, and best of all,  you can buy them online through BlueQ right now.  It was a really wonderful collaboration, and as always we thank BlueQ for asking us to design with them. It's a real pleasure.  

Cha Cha Cha BlueQ socks

La Di Da BlueQ socks

Psst BlueQ socks

Hubba Hubba BlueQ socks

Ahoy BlueQ socks

29 July 2014

Protea - Flower Print

When my grandmother passed away last year in September, it wasn't a shock, she was 86, but I was shocked. You see for as long as I can remember (being as young as 5 years of age) she always talked about dying, and death.  It wasn't that she was morbid, quite the contrary, she just felt like any day now she could go.  As the years progressed, whenever she said she was going to die, we would smile, and she would join in.  The whole family would talk about how she would probably outlive us all! So when she finally passed away on the 3rd of September in 2013, I was surprised. I expected her to live forever. 
The only way to express my love, and feeling for her was in painting this extraordinarily bright and over the top Protea. the thing I remember about her most is her resilience, how funny she was, and in more practical ways, how she was happiest in her garden.  Her life literally revolved around the seasons. When to sow, when to plant, when to trim, work the soil... she was always out there in her magnificent flower garden. And it was massive. Her backyard was quite literally a park. 
So it's taken almost a year, but I'm ready to share, and this print is now available in the store.  
I think it's safe to say the Protea is a celebration of love.  It is for me.  And the magic part in all of this is that we all have our special moments, and stories. The people who move us, and help us to grow into the people we are.  You can't beat that! 
Protea ©inaluxe - Kristina Sostarko
(the logo does not appear on the print itself)

Art work by Kristina ©inaluxe: Kristina Sostarko

26 July 2014

Still Life Limited Edition Print

Been really slack with our blog lately. It's not that we haven't been around all month, but more a case of not being in the habit of posting, and I think busy catching up, and work overall.  I guess that's what happens when you are away for three months - chaos!  Ha ha ha.  I remember the days when I'd post almost daily.  I'm not sure how I managed that, but the plan is to try and get back to more regular posts. We really enjoy having our blog.  Due to some odd-ball technical issues, I turned off comments many moons ago, but I will try and bring that feature back.  Because comments are ace! and we like.

So you've probably seen a small version of this design in the post below, but here it is bigger, and with its own post.  'Still Life' limited edition print taken from a collage I finished this year.  The elements and shapes in this design partially draw from the 'Message in a Bottle' series completed last year.  The focus with the new work is to further explore my love of shapes, and push those ideas that came out in the paintings.  I'm enjoying this process.  It barely scratches the surface, but it's a start, and we are both committed to more time in the studio.  Change is on the way.... and we like it! 

'Still Life' limited edition  -  ©INALUXE

13 July 2014

New Work

I call this new work, but the truth is, some of it has been a year in the making. Paintings, ideas, scribbles, all sitting quietly waiting for the time to be something.  It's been a very therapeutic experience working on these.  These new designs are all large limited editions, and should be in the shop within the week.  We're just finalising some last minute teensy details.

08 July 2014

We're back!

We're back! It's been an odd three months... where does time go? Most of it was spent playing doctors and hospitals, and tests. Being poked, scanned, tested, and poked some more. The good news is, it's nearly over, and hopefully, we are at the end of this. Other good news is that while we did not have much time for art work, or inaluxe, there has been some recent movement with new work, and here is one of those designs now.  Titled "Embrace I" it's a limited edition of 200 - archival giclee.  Coming to the shop soon.  Size is A2.  The watermark/logo doesn't actually appear on the print. 

03 April 2014

Taking Time Off

Due to personal reasons that have nothing to do with inaluxe, we will be taking our break earlier than usual, and we might be away for slightly longer than usual.  In order to get some balance back into life, we will be closing our store on Friday the 4th of April, and returning sometime in May.  At this stage, we are not sure exactly when in May,  but we will yell out when we're back on board.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but you gotta do what you gotta do, and life is so big and full on, sometimes extraordinary things happen.  If you are after inaluxe goodies, please see our stockist page... they are available worldwide!  We hope this finds you all well, and happy.  See you all soon.  Thank you for your support, it means the world to us. 

Part of the inaluxe studio / and also our dining room with one of Kristina's paintings. 

28 February 2014

Hooray! Inaluxe cushions at Urban Outfitters

Wow... inaluxe designs on cushions is something we have been wanting to do for a long time, but we've been pretty busy over the last three years, and well, we never got around to it.  So you can imagine how excited we are to actually see our art on the latest cushions by Urban Outfitters!  We believe these are in limited release, so at $39.00USD a pop, you might wanna get in before they all sell out.  I might also mention it's FREE shipping from Urban Outfitters to Australia on all orders over fifty bucks. That's pretty NEAT!

Inaluxe Blossom cushion through Urban Outfitters 

Inaluxe Atlas cushion through Urban Outfitters

06 February 2014

New Inaluxe for Earth Greetings Range

While the builders were busy pulling our place apart in November, we were busy painting and working on the new designs for Earth Greetings.  It was pretty chaotic around here, not that you'd know looking at the range that came out of it all.  We think these are playful, bright, serene, and they make us happy. We hope you enjoy them too.  Again, I can't express enough how much we love working with Earth Greetings.  They are fabulous, and we are thrilled to be part of their range. There are 12 new designs in total.  To see them all, or purchase (with worldwide shipping) simply visit the Earth Greetings website. 

Styled and photographed by Katie Waddell for Earth Greetings

02 January 2014

Hello hello 2014!

Happy New Year everyone.  Have a super 2014!  May it be even more kick-ass, more fun, more awesome, inspiring and aces than 2013.  Thank you for all the amazing support over the past year, and we look forward to seeing you all when we return on the 3rd of February.

If you're after inaluxe goodies, the following stores all offer online shopping, and international shipping. How good is that!  Safe and happy holidays everyone!

Earth Greetings  Greeting cards & wrapping paper http://www.earthgreetings.com.au/store/brands/inaluxe
Blue Q  inaluxe totes, shoppers, lanterns, lamps, and accessories:   http://www.blueq.com - USA
Endemic World inaluxe standard size and large prints: http://www.endemicworld.com/artists/inaluxe-art-prints/ 
Easy Art  inaluxe prints and canvas: http://www.easyart.com/art-prints/artists/Inaluxe-17561.html - Europe
Urban Outfitters inaluxe print: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=29045515 - USA

21 November 2013

Bondville Charity Auction - Children's Cancer Institute Australia

Christmas means so many things.  For us, it is about spending time with the people we love.  It's a universal feeling, and one we all relate to.   For me, it's also a time of new life, promise, and hope so you can imagine how excited we both are to be part of the Bondville 10 Year Anniversary Charity Auction.  All proceeds go to the Children's Cancer Institute Australia, and there are only three days left before the auction ends.  We donated three LARGE prints for the auction. YAY! ACES! and then some. We would be grateful if you could share this event, given only three days left. Cancer is never a nice thing, so anything we can do to improve the quality of life, and treatment for children with cancer will make this Christmas a little more joyous. And hey, there are so many amazing things on auction to bid on, and so many wonderful artists and designers who have donated.  It makes me feel good in so many ways!

Bondville Charity Auction - Children's Cancer Institute Australia

04 November 2013

inaluxe on the red thread - space to create!

We've been a little quiet over the last few weeks as we have builders working on our house/studio which while very exciting, it's also a little hard to keep working when your roof is coming off, or the jackhammer is in full swing. Still, it is business as usual, just a little less blogging!  However, we can't keep away completely, so here is a little bit of fun news on a recent feature. 

During the last few weeks, as well as business as usual, Jason and I had the pleasure of working on an  inaluxe feature for The Red Thread - Space To Create.  We were so chuffed when we got an email from Lisa Tilse asking if we would be keen, and I have to tell you, it was so much fun! We talk about our home, work, and art.  We hope you'll drop by and check out Lisa's amazing blog, and while you're there, have a look at her beautiful work. 

inaluxe around the house

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