BEHIND THE SCENES
INTRODUCING Suzy Ultman
Suzy has been creating toys and books for family and friends since childhood. A born storyteller, Suzy is an illustrator, product designer, toy creator, and bookmaker of sophisticated and simple objects that inspire and delight young and old alike.
Suzy grew up in Pennsylvania but her life and work have taken her around the world both as a visitor and a resident. From living in Los Angeles to Portland, across the sea to Amsterdam and back to Boston, Suzy’s exploration and immersion into these places influences her work even today. Whether gracing your bookshelf or decorating a nursery, Suzy’s signature products tell a story of connection, community and finding your place within our global family.
When she isn’t in her studio folding paper, designing textiles, or creating toys, she can be found strolling through antique shops, finding treasures at flea markets, and communing with nature. She's nested with her husband and three sons in their cozy home in Ohio.
A delight to collab with. I have loved her playful illustrations, colour palate & story for years ♡ lucky us to now enjoy her design work on HANK
INTRODUCING Fabric Drawer
Beck is a surface designer and maker living in Melbourne (Australia), who has a love of creating patterns.
Whilst working as a graphic designer for many years and yearning to create on more tactile mediums, she enrolled herself into a couple of screen-printing short courses, which led her to starting a textiles course and discover the world of repeating patterns.
She started Fabric Drawer in 2012 after travelling and then living in London, spending lots of hours wondering how to follow her creative passions.
Things started very small and organically, by being involved in a few small craft markets selling products she’d designed and made. Not deterred by the minimal sales, she continued to create her patterns and products and has been part of some larger design markets in Melbourne. As well as making her own range of products, Beck also worked with an art agent in American, licensing her artwork on a range gift/party ware and greeting cards. Since flying solo, she’s collaborated with a range of local and international companies.
INTRODUCING Jessica Nielsen
"passionate about sustainability"
Jessica Nielsen is a Dutch visual artist with Danish roots. She has a clear love for nature, which can be seen in her work. Her signature style is one of bold and bright designs, all of which are at once minimal, colourful, and brimming with energy.
Jessica is always curious about new developments and insights towards a greener future. Learning along the way she enjoys working with sustainable brands and companies that think of new and better ways of production.
LEMONNI is a home accessories label Annie created with the idea of bringing happiness to home through patterns and colours. She loves using motifs with crisp lines and colours with a soft retro palette in her designs. Annie’s style has been described as whimsical, playful, and reminiscent of the 60s. Her work is often inspired by nature and my love for animals.
Collecting beautiful paper and packaging is one of her hobbies. She loves mid-century modern design. She’s an old soul when it comes to music, and a crazy dog mom to her fur baby Sammy.
Annie designed Spring Tulip with a matching Linen mix Tea Towel. Also Garden Patch in Blue with Pink dots, with a matching cloth that comes as a SUPERSPRUCE in white with pink dots.
INTRODUCING Crissie Rodda
Crissie is an illustrator, textile designer and professional rainbow maker; who loves eclectic interiors, vintage fabric and spending time in the great New Zealand outdoors. Creatively curious by nature, she paints, draws and doodles nearly everyday; creating playful patterns, illustrations and textiles that burst with colour and joy. Her work is inspired by nature, mid-century aesthetics, fashion and her antipodean roots. When she's not designing, you'll find Crissie pottering in her garden, playing with her 3 daughters or sipping hot tea on the deck of her rural Waikato home.
Crissie contributed 2 very popular designs. MONTY inspired from her pet Monstera plant, and BUTTERFLY (a conscious cloth that donates 10% to Forest & Bird.
INTRODUCING Greg Straight
Greg could be described as an illustrator, artist and graphic designer but in recent years he’s grown to become one of NZ’s most prolific illustrators. Greg began his creative life with fine arts, his career has evolved from a well-oiled background - graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts (majoring in painting) followed by a successful career in graphic design. His distinctive yet versatile style has become in demand by a number of iconic kiwi brands and international clients.
He has two popular collaborations with The Green Collective. Bee
& Snapper SPRUCE. Both are linked with wonderful charities Trees For Bees & Sustainable Coastlines.
INTRODUCING Kyla K
Kyla K is a creative based in Christchurch, New Zealand who loves to draw, paint, and design. With all her projects, she aims to bring joy to the world - whether through a mural, an illustration or an interior space. Since launching out on her own, she has focused on collaborating with good people to spread the good vibes!
She has two popular collaborations with The Green Collective. Zen & Produce SPRUCE
INTRODUCING Catherine Marion from Folklore & Flora
Catherine has produced such a powerful image for her SPRUCE. Coral & Kina represents the fragile ecosystem in our reefs. 10% of all profits through sales of this SPRUCE go straight to Chasing Coral's Fund.
Originally from the busy city of Montreal, Catherine Marion studied visual art and graphic design at Laval University in Quebec. Pursuing a career as a graphic designer, Catherine worked in both Canada and Scotland before moving to New Zealand with the aim of creating her own work and being closer to nature.
Inspired by her surroundings much of Catherine's work takes shape after the careful selection of a colour palette, this decision defines the whole atmosphere of her painting. Once the colour palette is chosen, Catherine studies the flowers, foliage and animals she finds in her everyday life; observing new blooms in her garden, at the beach, at the side of the road or at the river Catherine draws these observations in a sketch book she constantly carries with her. Through this process, Catherine wishes to create pieces of art that connect with people and remind them of the rich diversity of nature (which we too often forget to appreciate).
INTRODUCING, Sophie Holt from Studio Soph
Sophie is surrounded by artists in her family and it certainly had an influential effect on her. She can express herself in different mediums from clay to paper to clothing and more. The beautiful designs she has collaborated with The Green Collective are sell outs and incredibly popular.
We have added new SPRUCE designs and TEA TOWELS featuring her designs.
'Ever since I was a young girl, drawing was my favourite thing to do (besides climbing trees, building huts and making up my own fairy tales) I was born in Christchurch (New Zealand) but I grew up in the Netherlands where I got my degree in Graphic Design. I came back to New Zealand nine years ago and moved to Motueka.
Here I'm living my dream; being a full time artist.'
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INTRODUCING, Bec Brown from Clouds of Colour
Bec was one of our first collaborators and her eye catching designs are always sell out successes. She is an artist and graphic designer, designing & creating original watercolour artworks, stationery, wedding stationery, children’s bedroom decor & fabric designs including a beautiful range of cushions, headscarves + more! A link to her inspiring website is below. Thank you Bec!
"My art is inspired by wild flowers, floral wallpapers, embroidery books and repeated patterns found in nature.
Life currently consists of painting and designing, being a full time mumma, filling my home with beautiful things and too many indoor plants, road trip dreaming, exploring my growing interest in plant based nutrition and exploring every piece of my creativity".
INTRODUCING, Georgina Hoby Scutt.