25 August 019
New Art Prints and New Eco-Friendly Directions!
It’s been a year filled with changes, explorations and experimentation with the business. Work partner Marina and I have wandered here and there, and tried and tested, and just sat and mused and brainstormed about direction, intention, and, simply, what we want to put out there. What truly reflects our beliefs and wishes … or, even harder, what ARE our beliefs and wishes. And now, finally, finally, we’re beginning to get it together.
There’s one thing that we’re certain of, which is that in our ‘real lives’ we want to begin living a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. One that leads us to being more consciously aware of the things we do, think, buy, and dispose of. Of the choices that we make every second, daily. Of purchasing beautiful things (because we love beautiful things!) that are also eco-friendly and ethically made, that we want to keep until they disintegrate, and of buying pre-loved and recycled objects as much as is practically possible. So it makes sense that with the business we begin concentrating on that, and create lovely pieces that we ourselves will treasure, promoting a #keeperculture mentality, a less-disposable approach to the objects that surround us. It’s a start, right? We have to begin somewhere …
We are in the process of reinventing ourselves. We now have a new website, Mariana Black, and are using it to journey in the direction we want to adventure out into. We’ve started! So here we are, now creating not only organic clothing in collaboratio with DocCotton (CLICK HERE to read more about that exciting direction!) but also offering a range of eco-friendly A3-size bamboo art prints for the home. I’ve nattered on far too much already, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves.
My art has evolved in surprisingly different ways since the beginning of the year as well, and I’ve created prints from the new work, but have also added some of my old favourites that I still love and are part of the path that I’m on.
I’ve also placed illustrations that will look brilliant in kid’s rooms or nurseries, althoough to be honest I want to see them hanging in my rooms too, proving that at heart I’m still just a kid after all!
And finally, here are two prints that truly speak to me at this moment in time — they’re about taking flight into new worlds, and of the magic of new adventures that lie ahead …
These are just a few of the prints that are already up at the new store. Take a peek here to see the rest:
I’m adding more almost daily … realising that I have such a large store of art from the last decade, and sifting through it all to re-discover wonderful favourites full of lovely memories. I hope some of them resonate with you in some way that will bring you or your loved ones joy or a smile to light up your day and life!
Yes there are more plans and changes coming up — we’re working hard now that we’re focused and know where we want to go! We’ve just added enamel mugs to the shop (just because we love them!) and are sourcing out ethically made greeting cards too. Please do comment and let us know what you think of everything so far … and have a lovely day wherever you are! Cheers.
I’ve created all the mockups above hoping that they will look as they should on your walls, but sizes in the images might not correctly reflect the actual sizes of the prints, which are A3 size: 297 x 420 mm or 11.7 x 16.5 in, unframed.
A note about the paper: Bamboo is a natural, sustainable and environmentally friendly white paper made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10% cotton, resulting in warm-tones without optical brighteners. It is also is acid and Lignin-free. We’re delighted to have found a supplier who makes these eco-friendly prints. If you’d like to read more about the paper, click HERE.