A visit with Anna

I have blogged before about my friend Anna Stichbury, artist and creative extraordinaire. She had me along recently to take some pictures of her home (which I will show in another blog post soon), but on the same occasion I spent a little bit of time with her in the studio, which sits adjacent to her house, and is a space of light and texture and colour, and a place that I feel very much at peace.

Anna has been generating new kinds of work recently - incorporating inks, graphite, metallics, and collage alongside her more typical painted and screen-printed techniques. Her art works are so recognised around New Zealand, and so much sought after to adorn the walls of like minded souls - you could be forgiven for thinking she's a one-trick pony. On the contrary, Anna is always experimenting, and developing her motifs. Some works are carefree, with splashes of brave colour in inks and paint, and often overlaid with more carefully rendered emblems - her butterflies, nudes, faces, birds, and the iconic rabbits she has worked with for years. The new work brings an interplay of texture and design, often simultaneously graphic and expressive. I enjoy seeing how Anna plays with her media, always moving forward, never with too much solemnity.

These images are just a handful of moments captured as a side-piece, rather than as the main event. I could shoot Anna all day, as she is so alive, with mercurial moods and moments of nonsense. 

If you want to see more of Anna's work, or even purchase some for yourself, go to her website - www.annastichbury.co.nz or you can follow her fun instagram feed via @annastichbury ... always with more tidbits to entice you.

The crazy world of my friend Anna

A couple of days ago, I spent a little bit of morning with my lovely friend Anna Stichbury. She's this completely funky elegant artist and entrepreneur, and whenever we are together, I feel like a little bit of her glitter rubs off on me.

So, she's always exhibiting - her work is prolific and fun and so perfect adorning the walls of well dressed homes... but there isn't anything snooty about what she does, and she is always playing with new materials, methods, and motifs. She needed some pictures for some up-coming marketing materials, so I stepped up to shoot for her.

We also had the very great pleasure of making these pictures in the gorgeous house of a very wonderful and stylish family who are local and generous with their space. These are a smattering of the pictures from our morning together, and some are obviously not Anna's intended marketing imagery. Although, knowing Anna, she'd use a picture of her mad bed jumping in a heartbeat.

You can see some pictures I took last year of Anna in action in my image series here

If you want to view / purchase any of Anna's art, go to http://www.annastichbury.co.nz