A Word with the Artist

NADEESHA GODAMUNNE

Lanvin

Lanvin

Where are you now? And where did you come from?

I'm by heritage Sri Lankan, but grew up in New Zealand, and now reside in Brooklyn, New York.

How would you describe the kind of art you create?

Technically speaking, my work is fashion illustration orientated. I would describe my work as being witty, bold, spontaneous and quirky. I never respond to the ‘perfect’, refined sketch of a model; this was exactly what I want to steer away from; we see these ideals in magazines enough.  I instead love capturing a sense of ‘rawness’.

What inspires and influences the illustrations/paintings you create?

New York blows me away with its copious amounts of inspiration. The streets become a hub for visual stimulation. Encounters with eccentric personalities inspire my body of work, which draws on diversity and identity. It’s how I keep my work honest and relatable.  This, alongside the fabulous museums filled with old school and contemporary masters, keep the creative juices flowing.

What type of materials/medium do you prefer to use?

Watercolour, and ink are my favourite, because they encourage a faster more direct approach. They enable me to let loose and not over analyse, which naturally then has taught me to embrace my mistakes.

What would your dream project be?

I can’t say I have a specific dream project, but I aspire and dream for MOKSHINI to continually evolve and expand into various mediums beyond paper, including textiles, ceramics, accessories and packaging. I envision it being a lifestyle brand that embraces and integrates art into every aspect of ones life. I would love to collaborate with luxury and contemporary fashion houses, as well as magazines, blogs and department stores.

You can find more of Nadeesha's work here.

SILADORA x BRETON STRIPES

There's something classically stylish and so Summer about Breton stripes...whether it be their French naval origins, their use in Coco Chanel's 1917 resort collection, or their introduction into French cinema with Jean-Luc Godard's film Breathless.  Inspired by the likes of Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Pablo Picasso we decided to try our Pacific inspired scarves with the eternally chic Breton stripe.

A Word with the Artist

Shaman of the Sky

Shaman of the Sky

YONEL WATENE

Where are you now?
I recently moved to Dunedin from Auckland City to set up a studio. 

And where did you come from?
The Watene whanau is from Thames, New Zealand, of the Ngati Maru iwi (people or tribe).

How would you describe the kind of art you create?
I give people a little piece of myself with every series I do.  My art is almost like a visual narrative of my life, the people; past and present.

What inspires and influences the illustrations/paintings you create?
I am inspired by obscurities in figurative painting history.  People and community also are a big influence in my art. Skateboarding's DIY culture, graffiti and it's word-of-mouth myths, art brut or raw art, and the art of the unlearned - this is my style of modern art, and what interests me.

What type of materials/medium do you prefer to use?
I use a lot of oil based paint markers and automotive paint. Anything that makes a bold and lasting mark - like a scar that can't be removed. I like to use drawing materials such as pencils and vivids, as I also consider myself a drawer. I also like to use everyday sharp objects found around the home to make physical marks; anything that expresses physicality in my work.

What would your dream project be?
I would love to expand my repertoire to include works that can branch out to other markets, outside the art world. I would like these projects to have purpose - have a positive impact for the public at large.

You can find more of Yonel's work here.