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

14 October 2013

Inaluxe prints now at Life Interiors

A little bit of news to share with you all.... If you're in New South Wales, you can now buy select framed inaluxe prints at Life Interiors.  We love this photo of our prints framed in their Waterloo showroom.  Nice!  Hope you're all having a great week.  

Framed inaluxe prints at Life Interiors Pyrmont, New South Wales.

12 October 2013

Maison Alice + Inaluxe

We have some news! we worked on a limited edition design for Masion Alice based on our shipping news range, and it's out now.  Nice and big, the size is A1, 594mm x 841mm,  and each one is signed, and numbered by me.  Now available through Maison Alice.  Here are a few photos. The first photo shows our design The Marina design alongside Paul Thurlby's Boats design. 

30 September 2013

in the garden

Our garden is bustling with energy and colour.  I planted some tulips this year.  They are such a joy to watch.  They grow and change during the day, with their colour intensifying almost before your eyes.  I forgot that they open up to the sun, and close in the evening.  Something else, quite magical!

our garden - september 2013

13 September 2013

a thousand words

It's fair to say we don't have many photos of ourselves on the net.  There are some people who are in front of the camera all the time, and I wish I could do that, but the truth is, I hate having my photo taken.  Jason's not quite as bad as I am, actually I think he's one of those people who loves it! We are such opposites in so many ways. It's that difference that makes for a very entertaining working relationship.  And just to show we really are real people, here  is a little collage of some recent photos we took, of our work,  a little part of our home, and lastly, us.  

We hope you all have a lovely weekend, and thank you all for your patience with regard to our absence over the last week.  We are slowly getting back on track, and now back home following my grandmother's funeral.  It was an incredibly sad, but beautiful day.  See you all in a week or so....

© i n a l u x e 

living collections

We like to collect things, and perhaps the most loved collections we have are the living kind.   Here is a cutting I took from one of my grandmother's Geraniums.  It's in the garden now, and doing well.  I just love that neon pink, and I love that it reminds me of her.