MEET THE ARTISTS
We've sourced some great independent Australian Surface Designers. Welcome to the Art Department.
Cungelella Art was founded in 2019 by Glenda McCulloch as a vehicle for sharing her culture through modern Aboriginal art. It soon expanded as a collaboration to include Glenda’s sisters-Jaunita, Dale and Cheryl.
They take inspiration from the ancient rock faces, red dirt and the spinifex covered hills of the country. Colours of the sky are painted a peachy orange at sunset and beautiful old rustic gum trees that flourish in this harsh country are also reflected through their works.
Brook Gossen is an artist, surface pattern designer and illustrator from Brisbane, Australia. Brook creates her vibrant artworks and designs in her home studio using paper collage, acrylic paints and digitally; sometimes all three together. Her designs are fun, fresh, bold and often filled with all the colours of the rainbow. If people smile when they view, buy or wear her work, her mission is accomplished.
Lisa-Marie is a Brisbane-based graphic designer and muralist, illustrating art that encourages and uplifts. Her designs are recognised as colourfully eye-catching and bold, created with the intention of communicating hope, joy and empowerment.
After ten years working as a designer in the business and corporate sectors, Lisa-Marie started to explore the more creative side of design, seeing a shift in her art style. She then looked for opportunities to recreate her digital artwork as murals, refreshing public spaces with a burst of vibrance and colour.
Dandenong Ranges, VIC
Christie is an Australian illustrator and surface pattern designer from the Dandenong Ranges, Australia. She specialises in drawing colourful nature inspired designs and especially loves to draw flowers and birds. She finds inspiration from nearby gardens and forests, and loves adding bright colours and details to her designs. Her work mixes traditional drawing methods with digital techniques to create vibrant colour filled patterns.
Yani is the Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator behind “Yani Mengoni Designs.” Born and raised in Argentina, she now resides in Perth, Australia, with her husband and their three wonderful children. Her journey has taken her to various countries, including a significant time in Africa, where the seeds of her inspiration took root.
From her earliest memories, Yani has always been passionate about drawing. She has a penchant for bright and bold colors. All her designs begin by hand before being brought to life with color in Illustrator. For Yani, creating art is akin to meditation. It's evident she adores her craft! Prioritizing activities she loves is crucial for her, not just for immediate joy but also for her mental and emotional well-being.
Every illustration Yani crafts is imbued with love and meticulous attention. Nature and the simple moments of daily life continually inspire her. Working from her home studio in Perth, she produces patterns and designs brimming with joy, aiming to infuse more vibrancy and fun into everyday life.
In addition to her freelance work as a Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator, Yani proudly offers her collection of Yani Mengoni Designs Products online, which includes unique yoga mats.
Seeing her designs materialize on products brings her immense joy, and she cherishes licensing her work to clients who can truly transform it into something magical!
North Melbourne, VIC
Bec’s designs begin as sketches in her notebook, which she re-draws digitally and arranges them into a pattern. Stylised and varied illustrations combined with pops of colour bring her designs together. Beck also brings pattern into the everyday through her expanding range of products under the label Fabric Drawer, with a focus on handmade and locally sourced materials where possible.
Kat Potter is the creative force behind Little Black Kat Creative! She’s a Graphic Designer Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer from sunny suburban Queensland. Kat’s all about infusing her art with bold bright colours and playful vibes that draw on the everyday adventures and happy memories that make life so special.
Mable Tan is a surface designer, based in Melbourne, Australia. Mable’s style is whimsical, fun & joyful. Her work is very much inspired by nature and birds. When she’s not drawing, she can be found in the baking or cooking a storm, or going on a walk by the river for some inspiration.
“I see my life as something artful - always creating and making it happy, fun and colourful in any way I can.”
Meeri Anneliis a Finnish-Australian illustrator and textile designer, currently based in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Her work draws on the diverse and colourful nature surrounding her, with a nod to her Finnish roots.
She loves to draw and play with colour-creating patterns and original illustrations that will brighten your space.She has a BA Fine Arts from Western Sydney University, Australia, and an MA Environmental Art from (what was then called) the University ofArt & Design, Helsinki Finland. It was time spent in Helsinki, and the rest of Scandinavia, that reinforced her love of pattern, and design.
Describing herself as a new naturalist, Meeri sees her work as an illustrative ecology-that represents the aesthetically guided aspects of actual systems and natural interactions.
Shanai Kellett is a contemporary Aboriginal artist and teacher.
Growing up she watched her mum paint, learning from her way of doing things and then adding her own unique touch using symbols from her country, she uses acrylic paint and sand in most of her work. Shanai’s mum is her biggest inspiration, who learnt the ‘sand art’ technique from her late Uncle Ralph, she also uses this technique as it symbolises that connection to Mother Nature and earth. Maloga means Sand in her Yorta Yorta language.