Jo & I had a dream...
We dreamt of working with some amazingly talented artists to create beautiful pieces to enrich the environments of children. To make a really special piece of art that they will adore and will become sewn into the fabric of their childhood memories.
One of Ryan's favourite things to do is scouring the web for creatives from all over the world whose work is incredible and a perfect fit with the aesthetics of Such Great Heights. So when he came across the revered Swedish illustrator, Camilla Engman, an introductory email was sent asking if she'd like to collaborate with us. The very next day she responded with a yes!
For those not familiar with Camilla, she is an artist who has a knack for allowing you to grasp a notion without robbing you of your personal interpretation. She has exhibited across the USA & Europe & has undertaken commissions for the likes of Converse, New York Times & Walt Disney, to name a few. Her work is very rich & has the ability to appeal to adults & children alike. She is also an absolute pro & was a real pleasure to work with!
We had a style in mind (line drawing, finished with copper foil on heavyweight cotton paper). We also had the perfect craftsman lined up - 71 year old Maltese master bookbinder, Charles Zammit. Charles worked with us to create the perfect block, then lovingly created the artworks one at a time on an 1880's hot blocking press. This machine used to be owned by the Adelaide Advertiser Newspaper & was also used to print 1 million lipstick labels for Revlon in the 1960's!
Charles has a real passion for his craft. With a career spanning over 50 years, he had some great tips & some wonderful stories to share. Check out the great 'making of' photo's below.
We are so pleased with how our first piece in our ongoing artist series has turned out. Available in store now.
We have some amazing talent lined up for the rest of the series & can't wait to complete #2.