15 August 2014

The little (big) things

Here's a photo of our Blossom 3 design exclusively for Urban Outfitters cushion, with one of my paintings, and one of the six new chairs we bought. After years of sore lower backs and shoulder pain, we figured it was time to replace our old (slightly too high lumpy turned leg chairs) and invest in our spines! It sounds ridiculous I know, but it's amazing how you get used to pain, and what a difference a new chair makes.

So the moral of the story? In order to move forward one must throw out the old chair! Have a lovely weekend everyone.

13 August 2014

The slowest (half) update.

We have so much news to share, we are way behind, and it's hard to know where to start.  We have two calendars currently out with our designs for 2015, four rugs launching next month, more cushion adventures coming soon, an inaluxe diary, and there's the new Earth Greetings range we haven't shared. As well as some Blue Q goodness that isn't socks.   

In all seriousness,  these products have been a long time in the making, and a lot of hard work.  That's not to say they are not enjoyable, quite the contrary!    Of course there's swearing, aching muscles, late nights, and at times, no social life, but then, my idea of a party is planting my garden, so maybe that's enough said on that!

One of these days Jason will do a post. I keep beating him to the punch. And he should, he's so much better with words than I am. 

Time to eat. And time to beer!

Soirée II

08 August 2014

Art, painting and new work

So, another week is almost done.  It was a big week. There were birthday celebrations, festive foods, a lot of laughing, and goofing around, and of course, heaps of work to get through.  Now we both need a big fat sleep!  
Below is a new open edition, now in store titled "SoirĂ©e" 

And below that, a gouache painting I finished last week.  It's been so good to get back into the painting. This one's on paper, and is reasonably large. I guess if I keep this up, I might have to start thinking about selling them at some point?   I actually find it hard to part with originals. They're like my children.   One possible solution to that problem is have too many kids? :)  Have a great weekend everyone.

01 August 2014

Holy Moly! we're on socks!

Well I never! Seriously, I never imagined we'd see our designs on socks. But thanks to BlueQ, there are now five inaluxe designs on BlueQ socks. These are gorgeous combed cotton socks, feel lovely on, and best of all,  you can buy them online through BlueQ right now.  It was a really wonderful collaboration, and as always we thank BlueQ for asking us to design with them. It's a real pleasure.  

Cha Cha Cha BlueQ socks

La Di Da BlueQ socks

Psst BlueQ socks

Hubba Hubba BlueQ socks

Ahoy BlueQ socks

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. 

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