FROM MY HOME TO YOURS
The Hansby Design art collection began from my home in Auckland, New Zealand in 2015.
Like many Kiwi's growing up in New Zealand, I had native bush on my back doorstep, so my childhood playground was my connection with nature. Then, as a Mum of young children, I went on a journey of re-discovery, exploring and researching the unique species that exist in New Zealand, and throughout Australasia.
It's easy to forget New Zealand is a group of islands at the bottom of the world, isolated for centuries from other land masses. It's part of Zealandia, a continent separated from Gondwana over 60 million years ago. When humans arrived 800 years ago, it was a land of unusual birds, from the giant Moa to the vast Haast eagle, the wildlife had adapted and evolved in some unique ways. Today, there are flightless nocturnal birds, ancient reptiles that existed alongside dinosaurs and alpine mountain parrots.
It's important to value the wildlife that define this part of the world, so I began drawing again. I create bold, modern images that celebrate our wildlife, designed for our contemporary homes and spaces.
The collection is available here online, and in home design stores throughout New Zealand. Thanks for visiting, I hope you find something special.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cathy, the artist at Hansby Design is based in Auckland, New Zealand with her family. Her prints feature in magazines and gorgeous homes all over the world.
With a background in fashion and homeware design, interior styling and visual art, she loves colour, contrast and clean lines. Cathy's style is modern, bold and elegant, capturing personality and character in her images.
Hansby Design celebrates the distinctive wildlife of New Zealand and Australasia, to share and appreciate the unique creatures in our corner of the world. Images often feature endangered species, to highlight and remind us how close we are to losing them. 'The changes we make now could have a huge impact on wildlife in the future, I only hope our wildlife can endure for future generations.'
Every print comes with a short story about the featured image. The art collection also features iconic birds of the world, as many of these are in decline too.
GIVING BACK TO FOREST & BIRD
Forest & Bird is New Zealand's leading independent conservation organisation and voice for nature. They work tirelessly to protect our unique species and habitats, on land and in our ocean.
With each purchase you make on this online store, we will donate 5% of the sale to Forest & Bird, at no cost to you. It's our way of giving back, supporting New Zealand wildlife, and protecting what we have. www.forestandbird.org.nz