Rebecca - London, UK
I was searching for a long time to find a picture for the wall in our living room. I wanted something bird or animal themed to fit in with our lampshades. We fell in love with Kakapos after seeing them on a BBC documentary years ago. We also love New Zealand, and have lots of great memories of our holiday there. When I saw the Kakapo picture on Etsy, we both thought it was great and decided to get the biggest print available. All of Cathy’s designs are lovely. They are so unique and they’ve got a lot of personality. Our three year old regularly has a chat with the ‘big parrot’ on the wall!
Jane - South Island, New Zealand
I first spotted a print of Cathy’s in a store in Christchurch and although loved the Kakapo felt it wasn’t suited to a Coastal house , so the hunt began! Cathy's website was found and much to our surprise there was a Hoiho ( Yellow eyed Penguin) . The Hoiho breeds on the Eastern southern coast of the South Island, just where we were building. The chosen wall was too big for just the one print so it gave us the chance to get 2 more prints of birds that share the coastline with the Hoiho, so the Mollymawk/Albatross and the Spoonbill were chosen.
We always like to chose art that is relevant to where it will hang. We loved the clear lines of the birds and the colours are just stunning, we’ve even used them in the decor of the house. The Hansby Design website is very accurate especially for colours which is a relief when buying online, the framing was very well done and the packaging was excellent.
I’ve enjoyed my emails with Cathy and the help she has given to me regarding sizes . I was impressed when the Covid 19 printables went online during lockdown, a kind and generous thought while experiencing lockdown. I look forward to seeing more of Cathy’s birds and we are very proud to have her work on our wall.
Phill - Auckland NZ
I first came across the prints by Hansby Design online.
What caught my eye was the bright block colours and their NZ native bird subjects. I was about to buy my favourite Kakapo print via the online store but then fate intervened while attending the 2019 General Collective show at the ASB Showgrounds. Not only did I get to see the prints in person before buying, but managed to meet Cathy who was so accomodating and helpful.
I ended up getting my print in A1 size via the online store and had excellent communication throughout the ordering process. Cathy had the print drying soon after ordering and when it arrived to say I was ecstatic was an understatement. The quality of the print is amazing and the vivid colours made a spare room look so much more interesting.
I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another print again knowing that the first was amazing.
Wieberen - Netherlands
“For years, the kingfisher has a special place in the hearts of our family. Its colors, its aerodynamic shape. But most importantly: the way the kingfisher’s head is hinged on its body, which enables him to remain completely still on an overhanging branch above the water when hunting for fish, even in very windy conditions.
In that way, to us, the kingfisher is a symbol for focus. It reminds us to stay calm in life, to keep the eye on what’s really important, even when storms are raging around us.
Having said that, it becomes clear that we really wanted to add a print or painting of the kingfisher to our new wall.
But where to look for them? Well, quite simple: Google.
We entered the search terms ‘kingfisher’ and ‘art’. (Though we live in the Netherlands, where a kingfisher is called ijsvogel – ice bird – we chose to use English words, because we didn’t want to limit our search results.)
We found out that the kingfisher had inspired many artists; a huge amount of pictures and links appeared on our search screen, some good, others not so, but many of them very much alike.
But scrolling down, we were suddenly struck by a kingfisher print that really stood out: Cathy’s.
Because of its bright colors, that perfectly fitted in our living room. Because of the expression in its eyes, as if it wanted to say: ,,Pick me!’’ But what we loved – and still love – most about our kingfisher is that it combines a pleasant simplicity with a sheer amount of details.
So we decided to order. We chose the A1-sized print, because there was quite some space available on the wall and we really wanted our kingfisher to stand out.
And so it does.
A bright, powerful reminder that we must never forget that whatever happens, we will always keep an eye on each other.