I am thrilled to kickstart my Creative Conversations blog series with an insanely talented stylist with whom I love to create visual stories.
Melle Van Sambeek (also known as @sailor_and_scout_home on Instagram), is an Australian- born, Auckland-based multi-talented stylist who I met a few years ago on a photoshoot.
How do creative people collaborate? Where do you find your inspiration? People always ask me these questions so I thought I should share with everyone a few conversations I am having with some of my favourite collaborators on being a creative and creating together in a new blog series called Creative Conversations.
Whether it is creative writing, goals setting, poetry, recipes or simply doodling, I hope my notebooks give you a sense of freedom at a time we are craving it so much.
Sometimes a personal project defines your career. It is important for artists who decide to commercialise their work to understand the fine line between your passion as an artist and where you stand as a business owner.
People often ask me how I became a professional photographer and visual artist.
The truth is that the journey has been so natural to me that I always find the question hard to answer.
But what I have learnt along the way is that learning to know your voice is everything, so the sooner you know, the sooner you will do what you love everyday.
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Supporting the local makers is even more important to me now than ever because right now, transparency means safety.
A nice mention of 'Peony Cluster Blue' in HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Auckland-based artist Helen Bankers has always been attracted to the natural world. Her work has taken her around the world for a myriad of publications and brands, but when she’s not on assignment Helen loves exploring the creative side of photography.
“Throughout my career I’ve learnt a lot about the importance of leading a balanced life,” says Helen. “I realised that I have an overwhelming desire to produce a more artistic and illustrative side of work.”
Outside of her magazine and commercial projects, Helen can be found in her home studio creating work that celebrates the natural world. She has a sharp eye for detail and particularly likes working with flora and fauna.
“I’m inspired by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, and Australian florists such as Saskia Havekes at Grandiflora. I enjoy looking at the fine form and intricacy of flowers and plants,” says Helen, who lives with her engineer husband Dan and daughter Isla, in the eastern suburbs.
“From that passion grew a series with a focus on botanical studies.”
The abstract images, which often combine close-up detail, colour and texture, form the basis of Helen’s Limited Edition Fine Art Prints collection.
As well as having a passion for photographing nature, Helen has a talent for interiors and portrait photography. “I have a love for people and interiors,” she says. “I love telling the story of someone’s life journey through their homes and how their homes reflect the lifestyle they lead,” she says.
*From my experience shooting interiors, I’ve been inspired to create a range of botanical images that people can enjoy in and around the home.”
Helen’s Limited Edition Fine Art Prints are available on this site.
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