CACTVS (pronounced cactus) is an art and design label created by illustrator and animator Chloe Pisani. Bold colours and neons feature prominently in Chloe’s work which is often inspired by pop culture. New to the market, we look forward to seeing Chloe’s brand grow!
Inspired by a passion for animals and a love of native flora, Mia is a Melbourne based artist and illustrator whose work playfully brings our awareness back into the natural world. She works mainly with watercolours, pencil, pen and acrylic, and is always experimenting with new ways to connect with her environment. Her work is gentle and warm, using a calming palette and intricate detail. Mia finds great joy in capturing all she sees around her and finds her two pet snails Humphrey and Lauren to be the most dependable life models.
I'm an illustrator and ceramic designer working with porcelain clay, creating one-off wearable objects and small vessels. I further use these works to create my limited edition prints and gift cards. I studied printmaking and photography at RMIT (Melbourne) and did a very short stint in the gold and silversmith department at RMIT a few years later. I'm a self taught ceramicist. I like to explore themes of uncertainty, and the small unseen aspects in everyday life. I'm very interested in silence and quiet pauses in time.
I like to paint small moments in time. It's an extension of my photography work but with my painting I'm illustrating what I feel and imagine and not what can be seen though a camera lens.
I have started working on small sculptural forms which are hand formed in porcelain which compliment my more functional wearable works and vessels.
My stall at Rose st has been invaluable in helping me build a loyal customer base. It offers the opportunity to be able to introduce new work and get instant feedback, see what works and what goes unnoticed. It's like having a open studio every Saturday. It's a great place to catch up with other artists and designers which is important if you are working alone all week in your studio as I am.