If you are from New Zealand then you have surely heard of Flox; the street artist, fine artist, designer and mural painter. Flox first made her mark on the inner cityscape of Auckland in 2003. Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers – a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga – vibrant, confident colour, and scale combined with delicacy, magically transformed grey walls into vibrant depictions of the natural world.
I was stoked when Flox approached me to print her second ever batch of risograph prints. Flox stuck to her roots and decided to create a range of beautiful native birds to be riso’d.
Flox’s style lends itself very well to riso printing, as she is already thinking in colour layers when creating her work. She created the works on photoshop herself in the colours and order she wanted the layers printed, and then handed them over to me to set them up in the best way. Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get your head around the setup side, but that’s what I am here for! When creating the file, you have to think in separate colours, either overlaying or in knock-out form where they fit together perfectly on paper a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. These artworks have everything, from knock-out areas in need of perfect registration, to overlays to create new colours (if you overlay yellow with fluro pink, it creates fluro orange!), to varying opacities of each colour to create different tones. Often we are just printing works with one or two colours, but each Flox artwork comprised of six different colours! I went a bit cross-eyed lining trying to get the registration right!
If you would like to buy one of these limited edition works, head over to the Haus of Flox >
Check out the photos and video below!