I fell in love with Runa + Holly’s first collection of velvety, romantic, 17th-Century-but-contemporary painterly prints, and now my credit card is about to get a little hiding because their sophomore collection is equally as awe-inspiring.
And the judges of prestigious international art prize Arte Laguna obviously agree with me, because one of the works from this series – Volucris – was selected as a finalist in the Photography Section for Arte Laguna’s 2018 honours. Gisborne-based friends Holly (Tong, florist) and Runa (Kuru Kristjónsdóttir, photographer) made the trip to see their work on display at the Arte Laguna final exhibition in Venice.
The second collection, like the first, is limited to just 10 or 20 prints of each size (right up to 1100mm x 1650mm – that’s bigger than an A0!), and each is printed with archival inks, on the most high-end, German made Hahnemühle 308gsm cotton rag paper. Things that matter.
Lucent. I love how wild this one feels, with wheat and partially-dying petals
Volucris – nominated for an international art prize
Holly and Runa at work creating their baroque-oil-painting-like prints
Volucris on display in Venice, at the Arte Laguna Final Exhibition
Picking market-fresh flowers for an impromptu photoshoot
Holly and Runa extended their Venice trip to include Milan, Rome and Bologna, and while in Rome decided to shoot another artwork using local market spring flowers.
They ended up at 6:30am one morning in the centre of Rome, in the Piazza Navona, submerging flowers in the famous Bernini fountain. They have since added one of the images from that shoot to this new collection, this is that image:
(Postscript: This is your monthly reminder from me that you can do things that you love, that people will also love, and create a business and a life from it. And yes, you can also do this after having kids, or just be starting over in a whole new career if you’ve fallen out of love with your current one.)