We chatted with Prudence DeMarchi, the artist behind our latest collaboration beeswax wraps, “Little Gems”. We adore the shapes and earthy-neutral tones in Little Gems – reminding us subtly to admire the beauty in the little gems you can find in our earth.
What drives you to create your artwork?
I just really enjoy it. Once I started painting again two years ago it’s like the river is flowing and there is no stopping it! I see things that inspire me I struggle to not paint it out.
How did you get into art/painting?
I studied Fine Art and Education at Uni 13 years ago. I originally was going to be an art teacher but ended up in special education and loved it. I’m lucky enough to be able to focus on my art career while on maternity leave.
What do you get up to in your spare time, when not painting?
What spare time?! Haha I have two small children- Annabelle who is 2.5 years old and Hudson who is 9 months. Between working the art business and the babies, my husband and I are busy busy. In saying that, I do try to walk or do yoga if I find a spare 30 minutes.
What’s quote you are inspired by, or live by?
I just try to be kind. That’s my motto and something I want to instil in my children. Kindness is everything. I quite like the Gandhi quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
In what ways do you strive for a low-waste lifestyle?
Oh we’re getting there. We are almost plastic free. We love bees wax wraps of course and have started investing in silicon products too such as reusable zip bags and covers. We recycle absolutely everything and I’m conscious of using less single wrap packets of snacks for the kids.
Can you tell us a bit about the design of Little Gems.
Oh I really liked this series of works. I was experimenting with cut out shapes and negative space. I was really into natural colours and rugged landscapes too and so they all just melded together. I can’t help but add a tiny pop of colour here and there too.