Skip the FOMO for 2024
Written by: Nadia Shaw-Owens
Luckily she had a friend who worked in Resene and was able to source her ‘‘seconds paint’ cheaply. “I tried all the paints – the enamels and the acrylics – and through experimenting, found a recipe that I still use to this day.”
Resene Lumbersider has just the right amount of viscosity and elasticity. She layers the paint onto boards, lets it dry and repeats again – 40 – 80 times. Once complete she picks up her tool – a Speedball lino cutter (the smallest size available), and carves with meticulous detail to reveal colours, conjuring up wild animals and florals.
All her colours are from the Resene palette, a leopard for instance may take up to four colours, and she layers them from dark to light, with the depth of the tool determining the shades revealed. Any leftover paint is used in other works with the empty tins all taken back to Resene “because they do such an amazing job with their recycling”.
Demand for her work is high, particularly because at the end of 2020 one of her works went viral on instagram and things went “a bit crazy” for a while. A work can take two months to layer (up to six months to complete) but the arrival of her daughter this year has meant a different pace. She chooses to layer slowly – 1 – 3 layers depending on the weather and carve during naps, while juggling childcare.
It’s been validating as an artist to have so many commissions and Hannah really enjoyed the connections. However, as a new mother she has had to reassign some of her time.
“Instagram is my platform now where I share my ideas. I put a concept sketch up and people can buy off the platform.”
But when a work has such a long gestation period it’s only natural that the artist is sensitive to who owns it in the end. “I only hope that the work goes to the right person,” she says.