Midwinter Collection 2022

The Winter Solstice is coming, and with it the longest night of the year! Time to celebrate with a small but very special Mid-winter paper mache collection. As always, let me know if you see something you like, and I’ll reserve it for you!

The creatures will go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, 2022. Grab your shop-wide 20% off voucher below and invite a creature (or two) into your home.

Paper mache sculptures by minu
Paper mache sculptures by minu

Meet the new totems.
Bee the Bunny Totem, Umi the Walker Totem, and Uni the Bird Totem bring a little light to the darkest places in the Night forest.  

from $125.00 to $140.00 (NZD) each


Paper mache sculptures by minu
Paper mache sculptures by minu

Meet the new members of the Midnight tribe.
Nin the Wood Sprite, Til the Heart Keeper, and Min the Secret Keeper are well-rounded.

from $120.00 to $180.00 (NZD) each


Other creatures are currently listed at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz already.  Have a look and see if one of them wins your heart and, as always, do not hesitate to contact me for a custom order or commission.


Get 20% off shop wide!

From Saturday, 18 June 2022 to Monday, 24 June 2022 you can use the coupon MINUINJUNE at the minu.felt.co.nz and minu.etsy.com checkouts.

The coupon is restricted on one order per customer and three items per order :).

As always, thank you so much for your support,

|(^-^)|

Shop Update May 21, 2022

New Work May 2022
New Work May 2022

Meet the new tribe members! New Wood Sprites and Bird totems join the Night Forest tribes, and the new Forest Walkers are ready to be officially introduced. And then there are the Bunny Totems, they are a tribe of their own.

The first prints from the “Conversations with my Teacup” series will be available via my online shops as well!

The creatures and prints will go on sale tomorrow Saturday, May 21, 2022. Let me know if you see something you like, and I’ll reserve it for you!

Grab your shop-wide 20% off voucher below and invite a creature (or two) into your home.


New Forest Walkers

Meet the new Forest Walkers.
Zou, Zun and Zui are well behaved and exceedingly adorable.  

$140.00 (NZD) each


New Bird Totems

Meet the Pia, Pip, and Pit.
The new Bird Totems are not so well behaved but as adorable.  

$125.00 (NZD) each


New Wood Sprites

Mor, Mau, and Mut shine in autumn colours.
The new Wood Sprites well rounded and charming.  

$120.00 (NZD) each

New Bunny totems

Meet Bau, Bae, and Biu!
The new Bunny Totems can extremely moody and prefer to brood in the shadows. 

$160.00 (NZD) each


New Collagraph Prints

The ‘Conversations with my teacup’ series is inspired by lockdown life, and the world experienced working alone at home where I tend to vanish into a world inhabited by strange creatures and stories.

The prints are handprinted on reused Tetra Pak Collograph plates and are limited to 10 prints per edition.

Conversations with my teacup, Collagraph print by minu
Conversations with my teacup, Collagraph print by minu

Conversations with my tea cup .
Conversations with my teacup #1, Collagraph Print.  

$240.00 (NZD) unframed, $320.00 (NZD) framed


Conversations with my teacup, Collagraph print by minu
Conversations with my teacup, Collagraph print by minu

Conversations with my tea cup .
Conversations with my teacup #2, Collagraph Print.  

$240.00 (NZD) unframed, $320.00 (NZD) framed


Conversations with my tea cup .
Conversations with my teacup #3, Collagraph Print.  

$240.00 (NZD) unframed, $320.00 (NZD) framed


Other creatures are currently listed at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz already.  Have a look and see if one of them wins your heart and, as always, do not hesitate to contact me for a custom order or commission.


Get 20% off shop wide!

From Friday, 20 May 2022 to Monday, 23 May 2022 you can use the coupon MINUINMAY at the minu.felt.co.nz and minu.etsy.com checkouts.

The coupon is restricted on one order per customer and three items per order :).

As always, thank you so much for your support,

|(^-^)|

Ink, 7th April to 15th May 2022, New Plymouth

I am part of Ink a group show of New Zealand Printmakers! The show is open 7th April to 15th May at the Collaboration in New Plymouth.

What: Printmaking Group Exhibition
When: 7th April to 15th May
Where: The Collaboration, 83 Devon Street East, 4310 New Plymouth

Philippa, Anna and The Collaboration Village are bringing an exciting selection of Aotearoa’s Printmakers to New Plymouth’s CBD!

My contribution includes a new series of Tetra Pak Collagraph prints! More coming soon!

New Giclee prints now available!

New fine art Giclee Prints are now available online at minu.felt.co.nz  – for New Zealand orders – and minu.etsy.com – for international orders. Get yours for a further 20% off using the coupon below! The coupon is valid shop-wide so if there is another creature you want, get it now :)!

The A3 sized museum quality or archival prints are printed individually here in Wellington. The 100% cotton paper is made in Germany by Hahnemühle and has a beautiful texture and feel to it. The wide border leaves enough white space for easy framing in a standard format frame.

The prints are available in A3 and A4. The A3 editions are limited to 30 prints and the first 10 prints are sold on special! The A4 editions are all limited to 60 prints. 

All prints are signed and numbered and a hand-signed certificate of authenticity is included.

Meet Lili Lilu. 

A3 – $128.00 (NZD) each 
A4 – $80.00 (NZD) each

This is Lina Lilu with her friends. 

A3 – $128.00 (NZD) each 
A4 – $80.00 (NZD) each

Meet Luna Lilu. Luna likes to keep her friends close. 

A3 – $128.00 (NZD) each 
A4 – $80.00 (NZD) each

Last but not least is Lula.

A3 – $128.00 (NZD) each 
A4 – $80.00 (NZD) each

International Shipping via Etsy is now possible!

Don’t forget that the minu Etsy shop minu.etsy.com now offers international shipping to the United States, Canada, European Union, and United Kingdom! All shipments will be tracked, and you can follow the progress of your order directly on your Etsy order page. Please remember that most countries have tightened customs rules and Etsy now charges GST or VAT where required!  

Get 20% off shop wide!

From Friday 11 March to Monday 21 March 2022 you can use the coupon MINUSAVE20 at the minu.felt.co.nz and minu.etsy.com checkouts. The coupon is restricted on one order per customer :). 

Last but not least … 

… again, many thanks for your time and support! Feel free to forward this issues, and say hello on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest to stay in touch. 

Franklin Arts Festival, 4 to 13 March 2022

I have three framed original watercolours in the Franklin Arts Festival :).

I can’t be there myself, so if you spot my work and send pictures that would be wonderful!

You can also preorder Giclee Fine Art Print of the original works from today at minu.felt.co.nz and minu.etsy.com.

Lilu Giclee Fine Art Print by minu
Lilu Giclee Fine Art Print by minu
Lilu Giclee Fine Art Print by minu
Lilu Giclee Fine Art Print by minu
Lilu Giclee Fine Art Print by minu
Lilu Giclee Fine Art Print by minu

Sign up to become a first reader

Those who follow me for a while might know that I finally completed my first book manuscript! The Fragments is a Young Adult Fantasy novel and part of a planned series called the Spheres.

About the book

In a shattered world a group of human exiles form a fragile alliance with machine-based life forms and ancient shadow creatures to retrieve an arcane artefact that could, in the wrong hands, threaten the existence of the worlds of the Spheres. 

When Easla Amrath appears out of nowhere in the Fragments, both she and Tayl Bergin get caught between the lines of an age-old conflict. Tayl, a ward of Charles Graphyn and at home in the Fragments, and Easla, a protege of Niuen Adalowe and a citizen of the Protectorate, find their lives changed forever as they traverse the Fragments’ broken landscapes and discover how much of their past is entangled in a conflict that is as old as the worlds of the Spheres. Struggling with the consequences of their own actions and the decisions made for them by others, they need to come to terms with the fact that more than their future is at stake. 

The eBook edition is close to publication and I’d love for you to become a first reader!

More information coming soon!

As always, bear with me.

Shop Update February 2022

2022 is here, and it’s time for another colourful shop update.

The new Keepers and Totems are ready to be officially introduced, and more Wood Sprites will join the Night Forest tribes. Each sculpture is hand-made sustainably from paper mache, painted with fluid acrylics, and finished with a glaze.

The creatures will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, February 10th, 2022. Don’t forget to grab your free local shipping coupon below. Let me know if you see something you like, and I’ll reserve it for you!

More images and details are available on the paper mache artwork listing page :).


Paper mache sculptures by minu
Paper mache sculptures by minu

The new bird totems are the stars of the collection.
Tin, Tun, and Tan steal the show with their colourful pelts and mischievous ways.  

$125.00 (NZD) each


Paper mache sculptures by minu
Paper mache sculptures by minu

The new Keepers are very well-rounded indeed.
Oui, Kti, and Uno are dappled in dawn colours. 

$160.00 (NZD) each


Paper mache sculptures by minu
Paper mache sculptures by minu

The new Sprites look after rare forest flowers.
Sni, Snu, and Siu plant seeds and bring rain to the little seedlings.

$125.00 (NZD) each


Paper mache sculptures by minu
Paper mache sculptures by minu

The new Night Keepers are joined by a new Dawn companion.
Mji, Miu, and Moi keep their little charges safe.

$160.00 (NZD) each


New Collagraph Prints by minu
New Collagraph Prints by minu

Forest Walker #1 – Handprinted Collagraph Print, Limited edition of 6

$160.00 (NZD) each

The Forest Walker is the first print from my new Collagraph prints series using Tetra Pak cartons.

And coming soon …  

I am working on a new illustration series that will be printed as Fine Art Giclee Prints. The new series is a continuation of the 2007 to 2010 Lilu illustrations that some of you might remember. The new Lilus are drawn in pencil and painted in watercolours. The originals are then scanned and printed in limited editions on 100% cotton paper using fine art inks. They will be available in A3, printed here in New Zealand, and signed, numbered and shipped by me. The first print is printed as I write this newsletter, and I can’t wait to see the final results! I hope to have the first set ready to sell later this month. If you want a sneak peak you can follow my progress so far on Instagram. 

New Fine Art Prints By Minu
New Fine Art Prints By Minu

International Shipping via Etsy is now possible!

The minu Etsy shop now offers international shipping to the United States, Canada, European Union, and United Kingdom. All shipments will be tracked, and you can follow the progress of your order directly on your Etsy order page. Please remember that most countries have tightened customs rules and Etsy now charges GST or VAT where required!  

For subscribers shipping in New Zealand remains free!

For all domestic orders you can use the free local shipping coupon FREENZ2022 at the minu.felt.co.nz and minu.etsy.com checkouts.


Other creatures are listed at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz already.  Have a look and see if one of them wins your heart and, as always, do not hesitate to contact me for a custom order or commission.

Thank you so much for your support,

\(^-^)/

Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak

You might have seen glimpses of a new printmaking series on Instagram, and I thought I tell you a bit more about it.

New Collagraph Prints by minu
New Collagraph Prints by minu

The printing plates are made using recycled Tetra Paks, and the prints have an aged look – you can almost feel that something old or used is involved. So far, I have managed only a few prints from each plate and the prints all have their individual quirks.

How It’s Done

STEP 1 – First, I open the carton, wash it, and let it dry. Then, I place the design, taking the folds and creases of the carton into account, and cut the plate.

Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak
Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak

STEP 2 – I scratch the design into the surface with an etching needle, or remove the coating completely for extra dark shading.

Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak
Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak

STEP 3 – Once the plate is completed, I ink it like any other intaglio plate and run it through the etching press.

Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak
Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak
Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak
Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak

The grey shading is amazing, but for this series I mix the colours on the plate, and touch-up the prints with coloured pencils to give the design some more vibrance.

Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak
Collagraph printmaking using Tetra Pak

And that’s how it’s done … or how I do it.

Resources

Watch the great Tetra Pak Etching Movie by The Virtual Art Room on Youtube, or follow the amazing Karen Wicks @iacartroom on Instagram for more tutorials.

2022 here I come … ready or not so ready!

What’s in store for 2022? Well … a lot, actually!

International shipping will commence with NZPosts’s tracked Economy service, a new series of paintings on bamboo and hand-pulled prints and collagraphs are in the making, as well as affordable Gallery Quality Fine Art Prints. … And other things I can’t tell you about … yet :)! 

New Work – collagraph printmaking

You might have seen glimpses of my new printmaking series using recycled tetra packs as plates on Instagram.

New Collagraph Prints by minu
New Collagraph Prints by minu

I am super excited to show you more next year!

New Paintings on recycled bamboo and wood

Again, first glimpses of new paintings can be spotted on Instagram.

New Paintings on bamboo by minu
New Paintings on bamboo by minu

I can’t wait to experiment and develop this style further in 2022

The Spheres Books

And remember I was planning to finish the manuscript for my first book? I did (!!!). The Illustrations are still a work in progress – nothing to show just yet – but the manuscript passed two rounds of proofreading and first-reader feedback. Now that I’ll come out of my writing closet, I’ll need to figure out strategies for publishing and marketing while keeping everything else going and growing.

So … 2022 here I come, ready or not so ready!

Thank you,

\(^-^)/

December Studio Sale

Each day from December 1 to 12, a special artwork will be available at a discounted price at minu.felt.co.nz.

Wood Sprites - Paper mache sculptures by minu
Wood Sprites – Paper mache sculptures by minu

Follow @minufreitag or @shopminufreitag on Instagram to not miss out!

Day 1 – SOLD – Vessel hand-coloured drypoint print

Day 2 – SOLD – Girl with scarf, drypoint print

Day 3 – SOLD – the last ‘Viech’, a real Cutie with Claws

Day 4 – Afternoon Tea No. 14, Snow-Rabbit #2, Drypoint

Day 5 – Walker, Hand-coloured Collagraph Print

Day 6 – Shhh… No. 5, hand coloured Drypoint Print

Day 7 – Shhh… No-6, hand-coloured Drypoint Print

Day 8 – Sending Messages, drypoint print

Day 9 – SOLD – 20% off for the red Wood Sprite!

Day 10 – SOLD – $20.00 off for the tall, midnight- blue Forest Walker

Day 11 – SOLD – 20% off for the tall, orange Wood Sprite!

Day 12 – SOLD – $20.00 off the small, grey Forest Walker

Looking for a special xmas pressie? Have a look at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz and see if one of my creatures wins your heart.

Thank you,

\(^-^)/

November Shop Update

Time rushes by and the summer holidays are almost here! So it’s time for a colourful Xmas shop update.

The new Wood Sprites are ready to be officially introduced, and the new Secret Keepers, Forest Spirits, and Forest Walkers will join the Night Forest tribes.

The creatures will go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, November 9, 2021. If you see something you like, let me know, and I’ll reserve it for you!


Wood sprites Bird Totem #1 - Paper mache sculptures by minu
Wood sprites – Paper mache sculptures by minu

The creatures below will be available at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz  from November 9th. Each sculpture is hand-made sustainably from paper mache, painted with fluid acrylics, and finished with a glossy glaze.  They are individually crafted in mini series, so let me know if you see something you like, and I’ll reserve it for you.

The prices are in the $120 to $180 dollar range (NZD). Shipping in New Zealand it free, and tracked shipping to Australia is between 20 and 40 dollars. Please ask for a quote for shipping to Europe, the USA, and Canada.

For newsletter subscribers a 20% off Xmas coupon* will be waiting for you if you buy directly, or use the code MINUXMAS2021 at the minu.felt.co.nz and minu.etsy.com checkouts.

*) This offer is limited to one time use per customer and one item per purchase and valid until Sunday November 14, 2021.

If you missed out this time, do not hesitate to contact me for a custom order or commission.

Wood Sprites

Wood sprites Bird Totem #1 - Paper mache sculptures by minu
Wood sprites Bird Totem #1 – Paper mache sculptures by minu

Wood sprites #1, #2 and #3  – These three sprites love to hide in cool places in summer.

$80 to $140 (NZD) each


Wood sprites - Paper mache sculptures by minu
Wood sprites – Paper mache sculptures by minu

Wood sprites #4 and #5  – These tall sprites are very curious and like to wave their articulated arms.

$140 (NZD) each


New Keepers

New Keepers - Paper mache sculptures by minu
New Keepers – Paper mache sculptures by minu

New Keepers – Raven  Keeper number #1 and #2 join the first Little Heart Keeper #1 . 

$140.00 (NZD) each


New Keepers - Paper mache sculptures by minu
Secret Keeper #3 – Paper mache sculpture

Night Keeper #2 treasures  your heart and keeps it save from harm.

$140.00 (NZD)


More Walkers

New walkers - Paper mache sculptures by minu
New walkers – Paper mache sculptures by minu

New Forest walkers – The taller Forest Walker #5 is joined by the smaller #6, #7

$120.00 to $140.00 (NZD) each


Last Call for Xmas Commissions

Heart Keeper - Paper mache sculptures by minu
Heart Keeper – Paper mache sculptures by minu

The tall Heart Keepers are made to order. The perfect xmas gift!

$180.00 (NZD)


Other creatures are listed at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz already.  Have a look and see if one of them wins your heart.

Thank you,

\(^-^)/

Shh… September Shop Update Preview

The new Bird totems are ready to be officially introduced, and the new Secret Keepers, Forest Spirits, and Forest Walkers will join the Night Forest tribes.


The creatures below will be available at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz  from September 10th. Each sculpture is hand-made sustainably from paper mache, painted with fluid acrylics, and finished with a glossy glaze.  They are individually crafted in mini series, so let me know if you see something you like, and I’ll reserve it for you.

The prices are in the $120 to $160 dollar range (NZD). Shipping in New Zealand it free, and tracked shipping to Australia is between 20 and 40 dollars. Please ask for a quote for shipping to Europe, the USA, and Canada.

For newsletter subscribers a 20% off Spring coupon* will be waiting for you if you buy directly, or use the newsletter coupon code at the minu.felt.co.nz checkout.

*) This offer is limited to one time use per customer and one item per purchase and valid until Sunday September 12, 2021.

If you missed out this time, do not hesitate to contact me for a custom order or commission.

Bird totems

Bird totems - Paper mache sculpture
Bird totems – Paper mache sculpture

Bird totems #3 (black) and #4 (white)– The new Bird Totems love swimming and are excellent divers.

$140.00 (NZD) each


Bird Totem #1 - Paper mache sculpture
Bird Totem #1 – Paper mache sculpture

Bird totems #3 (black) and #4 (white)– The taller Bird Totems might not be able to take off, but they can still make mischief.

$160.00 (NZD) each


New Secret Keepers

Secret Keeper #2 - Paper mache sculpture
Secret Keeper #2 – Paper mache sculpture

Secret Keeper #2  – The Secret Keepers are well rounded and very diligent. This one keeps the secrets of your heart and will tell no one what you confide in it.

$160 (NZD)


Secret Keeper #3 - Paper mache sculpture
Secret Keeper #3 – Paper mache sculpture

Secret Keeper #3  – This Secret Keeper is well rounded and very diligent. This one keeps the secrets of the heart tree – the first tree in the Night Forest to blossom in spring.

$160.00 (NZD)


New Forest Keepers

Forest Keeper #3 and #4 - Paper mache sculpture
Forest Keeper #3 and #4 – Paper mache sculpture

Forest Keeper #3 and #4  – These two Forest Keeper are well rounded and very proud of their bright pelts and spring seedlings.

$140.00 (NZD)


New Forest Walkers

Forest Walker #3 and #4 - Paper mache sculpture
Forest Walker #3 and #4 – Paper mache sculpture

Forest Walker #1  – These two Forest Walkers come in shiny pelts and are very proud of their star-tipped seedlings.

$120.00 (NZD)


Other creatures are listed at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz already.  Have a look and see if one of them wins your heart.

Thank you,

\(^-^)/

Shh … July 2021 Shop Update Preview

The new Lantern Dragons and Forest Walkers are ready to be introduced officially.

Winter Walkers, paper mache sculptures

The creatures below will be available at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz  from July 1st. Each sculpture is hand-made sustainably from paper mache, painted with fluid acrylics, and finished with a glossy glaze.  They are individually crafted in mini series, so let me know if you see something you like, and I’ll reserve it for you.

The prices are in the $120 to $200 dollar range (NZD). Shipping in New Zealand it free and tracked shipping to Australia is between 30 and 50 dollars. Please ask for a quote for shipping to Europe, the USA, and Canada.

For newsletter subscribers a 20% off welcome back coupon* will be waiting for you if you buy directly, or use the coupon code  MINUNEWSJULY2021 at the Etsy or Felt checkouts.

*) This offer is valid  until Sunday July 11, 2021.

If you missed out this time, do not hesitate to contact me for a custom order or commission.

The new Lantern Dragons

Lantern Dragon #4 - Paper mache sculpture
Lantern Dragon #4 – Paper mache sculpture

Lantern Dragon #4  – This Lantern Dragon is well rounded but a bit shy.

$200 (NZD)


Lantern dragon #5 – Paper mache sculpture
Lantern dragon #5 – Paper mache sculpture

Lantern Dragon #5  – Number 5 is a well rounded night owl.

$200 (NZD)


Lantern dragon #6 – Paper mache sculpture
Lantern dragon #6 – Paper mache sculpture

Lantern Dragon #6  – Dragon Number 6  is round and of a happy nature.

$200 (NZD)


Lantern Dragon #3 – Paper mache sculpture by minu

Lantern Dragon #3  – Dragon Number 3 is small in size, but big when it comes to mischief.

$120.00 (NZD)


Lantern dragon #2 – Paper mache sculpture
Lantern dragon #2 – Paper mache sculpture

Lantern Dragon #2  – Lantern Dragon Number two might be small, but it is free spirit.

$120.00 (NZD)


The new Forest and Winter Walkers

Forest Walker #1 – Paper mache sculpture
Forest Walker #1 – Paper mache sculpture

Forest Walker #1  – This four-legged Forest Walker can be a bit moody.

$140.00 (NZD)


Winter Walker #2 – Paper mache sculpture
Winter Walker #2 – Paper mache sculpture

Winter Walker #1  – The smaller four-legged Winter Walker is curious and will win your heart in no time.

$120.00 (NZD)


Winter Walker #2 – Paper mache sculpture
Winter Walker #2 – Paper mache sculpture

Winter Walker #2  – The bigger Winter Walker is a perfect charmer.

$140.00 (NZD)


Forest Walker #2 - Paper mache sculpture by minu
Forest Walker #2 – Paper mache sculpture by minu

Forest Walker #2  – Forest Walker Number 2 might be small, but it is very curious.

$120.00 (NZD)


Other creatures are listed at  minu.etsy.com and minu.felt.co.nz already.  Have a look and see if one of them wins your heart.

Thank you,

\(^-^)/

Studio Sales

Part of the June Studio Sale at minu.felt.co.nz are a few ancient treasures.

My favourites this month are This one is for you and Or the faint smell of leaves. Both prints are from 2010 and influenced by a longing for autumns in Europe, especially the tradition of Blätterruscheln … I even feel a bit homesick looking at these ten years later.

 

Things in the making.

New paper mache work by minu
New paper mache work by minu

New Paper mache figurines

I am working on a new series of paper mache sculptures.  You can follow my progress on the minu Blog or at Instagram.

Shop updates

Autumn spirit #1 and #2 are now available on minu.felt.co.nz and minu.etsy.com. 

Autumn spirit #1 and 2- Paper mache sculpture
Autumn spirit #1 and 2- Paper mache sculpture

As are the two new Night spirits #1 and #2.

Night spirit #1 and #2- Paper mache sculpture
Night spirit #1 and #2- Paper mache sculpture

More to come … bear with me!