If you’re yet to clap eyes on the gorgeous birdlife prints by our newest seller Eggpicnic, prepare for some serious gallery wall envy…
Simple yet striking, their unique take on our winged natives is so good, they’ve gone from decking out homes to colouring the City of Sydney’s multi-storey construction sites. What started as a meeting of creative minds for design duo Chris and Camila has now become an iconic Sydney-based studio that actively works for change.
“Eggpicnic was born in Milan, when I moved in with Chris and arrived with a basket full of eggs some friends at my old place had left behind,” explains Camila. “We boiled, scrambled and poached them and went on a picnic to Parco Sempione, where we decided for the first time to join our abilities in graphic, industrial design and our love for the natural world.”
The pair then moved to Chile, where they started experimenting with different design projects – guided by what they felt was important to communicate to the world. By the time they touched down in Australia’s Harbour City to start their next chapter, Chris and Camila were ready to grow Eggpicnic and transform it into a platform that could offer quality products, while educating people about wildlife conservation. “We are a bridge, between the wild and humans, between NGOs and citizens, and between science and art,” says Camila.
Creating characters that tread a fine line between art, design and cartoon, Eggpicnic aims to capture the beauty of the natural world with the hope of inspiring others to protect it. “We began fusing design and conservation to talk about our unique fellow species in order to inspire change in people’s hearts and minds,” says Camila. “We believe we are all capable of shifting the future and that education is fundamental in doing so. If you can reach people you can change and empower them.”
The process starts with research. “We use scientific data to select and help decide upon which story we want to tell,” Camila explains. “We rely on the data developed by scientists to open up conversations about our wildlife and the problems they face. With this information we are able to identify and determine aspects that can engage citizens and ultimately make a change.”
Once they’ve decided what they story want to capture, Camilla creates a hand sketch of the design, which is then passed on into digital format for the application of colour. All of Eggpicnic’s prints are produced in-house in their Darlinghurst studio – created with the utmost care and attention to quality, and the finest art paper and archival inks. One look at their colourful, contemporary designs and it’s clear why the City of Sydney chose Eggpicnic to decorate their construction hoardings – a move that allowed Chris and Camila to involve the entire community in their work.
So what’s next for Eggpicnic’s dynamic duo? “Continuing to grow our collection,” says Camila. “Our work is becoming more established as large scale public art, with an upcoming project with Sydney Olympic Park being revealed later this year. These new formats and mediums are something we want to explore further. For us, being able to make a difference, no matter how big, is the most important. Having people say they cannot walk away without an Eggpicnic print because of how happy it makes them feel gives me hope because once we fall in love with something we fiercely want to protect it. This is a great time to take part in this change and we can make this happen. We just need people to understand it’s worth doing.”