This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Bright Bursts Of Winter Botanicals In 'Wonderland'

Art

Hampton-based visual artist Antoinette Ferwerda celebrates the vast spectrum of winter botanicals in her upcoming exhibition, Wonderland.

Celebrating the one-year anniversary of opening her Brighton East studio and gallery, Antoinette invites us inside her recently transformed space to showcase her biggest and boldest collection of paintings yet! 

11th June, 2019

Artwork – Hibiscus, Petunia, Tulip, Antoinette Ferwerda. Rug from Designer Rugs (Poppy Boulevard), Side Table from Trit House, Sculptures, Design Stuff (Ferm LIVING), Arm chair from Trit House. Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Blackcurrant Conserve and Lady Fingers. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Artwork – Bluebell, Forget Me Not, Antoinette Ferwerda. Rug from Designer Rugs (Vapour), Ottoman from Arthur G, Cushion from Cakebread. Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Master Blue. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Artwork – Water Lily, Antoinette Ferwerda. Rug from Designer Rugs (Mineral), Side Table from Trit House, Lamp from Angelucci, Arm chair from Arthur G. Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Master Blue and Blue Shell. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Artwork – Camellia, Antoinette Ferwerda. Rug from Designer Rugs (Onyx & Vintage Maroon), Side table from Voyager Interiors, Lamp from House of Orange, Ottoman from King Living. Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Blackcurrant Conserve, Lady Fingers. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Artwork – Royal Lily, Passionfruit Bloom, Coral Bloom, Gerbera & Lavender, Antoinette Ferwerda. Table from Globewest, Dining Chairs from Globewest, Purple Glass from Design Stuff, Blue Glass from Stylist. Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Blue Shell, Lady Fingers. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Artwork – Stargazer Lily, Japanese Lily & Orchid, Antoinette Ferwerda. Rug from Designer Rugs (Onyx), Arm Chair from Voyager Interiors. Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Lady Fingers. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Artwork – Bougainvillea, Antoinette Ferwerda. Rug from Designer Rugs (Miami) Arm Chair from Arthur G, Cushion from Cakebread, Magazine Rack from Trit House (AYTM). Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Master Blue and Blue Shell. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Artwork – Desert Rose, Antoinette Ferwerda. Rug from Designer Rugs (Miami), Side table from Trit House, Glass Bowl from Stylist. Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Master Blue.Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Artwork –Wisteria & Ruby Bloom, Antoinette Ferwerda. Rug from Designer Rugs (Mineral), Console Table from Trit House, Lamp from Angelucci, Brass Sculpture from Stylist. Florist – Pomp & Splendour. Paint – Dulux, Master Blue. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Photo Assistant – Rochelle Eagle. Stylist – Bree Leech.

Sally Tabart
Tuesday 11th June 2019

Initially studying graphic design at university, Antoinette Ferwerda went on to spend almost 15 years working in the pharmaceutical industry before changing lanes completely and choosing to focus on her blossoming art practice. Spending time living in remote pockets of Papua New Guinea, Darwin, and extended periods of time exploring her family heritage in Europe, Antoinette looks to her diverse life experiences, and the daily joys of nature from ‘the earth below to the stars above’ to inspire her vibrant work.

An extension of her previous Nebula collection, Antoinette’s upcoming Wonderland series observes the botanical world in the same way she does the cosmic. ‘Nebulas are derived by stars and have vibrant colour at their core,’ explains Antoinette. ‘botanicals are much the same, with the central heart at the core of the petals’. The latest collection explores the artist’s favourite winter blooms. Dramatic bursts of colour reach out to each corner of the canvas with large-scale pieces making a dramatic statement, while smaller artworks act as small windows of joy, bringing abstracted depictions of natural beauty indoors. As well as these original artworks, limited-edition works on paper offer accessible options for all spaces and budgets.

After spending the last decade working full time on her art practice, this exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of opening the doors to her Brighton East working studio and gallery space, where Antoinette showcases select bodies of work. ‘It was my vision to make my studio feel like it was alive with a winter garden wonderland,’ she tells of her recently transformed space, that has been almost a year in the making. Antoinette has explored ‘mediums, layers and textures’ and experimented with mixed mediums in Wonderland – with over 25 new works, it’s her biggest and boldest exhibition to date.

Wonderland by Antoinette Ferwerda
Opening June 13th from 6pm 
June 13th-27th 
659 Nepean Highway 
Brighton East, Victoria 

This Week

Creative People

Andalusian-Inspired Lampshades, Handwoven In Sydney

Lana Launay makes her textured light covers from natural materials such as coffee-stained raffia, coconut shell rope and bamboo yarn.

Homes

A Modern Family’s Treetop Rental Property

The heartwarming North Warrandyte rental of Tilly Barber, her six-year-old son Mars, and friends Albee Barton and Justyn Burrow.

Architecture

A Malaysian-Inspired Adaptable House In Brisbane

'Three House' by architect John Ellway sees three pavilions brought together as one breathable, flexible home in Paddington.

Creative People

A Truly Magical Tapestry Collaboration Between Local Artists + Weavers

Works by Eugenia Lim, Atong Atem, Troy Emery and Hayley Millar Baker were recrafted as tapestries by weavers at the Australian Tapestry Work...

Studio Visit

The Amazing Art-Making Of Thea Anamara Perkins

The Arrernte and Kalkadoon artist is renowned for her vivid, personal portraits of prominent First Nations figures. We talked to the accompl...

Gardens

A Grandmother's Accessible, Flower-Filled Dream Garden!

Outdoor Establishments have turned a barren acreage in outer Sydney into an elderly client's dream garden featuring Eco Outdoor products.

Food

Julia's Miso Salmon Bowl With Udon Noodles And Crunchy Greens

The onset of winter and lockdown in Victoria means we're back in comfort food mode – and this warm miso salmon bowl with crunchy greens h...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Stays

A Quaint + Charming Holiday Cottage That Feels Like Home

Lotte's Hjem is a 150-year-old weatherboard nestled in the heart of Pambula on the Sapphire Coast.

Art

The Secret Mystical Paintings of International Art Sensation, Hilma af Klint

The visionary Swedish artist’s enormous colourful artworks were hidden from the world for decades. Now, they are on show at Art Gallery of...

Shopping

The Aboriginal-Owned Homewares Brand Bringing First Nations Art To Homes + Classrooms Across Australia!

Bundjalung/Minjungbal woman Emma Rolls of Emro Designs shares her collection of rugs, cushions and soon-to-be-released picnic mats featuring...

Architecture

An Architect’s Reworking Of Sir Roy Grounds’ Former Balmain Home

A heritage 1970s house in Balmain once owned by Sir Roy Grounds has been its re-engineered by its present owner, architect Conrad Johnston o...

Architecture

A Dessert-Inspired ‘60s Home Makeover!

From banana Paddle Pop yellow, to chocolatey timber, this 1960s home makeover by Wowowa brings colour and personality to this mid century ho...

Interiors

This Revamped Edwardian Home Has A Different Mood For Every Room

Interior Designer Georgina Jeffries delivers a classic yet contemporary makeover of a heritage home – where moments of delight are everywh...

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life of ‘Hamilton’ Star, Chloé Zuel

We go behind the scenes of the Australian production of the most famous musical in the world - with Eliza Hamilton herself!

In Print

A Rustic Shed Accommodation On The Victorian Surfcoast Hinterland

Lose yourself in the classic Lynda Gardener aesthetic with her new book 'Curate: Inspiration for an Individual Home' published by Hachette A...
Ali Heath

View Comments

Similar Stories

Art

The Secret Mystical Paintings of International Art Sensation, Hilma af Klint

The visionary Swedish artist’s enormous colourful artworks were hidden from the world for decades. Now, they are on show at Art Gallery of...

Creative People

A Truly Magical Tapestry Collaboration Between Local Artists + Weavers

Works by Eugenia Lim, Atong Atem, Troy Emery and Hayley Millar Baker were recrafted as tapestries by weavers at the Australian Tapestry Work...

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents: 'Here, In My Mind', By Amalia Keefer

We're so excited to be hosting the debut solo show from this promising young artist!

This Week

Creative People

Andalusian-Inspired Lampshades, Handwoven In Sydney

Lana Launay makes her textured light covers from natural materials such as coffee-stained raffia, coconut shell rope and bamboo yarn.

Art

The Secret Mystical Paintings of International Art Sensation, Hilma af Klint

The visionary Swedish artist’s enormous colourful artworks were hidden from the world for decades. Now, they are on show at Art Gallery of...

Creative People

A Truly Magical Tapestry Collaboration Between Local Artists + Weavers

Works by Eugenia Lim, Atong Atem, Troy Emery and Hayley Millar Baker were recrafted as tapestries by weavers at the Australian Tapestry Work...

Food

Julia's Miso Salmon Bowl With Udon Noodles And Crunchy Greens

The onset of winter and lockdown in Victoria means we're back in comfort food mode – and this warm miso salmon bowl with crunchy greens h...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Interiors

This Revamped Edwardian Home Has A Different Mood For Every Room

Interior Designer Georgina Jeffries delivers a classic yet contemporary makeover of a heritage home – where moments of delight are everywh...

Architecture

A Malaysian-Inspired Adaptable House In Brisbane

'Three House' by architect John Ellway sees three pavilions brought together as one breathable, flexible home in Paddington.

Gardens

A Grandmother's Accessible, Flower-Filled Dream Garden!

Outdoor Establishments have turned a barren acreage in outer Sydney into an elderly client's dream garden featuring Eco Outdoor products.

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life of ‘Hamilton’ Star, Chloé Zuel

We go behind the scenes of the Australian production of the most famous musical in the world - with Eliza Hamilton herself!

In Print

A Rustic Shed Accommodation On The Victorian Surfcoast Hinterland

Lose yourself in the classic Lynda Gardener aesthetic with her new book 'Curate: Inspiration for an Individual Home' published by Hachette A...
Ali Heath

Architecture

An Architect’s Reworking Of Sir Roy Grounds’ Former Balmain Home

A heritage 1970s house in Balmain once owned by Sir Roy Grounds has been its re-engineered by its present owner, architect Conrad Johnston o...

Studio Visit

The Amazing Art-Making Of Thea Anamara Perkins

The Arrernte and Kalkadoon artist is renowned for her vivid, personal portraits of prominent First Nations figures. We talked to the accompl...

Architecture

A Dessert-Inspired ‘60s Home Makeover!

From banana Paddle Pop yellow, to chocolatey timber, this 1960s home makeover by Wowowa brings colour and personality to this mid century ho...

Homes

A Modern Family’s Treetop Rental Property

The heartwarming North Warrandyte rental of Tilly Barber, her six-year-old son Mars, and friends Albee Barton and Justyn Burrow.

Shopping

The Aboriginal-Owned Homewares Brand Bringing First Nations Art To Homes + Classrooms Across Australia!

Bundjalung/Minjungbal woman Emma Rolls of Emro Designs shares her collection of rugs, cushions and soon-to-be-released picnic mats featuring...

Stays

A Quaint + Charming Holiday Cottage That Feels Like Home

Lotte's Hjem is a 150-year-old weatherboard nestled in the heart of Pambula on the Sapphire Coast.

Similar Stories

Art

The Secret Mystical Paintings of International Art Sensation, Hilma af Klint

The visionary Swedish artist’s enormous colourful artworks were hidden from the world for decades. Now, they are on show at Art Gallery of...

Creative People

A Truly Magical Tapestry Collaboration Between Local Artists + Weavers

Works by Eugenia Lim, Atong Atem, Troy Emery and Hayley Millar Baker were recrafted as tapestries by weavers at the Australian Tapestry Work...

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents: 'Here, In My Mind', By Amalia Keefer

We're so excited to be hosting the debut solo show from this promising young artist!

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.