Henrietta Harris: Haven't You Ever Looked Up?

Our talented friend, Henrietta Harris' latest charming print, Haven't You Ever Looked Up?, has us wanting to swirl up our hair and adopt the messy-bun trend once again. In between gallery showings and sketching for magazines we caught up with the artist - whose popularity is growing by the minute - to chat about the inspiration behind the print and what's in store this year.

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Tell us a bit about this illustration?

I did some sketchbook drawings of a girl with a top-bun just as a fun quick practice and loved how the hair looked all messy piled on top like this. So I took some photos of Auckland blogger Maddy Budd in my studio and used her as a model as she's very photogenic/paintogenic. This painting is more of an on-going attempt to capture a snippet of movement and familiarity.

How has the start of 2014 been for you? What exciting things have you been working on?

2014 has been pretty amazing so far! I worked over Christmas (which was 2013 I know) on an illustration of 6 French chefs for Vanity Fair France which was pretty daunting. I'm happy with how it turned out though. I've also been working on pieces for a group show in March at my gallery in Miami which includes work by Banksy, KAWS and Anthony Lister amongst others. Also very daunting! As well as those two things, I finished off the artwork for Grayson Gilmour's next album Infinite Life.

What can we expect to see from you for the rest of the year?

I can just now confirm I'm having a solo show also in Miami in February next year! It'll be an indulgence to have an entire year to work on pieces - usually these things are some what rushed. I'm not sure what else I'll be up to yet, it's been a bit crazy and I never plan more than a few weeks ahead at the best of times so I'm just thinking about the solo show really.

Henrietta Harris

Find out how you can get yourself one at www.henriettaharris.com!

Shop One Night at Ruby!

New Zealand’s first and only online fashion night Shop One Night, brought to you by the team at Shop What's New is back for 2013!

We're excited to announce our limited edition product for Shop One Night, in association with Cleo Magazine.

The talented New Zealand illustrator & artist Henrietta Harris has customised ten classic Vans Authentics to be sold only online at shop.rubynz.com on Wednesday 5th of June.

Capturing Henrietta’s signature style, the limited edition Vans feature motifs from Henrietta’s on-going sketchbook she keeps, to explore fresh and informal ideas.

With only ten of these very special Vans, they won’t stick around!


The Vans Authentics are available for purchase for $199 on Wednesday 5th of June from 5.00pm until 12.00am.

We spoke to the lovely Henrietta about the inspiration behind her Vans designs....

Henrietta Harris

I have kept sketchbooks for years and don't really show them to people as there is a lot of nonsense in there. But I go through phases of obsessively drawing in them every night and I approach the work differently from my "fine art", not sure why. I decided to see if I could recreate some of the pages on to the shoes, and it seemed to work quite well! I tried to make each pair interesting and aesthetically pleasing, as well as being wearable.

Henrietta Harris

What pair do you want for yourself?

The eggs!

Henrietta Harris

What exciting things are you currently working on?

I'm currently doing some food illustrations for a few magazines, painting portraits of male models (such a drag) for an online magazine called BITE, doing some exciting things for an amazing NYC/LA jewellery line Vera Meat and working on new paintings for an eventual show somewhere sometime.