Me and Amber – screenprinted artwork

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When my daughter Penny was born, a friend in London sent her a gift that I’m quite sure she will have her whole life. It’s a lithograph of the world’s first prepaid postage stamp, the ‘Penny Black’. The image is striking and certainly not what you would expect to see framed on a nursery wall.

For me, the Penny Black highlighted the fact that there are few pieces of art that will fit both a child’s and an adult’s décor. However, when I saw the screenprinted images by design duo Me and Amber, I was captivated. Artists Karen and Amber screenprint small, limited edition artworks onto the pages of old books. No two are the same and the bold colours and defined images contrast perfectly with the yellowing pages of the books.

The animal prints are an obvious choice for children but it’s the people, particularly the little girl holding a heart-shaped balloon, that are simply beautiful.

The prints range from $39 to $49 depending on size and are available from a number of independent stores around Australia. Check Me and Amber for a full listing or head straight to the Potts Point bookshop (Potts Point, Sydney), Published Art (Surrey Hills, Sydney), Wilkins and Kent (Fitzroy, Melbourne) or Lulu (Balaclava, Melbourne) where the prints are stocked.

Thanks to Babyology reader Kris, who spotted these lovely pieces at Melbourne’s Federation Square Design Market and knew that other Babyologists would appreciate them. If you visited Magnolia Square in Sydney last week you would have also seen them there.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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