Influenced greatly by traditional floral patterns like those made by 18th century William Morris, Cain’s most early work was floral based. Drawing intricate patterns seen throughout his
surroundings. Creating flowers and documenting them in scetch books. Then developed ideas and furthered work. Upon emigrating to New Zealand Cain became fascinated with designs and pattern that he saw resulting in playing around with old ideas and mixing the two very different styles together, creating these hybrid designs. What appears to be a simple, William Morris inspired wallpaper design, reveals playful fantails, tikis grimacing, or crashing waves - all invite a closer look and upon inspection you recognise those familiar NZ icons that have touched us all.
Created by a mix of screen printing and hand painting presented on recycled wooden boards.
Framed with recycled Rimu. 2016 - 2018