A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN ANIMALS
“I want to change the way we look at Africa’s animals. My focus in each new range is to portray the animals in such a light that will make us respect them, remember them and ultimately conserve them for future generations. As an artist we carry the possibility to use our art to communicate and capture the status of our current times and alter peoples thinking. We will save what we love. I hope through my Whimsical Collection work that I have ignited a certain kind of love for Africa’s wild that will inspire us to protect them.”
Desiree Smith, the artist behind Whimsical Collection
When touring and crossing Africa you can never avoid the popular souvenirs that reflects the continent’s Sub-Saharan wildlife. Very rarely will you come across a brand that makes you pause, linger and smile – Whimsical Collection is one.
Since their beginnings in 2013, they have constantly created fun and memorable designs that feature practical products. A piece of Africa to take home with you, with the feeling that you have done a good deed for dedicated staff from disadvantaged African countries and contributed funds to fight poaching.
Current ranges include:
Wildlife in Flight – animals floating on vintage hot air balloons. By putting the animals in an unlikely space, they have managed to capture the imaginations of onlookers.
Wildlife at Leisure – bringing Africa’s wildlife into homes. Leisurely enjoying themselves on the sofa and not ready to get up just yet. “I tried to paint the animals on the kind of sofa I can imagine they would have in their own home. Envision this animal coming over for a visit and asking you for another sugar in its coffee” says the artist.
Wildlife in Colour is about diversity and takes a modern approach to our animals and portrays them in the colours of the rainbow. This range aims to stop you in your tracks and demand that you to take another look. Each image was specifically selected to showcase the animal in such a light as one would want to experience them on safari.
Whimsical Christmas was introduced in September 2017. Here, the artist chose the six most popular animals to bring warmth to the festive season. A more serious approach was taken, considering each was individually painted with oil on board. Inspired by the hues of the African planes and the traditional symbols and colours of Christmas, they have created a range that provides a touch of Africa under the tree which includes a set of six dinner placemats, six gift cards and six greeting cards.
Pink/Orange zebra is about seeing our animals in a different way through a different light or colour. By design, the idea of African wildlife will linger and inspire the world to conserve and protect these glorious beasts that we are custodians of.
The Whimsical Collection is available online
June 11, 2020
November 14, 2019
October 30, 2019