Artwork feature on Kijani Grows garden kits

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Earlier this month, I was contacted by Eric Maundu of Kijani Grows.  Kijani Grows in an Oakland based smart aquaponics startup.  They make Arduino-controlled aquarium-fed gardens for businesses, schools and individuals.

Eric had found one of my early pen doodles online, and thought the style would be well suited to a pyrograph image on some of their new garden kits for schools.

I recently received pictures of a prototype kit printed with my Jellyfish I sketch.  The completed prototype came even nicer than I had hoped!

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I was also very pleased to see the pictures of the kit itself.  It is flat-packed for shipping, and includes easy to follow assembly instructions, which are burned into the wood alongside my illustration and the Kijani Grows logo.  Overall, it is a very clever design, which I expect will be very educational in schools.

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I look forward to working with Kijani Grows to complete a series of commissions of other sea-life pen illustrations for other units.  I have also been promised a kit of my own once they go into production - very useful to grow my own subjects for botanical illustration, as well as some of my own food


This collaboration has been a particularly creative example of how my illustrations can be applied to commercial products.  Most of my existing pieces are available in multiple formats to be licenced for commercial use, and I am eager to work with others to develop creative custom product art.

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