We catch up with creative duo, Inaluxe

Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd met while studying at art school back in 1992, where their shared passion for art history, music and film formed the foundation of their lifelong friendship. Years later in 2006, Kristina began Inaluxe as an online presence for her various art projects. Jason joined the creative studio a short while later, and the pair have been creating collaboratively ever since.

Their work is inspired by the nature that can be found in nearby Grampian National Park, as well as the ideas and concepts they talked endlessly about in their art school days.

To celebrate the launch of their new collection of prints, we caught up with Kristina and Jason to learn more about their latest work.

Aqua Blossom and Ensemble in Green

Q. Hi Kristina and Jason, it’s great to catch up again as we celebrate the release of your latest collection of prints. Could you tell us a little bit about them?

A. Our latest collection is a celebration of colour, and shape. We’ve always been inspired by the incredible diversity of plants, and nature. How flowers smell, look, feel to touch, and our relationship with the environment. Nature features heavily in our work. The other side of this is the abstract collection. Still very much about the emotive and connected aspect we all share as humans, but in a less literal sense.

Q. What have been your latest inspirations?

A. Exploring ‘how art makes us feel’ has been a bigger focus over the last year. A desire to create art where every person can experience their own unique connection. It might be joy, comfort, happiness, reflection, or wonder. Over the years, we have had many people share how much they love looking at their inaluxe designs on a daily basis. They bring something positive into their lives and homes, and it’s the biggest compliment and joy for us. 

Q. Last time we spoke you were both living in the Grampians, in Victoria, Australia. Is this still the place you call home?

A. Yes, we are still in the Grampians. We moved house about seven years ago, but are still in the same area. Our new home was featured in Apartment Therapy in January of this year. Photographer Natalie Jeffcott came out and took some photos, and we had a lovely chat about our newish 1950’s home. We haven’t renovated much, however, we’re hoping to do some of this soon.

Kristina and Jason’s 1950s home in Grampians, Australia. Photo credit: Natalie Jeffcott
Kristina and Jason’s 1950s home in Grampians, Australia. credit: Natalie Jeffcott

Q. How does the National Park and local flora and fauna influence your work?

A. It’s been a real positive for us. Every year we experience something new about the native flora and fauna. Being surrounded by mountains, native birds, blue tongue lizards, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and the many amazing native plants, has been awe inspiring. The list is too long to even mention! It’s amazing, and life affirming. As artists, it also comes through in our artwork. 

Q. How has your collaborative creative process developed over the years?

A. We’re a lot more comfortable working together. It took  a little bit of time in the early years to work out how our individual styles could come together. It’s always a real joy, and delight to see what happens when we collaborate. It’s made the process of creating a lot more rewarding. We also work on designs independently of one another, so there’s never a dull moment in the studio. 

Q. You became friends back in 1992 while at art school. What do you think younger Kristina and Jason would say if they could see the success of Inaluxe today? 

A. Wow… that’s so cool! Thanks for believing in us. 

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