Old Oakhamian Anna Gonzalez (’16) has recently launched her new classical art print business ‘Aster&Selene’ and has donated two of her beautiful prints to Oakham’s Classics Department.
Anna started the business as a ‘lockdown project’ and as a classicist and lover of design, she decided to create and sell products that honour the origins of the classical style. Aster&Selene is named after the moon goddess, Selene, and her son, Aster (the star).
Anna said, “I’m very conscious that Classics is largely inaccessible to most people, so this has been a big motivational factor for me. I wanted to create a brand for everyone and anyone to interact with ancient history – whether you know lots or nothing at all about it. I regularly chat through the artefacts I’ve recreated and why they’re important to the modern world.”
Anna draws everything digitally on her iPad and then her designs are printed onto premium art paper. All packaging is biodegradable (even the cellophane sleeves) and she has created a unique unwrapping experience with her own branding.
One of the pieces donated to the Classics Department is “Olive Pickers Amphora”, which has become one of her most popular prints. Anna said, “I really felt like I found my style when I did this one. The historical context around 500BC is also my favourite period. You can see the real artefact for this print in the British Museum!”
Anna continues, “I’m immensely grateful to the Classics Department – they always believed in me and pushed me to stretch my brain. I hope they can enjoy the art and that it’s a small reminder that many Oakhamians remember on a daily basis where the journey started.”
Head of Classics, Dr Will Leveritt, said, “We were delighted to welcome back Anna to the department and to see how her classical background has inspired her new business. We are also thrilled with her gift which is currently being framed.”
Anna’s prints are available to purchase via her Etsy shop on this link: www.etsy.com/shop/AsterAndSelene
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