My Story

Negin Maddock Amanat

I am an illustrator, surface designer, and printmaker from Sydney, Australia. At university I studied mechanical engineering, and later a PhD in biomedical engineering. After completing my PhD, I spent a decade working mainly in the academic sector, and then… I had children. 

In 2014, I made a complete 180 degree career change after having my second daughter. I decided to follow my passion for illustration and printmaking, and Negin Designs (my third child) was born. I now design wallpapers and textiles for the interiors market specialising in bespoke detailed murals, depicting botanical paintings, birds and other animals. In 2017, I launched my first wallpaper and textile print collection, “Native Waltz”, with Sydney-based design studio Emily Ziz. The collection celebrates the unique beauty and diversity of Australian native flora and fauna with striking large scale murals all illustrated by hand.

Being a scientist, I take a very technical approach to my art making, I believe a deep understanding and knowledge of your subject matter are the key to a successful design. 

My Art Process

I always start with a pencil and a piece of paper. Some of my most successful ideas have come to fruition away from technology with only these two traditional resources.

I start with a rough sketch of my subject, and then refine with mostly ink or watercolour, but I dabble with a wide range of media. I prefer using a dip pen for inking as it gives the lines a depth of character that you just can’t accomplish using modern fine liners.

After all the “handy-work” is completed, I scan and digitise the artwork. The design is then finalised in either Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator (depending on the media used and the application).

I usually illustrate motifs and features of my designs separately and scan and digitise them separately; this allows for a fair bit of flexibility when working with technical repeats. Designing complex technical repeats is one of my expertise and I love the amount of maths that is often involved; keeps the engineer in me happy ;-)  

Exhibitions

"That was I, you heard last night." Direct-to-plate photopolymer etching, hand coloured. 30 x 28 cm. Natural Collection Artist Book.

"That was I, you heard last night." Direct-to-plate photopolymer etching, hand coloured. 30 x 28 cm. Natural Collection Artist Book.

Natural Collection
17 October 2018 - 17 March 2019
An exhibition of prints from the pages of the collaborative artists' book, Natural Collection, featuring the work of twenty-nine Warringah Printmakers Studio artists. The images each show an artist's view of the endangered and vulnerable wildlife and habitats of the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, NSW.
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly NSW Australia

Warringah Printmakers Studio Annual Exhibition
31st October - 11th November 2018
Warringah Creative Space, 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl NSW Australia

Overwintering: Sydney - 2018
Migratory shorebirds project. Held at the Warringah Printmakers Studio Gallery
Manly Vale NSW
June 22 - 24 2018

Warringah Printmakers Studio Annual Exhibition
15 - 26 November 2017
Warringah Creative Space, 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl NSW Australia

Natural Collection: Artist Book July - September 2017
Artist book featuring the work of 29 Warringah Printmakers Studio artists
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly NSW Australia

"Metropolis" June 15 - June 26 2016
Warringah Printmakers Group Exhibition
Art Space on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW Australia

Warringah Printmakers Studio Annual Exhibition
26th November - 6th December 2015
Warringah Creative Space, 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl NSW Australia