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“If you’re looking for something truly special, then you’ve come to the right place!”
Jo’s incredible imagination combined with a passion for art and remarkable talent created the most enchanting fairy home I could have hoped for.
— "Oliva's Mum"
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About Moss & Pianta’s Terrariums…

Moss & Pianta is a one Woman business, (I do have a wee doggie assistant though) with a massive passion for art, plants, the unique, the surreal and whimsy, My name is Jo, I am an award winning NZ Artist recently based in Wellington after relocating from New Plymouth to set up my own business,

I can either custom make a Terrarium to suit your living or office space or you can choose from one right here. I love making surreal mini worlds for you or your Childs room also.


I spend hours hand-sourcing the plants nationally and the vessels and figurines from all over the world, no two are alike and each one has hours of intricate work involved, they are an artwork in their own right. Due to the delicate nature of these handmade mini world and gardens, they can only be delivered in the Wellington region sorry, the Art and Vintage Stuff can be delivered Nationwide.

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The love of my life and I…

This is my lovely assistant Hope, we are inseparable, she is my loyal best friend and we pretty much go everywhere together as she suffers from separation anxiety, we live very close to Crofton Downs Primary School so she loves to watch the world go by from her trusty sofa that she sometimes shares with Eddie the cat, depending on who gets there first. If you live in Crofton Downs, I can deliver for free, other wise I will be using the specialty floral couriers “Ship my trade”, this is usually around $12-14 depending on where you live in Wellington.

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Our workspace/studio in Crofton Downs…

My trusty assistant Hope would love to show you around… whilst Eddie the cat really doesn’t care, but seriously, it’s the best workspace ever…its full of life and colour, and animals… what more could a girl want, except coffee.

Different types of Terrariums:

The origin of the terrarium is generally credited with a man called Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward.

During the Victorian Era and predominantly in England terrariums or "Wardian Cases" became very popular and many people kept them in their homes in the 1800’s

Our three main types of Terrariums are “Open, Dry Terrariums”…cacti, succulents etc.
”Open, Wet Terrariums“…ferns and leafy green plants, and “Closed/Lidded” Terrariums, these are little mini eco-systems that need very little care as they are self watering little worlds...just keep these babies out of direct sunlight and open the lids every now and then.

For all of you plant killers out there (I used to be one hehe), I also design and hand made “Immortal Gardens”…plant/soil free intricate little worlds which are equally as wonderful with no responsibility.

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Fairy Gardens,“Dino-arriums” and Terrariumopia

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“Olivia couldn’t believe her eyes!  She was completely mesmerised by the plants, enchanted animals, birds, bird bath, butterflies, toadstools, dwarves and a handmade sign of sticks with Olivia’s name beside the pebbled pathway that led to the enchanted fairy house.”—

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A touch of Whimsy…

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Enchanted forests…and friends.

I love to bring a touch of whimsy and nostalgia with many of my Terrariums, I take these equally as seriously as my paintings and collages (jomallinger.com)… I love to make magical little worlds filled with frolicking wee creatures of the forest playing nearby plants, moss, pathways etc, and sometimes I add illumination for extra beauty.

No two are alike, I use mostly vintage vessels and all my vessels are recyclable, I aim to bring delight to young and young at heart with these mini delightful worlds that you can immerse yourself in for hours and let them take you back to your quaint childhood memories and books, As the plants change and grow, you will never be bored, and If you are simply replace the plant/s yourself, move the figures around, or even better, purchase another to keep it company.

I will also be selling super cute, Mid-Century kitsch ornaments (mainly Japanese), These are all in near perfect condition. I will also be offering an array beautiful vintage deer and Bambi’s in all shapes and sizes…who doesn’t love Bambi!

An example of an artwork of mine full of whimsy and supercute ornaments.. this one was auctioned off for charity…I am more than happy to take commissions :)

An example of an artwork of mine full of whimsy and supercute ornaments.. this one was auctioned off for charity…I am more than happy to take commissions :)

A selection of Vintage cuties I will be offering up for adoption :)

A selection of Vintage cuties I will be offering up for adoption :)

Coming soon a beautiful collection of mid-century collectable ornaments

Coming soon a beautiful collection of mid-century collectable ornaments

This cutie sold at an art show, more than happy to do a super cute version for you though!

This cutie sold at an art show, more than happy to do a super cute version for you though!

This large artwork came third in a National Art Award..its still for sale!

This large artwork came third in a National Art Award..its still for sale!

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Artwork, ft vintage ornaments…

Whimsical, soft pastel palette and super-sweet, this has sold but happy to do a commission.

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Whimsical Art…

Original art..acrylic on wood board, ready to hang

 

Vintage Ornaments, Houseplants and Art…

 
 
Breathe colour and life into your home, and breathe better as plants improve air quality

Breathe colour and life into your home, and breathe better as plants improve air quality

Beautiful Houseplants

Plants purify the air, through their natural processes of photosynthesis and transpiration, plants produce fresh oxygen, purify the air of toxins, and raise the humidity of our world and our homes..do your bit for the planet and bring a few of these babies into your home, nurture them and watch them grow.

They also reduce stress levels and help you focus.

They offer so many health benefits and even help heal…on top of this they are so darn gorgeous, you can mix up their colours for a wonderful display feature in your home no matter how big or small the space is.

Coming soon, with gorgeous planters that compliment their leaves and unique colours, delivered direct to your door if you live in the Wellington region.

super-cute and retro, all for sale except the plant book :)

super-cute and retro, all for sale except the plant book :)

Vintage ornaments and retro vessels with plant babies…

Compliment your home with gorgeous vintage ornaments alongside vintage vessels including plants to bring a touch of classic whimsy into your life. These look amazing in character homes.

“Tomorrow’s Paradise, by yours truly

“Tomorrow’s Paradise, by yours truly

Art

I have been a self-employed artist since 2007.

You can check out my website at www.jomallinger.com (it needs a bit of an update sorry).

Most of my work (painting and drawing) is mostly based on my deep love of animals (I am Vegan for this reason), especially Deer painted in their natural environment, or featuring animals painted in retro, kitschy backgrounds.

My latest work is digital and hand collage (as above). Some ft my dark humour.

A lot of my work also involves vintage ornaments painted on pastel backgrounds with a hint of kitsch and whimsy.

 

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