I’m still potting away on a Monday morning, and really enjoying it, making the oddest little pots. Out of the kiln most recently: The Multipede!
Let’s start the new year by introducing the ever-growing, and endlessly fabulous gals who make up #teamSkinnylaMinx. First up, the head honchos at Skinny laMinx, also known as Heather and Pearl. I’m Heather, and I started Skinny laMinx way back in 2006 in a funny little studio I shared with some painters on Long Street. (See some of my very early blog posts, if you’re interested in ancient history). I create all the designs around here, I take most of our photographs and I’m a nut for social media. Pearl is the business brains at Skinny laMinx, and joined the team in… Continue reading
I’ve just got back from a belated 10 day Christmas break on a farm outside Robertson. Mostly we laughed, swam, sat on the stoep, watched birds (and watched out for cobras), and had the most superbly relaxing time. What bliss! Of course, I have squillions of pics from our holiday, but having just dived back into work (is it really 20 Jan already?), there’s really no time to edit them. The ones I really wanted to share, though, were of a day trip we took to Shielam Succulent Nursery, not far out of Robertson. I had NO IDEA! It is the… Continue reading
Quite a few years ago, I used to spend fun hours with ceramics transfers that I’d had made, creating plates, bowls, mugs etc, decorated with my sketches. I was only able to have the transfer sheets printed in one colour, so I liked to chop up the sheets, and assemble the parts into crazy mixed-up flowers. Just the other day I came across one of the “Frankenflower” designs I’d made (named for my mad scientist chopping up technique) and felt a bit sad that I no longer made them. Then I had a very bright idea to do something different… Continue reading
Once again today, I went down the road and had a spicy mushroom wrap for lunch at the brand new version of PLANT – a vegan cafe that has just opened on the corner of Buiten & Loop Street. I’m a big fan of plant-based eating, so I’m thrilled to bits to have this good-looking vegan cafe, just one block down from the Skinny laMinx store & studio. More about PLANT, including their menu, on the website.
This morning, I spotted Patricia Zapata’s annual mosaic review on her blog, which inspired me to put together this review of our year at Skinny laMinx: JANUARY saw us get inspired to grab the Cape Town World Design Capital by the scruff of its neck, and get the most out of it! We started by slapping an enormous yellow dot on the front of the shop, and put a call out for other Cape Town business owners to paint the town yellow too! We were just in time for ELLE Decoration France to do a lovely shoot with us for their WDC2014 feature FEBRUARY had more… Continue reading
While on Noordhoek Beach these holidays (see previous post), we spotted a really funny looking shaggy black dog, with crazy wild hair – some of it tied up with a scrunchie – and giant floormop feet. The owner told us he was an Afghan Hound with rather poor grooming habits. I tried drawing him the next morning, and think he turned out ok! That crazy Afghan must have given me a severe dose of shaggy dogs on the brain, because in my studio yesterday, I found myself sweeping my linocutting shreds into shaggy dog shapes too… … and turned the pics into… Continue reading
We went for a walk on Noordhoek Beach on Boxing Day, when the spring tides were up and the entire wide, wide beach was covered in water, moving from the breakers to the lagoon. Lots of sea vegetables had washed up, including this long piece of seaweed with a knot in it. I thought it made a perfect seaside Christmas garland. Hope you have had /are having a wonderful holiday break, whether it’s been sunny or snowy, and that your christmas stocking was full of sea vegetables in all kinds of interesting shapes and colours (or similar lovely treats).