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I’m in love with these adorable wooden critters by Taiwan based wood artist Yan Ruilin.

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Out and About: Junk shop finds

Sometimes I wander down from the shop through Cape Town, just stretching my legs. One place I like to stop in at is the St George’s Bric-a-brac shop next to the Cathedral. I’m trying to not buy things, and find a very good alternative is taking a snap to share with others.  So here we go, in the interests of a clutter-free life: my junk shop finds on Friday.         If you like vintage book covers, take a look at this post from last year, and also at Fine Little Day’s book cover page on Pinterest.

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Making Friday: Printing at Warren Editions

Attentive readers of this blog may recall that during 2015, I spent four Saturdays at Warren Editions print studio, learning all about CMYK lino printing. I loved the workshop, so was super excited when Zhané Warren started opening the studio on Monday nights to alumni of the courses she’s run. I signed up for three months, and have been learning so, so much. It’s quite hard to learn so, so much when a studio has a view like this one does. But, knuckle down I did, learning how to set and use the little and medium-sized presses to make my… Continue reading

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In the shop: Red Dot Sale

Diarise 4 and 5 February, because that’s when we have our annual Red Dot Sale*, where all slightly-less-than-perfect cushion covers marked with the aforementioned Red Dot will be priced at R150.   Having ‘seconds’ online is tricky, but don’t despair if you’re not in Cape Town, as you’ll get a 20% discount on everything online, if you use the coupon code REDDOT*. * In-store and online sales valid on 5 and 6 Feb only. No in-store collections for online shoppers.   Shop in ZAR Shop in USD

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Skinny Travels: Ace Camps Lisbon

Two years ago in June, my bloke was exhibiting in Lisbon, and brought back news and books and images of the beautiful Azulejos – ceramic tiles – all over the city. This year, it’ll be my turn to see those tiles for myself, because this  June, I’ll be teaching in Lisbon with Ace Camps! Come with us from 23 – 28 June, and learn about the tiles of Lisbon. We’ll explore tile design in my hands-on printing workshop, getting to grips with how pattern is made, and with tile all around us (even underfoot!), there’ll be inspiration overload, no doubt about it! Read all the… Continue reading

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Friends & Neighbours: The South is Blooming

Today’s edition of our monthly Friends and Neighbours blog series is an interview with our European distributor, Marian Counihan of The South is Blooming.  Marian has just returned from OntwerpSalon in Utrecht, where she was showing her selection of all the things from Southern Africa with a cheeky Afro pop aesthetic. We’re thrilled that Skinny laMinx is included in her selection.  Hi Marian! What led you to open your own business? A combination of factors, but  it was primarily out of sheer enthusiasm for South Africa’s burgeoning creative industry. In the two decades since apartheid ended, South Africa has really exploded creatively, and… Continue reading

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Best Things: Julian Watts Studio

Once again, the ‘explore’ feature on Instagram has thrown up an exciting discovery for me. Please meet the most beautiful hand-carved objects by Julian Watts – a woodcarver from San Francisco. I feel as if my Oddjects have found some family members.

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Pattern on pattern

If you took part in our hugely fun #SkinnyPhotoStudio this weekend, you’ll realise I’m a fool for pattern on pattern, so here’s even more to rattle your eyeballs: It all started in Mauritius, in 2009, when my bloke disappeared whenever he stood still in our little cottage in Flic en Flac . Since then, it’s definitely become a thing. For instance:                     Inspired? You can read 21 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger , but in a nutshell, all that needs doing is to dress to match the wallpaper and then stand very, very still.