My friend Binky Newman at Design Afrika is having a special event at her Woodstock studio this weekend, AFRICA ADORNED. You have to go, to see baskets just in from Lesoto, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Ghana, as well as Guidemore Chigama’s eclectic jewellery and a selection of ceramics by Clementina van der Walt.

Dates: Friday 2 to Saturday 3 December, 10am to 5 pm.
Address: 42 Hares Avenue, Woodstock, Cape Town.

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After my visit to Binky, I went to my studio for Making Friday, and all I made for the rest of the days were sun shapes. It was only at the end of the day that I realised two things:

  1. It was those baskets that made me do it
  2. I’ve been looking at my book about Alexander Girard lately, who was heavily influenced by folk art, and made a lot of suns.

And the conclusion that must be drawn from this scientific equation is the following: Folk art and suns are best friends.

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Want more sunny art? Read more about my visit to the Alexander Girard retrospective at Vitra Design Museum here.

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Friends & Neighbours: Miko Design

You meet the nicest people on Instagram. One of these is Dutch designer, Erika Harberts from Miko Design, who, along with her graphic design work, makes the dearest, teeniest, tiniest interior scenes, into which her cat inserts herself, hilariously upsetting the scale. I love it! Erika got in touch with me one day with the idea of making a mini Skinny interior, using our fabrics. Well, I had my parcel of prints into the mailbox and on the way to Rotterdam in two minutes flat, I tell you! Since then, her little mini Skinny scenes have been popping up on… Continue reading

COLOUR YUM: Black & Lemon

Love this black and yellow colour theme we put together for our 2016 Gift Guide.  That pop of yellow in a monochrome scheme really brings it all to life, doesn’t it? Clockwise, from top left: Weft cushion cover, in Trinity block printed dupatta scarf Block Circle tote bag Herds soft bucket Mushrooms tea towel Bowls stash bag Gift tags. See lots more in our 2016 Gift Guide, and find it all in our online shops too: Shop in ZAR Shop in USD If you like this colour scheme, you’ll love these interiors spotted around the web, with a couple of suggestions for… Continue reading

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Magazine Club: UPPERCASE

It’s not always easy to find interesting magazines in South Africa, is it? They’re also really expensive for me to bring in, especially if I’m not certain that people will buy them. But then there’s the option of joining our MAGAZINE CLUB, of course. This is how MAGAZINE CLUB works: We tell you about great mags that we’d like to bring in You tell us if you’d like to pre-pay for a copy. We have to order in batches of 10, so we’d need a few Club members to commit before we place an order As soon as your magazine arrives, we’ll let… Continue reading

Colour Yum: Spiced Cocoa

Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner, and we reckon our Spiced Cocoa colour combination is perfect for the festive season. It looks just as yummy as it sounds! Oddjects cushion in cocoa & persimmon Pincushion change purse, in cocoa Soft bucket in the Airborne print Clutch Bag in Oddjects Lasercut Breezebrick coasters Napkin (and table runners) in Bowls Stash Bag in Dimensional Ovals – a collaboration with Heath Ceramics Tall Protea tea towel, screenprinted on soft cotton hopsack Pincushion table napkins (with table runner also available in custom sizes) Teapots greetings card Orla soft bucket, in cocoa See more in our 2016 Gift Guide, and… Continue reading

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Skinnylaminxenstein

Not too long ago, I put up this paper collage on instagram with a jokey caption about wanting to found a new country, and already having a flag for it. People loved the idea, and soon enough we’d come up with a couple of laws for this country, like Uber drivers having to drive vintage sportscars, and double pay for artists, and the whole things would be run as a Creatorship. That kind of thing. After the shock results of the US election came in, one of my Insta friends rather poignantly brought up the idea of joining my new country again,… Continue reading

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BEST THINGS: Fonty Fabness

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I’m crazy about all things typographical. I’ve even dedicated an entire Pinterest board to the topic! On my recent travels in Lisbon I took some time off from photographing tiles, and snapped a bunch of great signage and graphic design, which you can see in my Graphics, Signs and Words in Lisbon post. I also came across (and added to) a community-generated blog of typographic photos found on the streets of Cape Town with the tag #CTType   Want more fonty fabness? Head over Tommy Perez’s food/letter collaboration with his daughter:  A… Continue reading

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The Sampler

Ever since my first Jaipur trip, I’ve been having so much fun creating new Dupatta scarf designs, which our friendly team of block printers in Bagru village, Rajasthan, continue to hand print for us, using natural dyes. And now it’s time for my latest design, which I’ve called ‘The Sampler’.   It’s called The Sampler, because it’s inspired by my printing frenzy on my last visit to Bagru, taking sample prints of all the different blocks (read the story here). A word of thanks to our printers, who really pushed the boat out on this one. Block printed scarves are usually… Continue reading