It’s a big day today, as we have our press launch of the Rough Cuts fabric collection this evening.
We’re billing Rough Cuts as “a collection inspired by Scandinavian style, but perfectly at home in Africa”. This is because, while I designed it in my usual clean, simple style, when I teamed it up with Binky Newman’s woven vessels (see my post here), I was blown away at what a perfect match they made. As I’m a fourth generation South African, so of course my roots are on this continent, but I must say,it’s nice to see them showing
Click the image below to view the Skinny laMinx fabric catalogue in all its glory, where you’ll be able to see all there is to offer in the way of Rough Cuts, and more.
PS: One thing I’m so thrilled about the launch tonight is that it is such a Bree Street affair: we’ll be 100m from the Skinny laMinx shop, in the Rivets and Rockets workshop at 152 Bree St, with catering by Cafe Frank, barely a hop away. Love me some good neighbours!
And in that vein, the very dear Robert Sherwood must be mentioned, for his kindness at insisting that I put some Rough Cuts cushions in his beautiful shop tonight, as people will see them on the way to the launch. So nice!
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to work with Bree Street parfumer, Tammy Frazer, on the design of her Parfum Solide containers for Frazer Parfum. These were carved from blackwood, with my Protea cutout design on the front (see here), and were sold in Anthropologie stores.
Recently, along with ceramist Karen Kotze, Frazer Parfum has reworked the parfum solide container, this time in porcelain (see process pics here), and the results are gorgeous.
Of course, the contents remain the best of all. This is what Tammy says about her Namibia fragrance:
The perfume is reminiscent of the warm dry balmy clime. Golden and honeyed throughout, with a nutty caramel toffee note complimented by the local Mopane tree resin. There is an ester fatty note reminiscent of the butter fat traditionally used by the Himba women.The perfume composition is… light to start, warm throughout with a lasting amber trail.
The Namibia parfum solide by Frazer Parfum can be purchased in Cape Town at Merchants on Long, where the blackwood containers are also available on request. Find Frazer Parfum internationally at Harrods in London, and Annindriya Perfume Lounge in Amsterdam, and keep an eye out for their online shop.
I am so excited about this new product, because although I’ve been putting my transfers on ceramics for years, I’ve always had to find someone with a professional kiln to fire it at high temperature. Now I’ve discovered some special ceramics inks that allow you to fire things in your home oven. It’s ridiculously easy!
I’m selling these two different sheets of ceramics transfers. You’ll find them for sale here in US$, and here in ZAR. I also have them for sale in my shop at 201 Bree Street.
And once you have them, this is how you make your own decorated ceramics:
Please note: Although the ink manufacturers say that these transfers are dishwasher proof, they are sold as a DIY kit, so this is dependent on whether or not instructions are correctly followed.
Get your ceramics transfers here in US$, and if you’re in SA, find them in ZAR here. I also have them for sale in my shop at 201 Bree Street.
I’ve made some new lasercut gift tags because, in case you haven’t noticed, it’s all about gearing up for the festive season at this point, and Skinny laMinx is getting with the programme with some seasonally-appropriate fare.
They’re available for sale in packs of 10, and you’ll find them in US$ here, (along with lots of other yummy paper goods) and in ZAR here.
This photo shows the one small corner of my studio that is not in utter chaos, and the only reason for this is that I’m sharing this particular corner with my food writer/stylist friend, Nikki Werner, who is a very calming influence around here, as well as a maker of good tea and bringer of treats.
The rest of the studio, however, looks like this right now:
Yes. It’s completely insane. Not only have I been shooting the new Skinny laMinx catalogue since returning from my US trip, we’ve also been getting all our new prints and other production in, and have had to build giant fabric storage units to accommodate it all. Yikes!
Space is short and props are many.
I am really, really, REALLY looking forward to sharing the new things we’ve been working on for the catalogue, but we’ve been so madly busy getting ready for Kamersvolgeskenke show at Lourensford Estate (starting 21 October! Be there!), that I’m still at the sampling stage of things and don’t have much to sell yet.
Anyhoo, all will soon be revealed, but in the meantime, scour these shots and, you may just spot a sneak peek in there.
I’ve been wearing spectacless since I was 8 years old, and must be onto my 10th or 12th pair of frames by now. One day, I rummaged through my drawers and found all the old frames I could lay my hands on, and turned them into a cut paper artwork, which was auctioned off at an event at Cape Town’s Book Lounge last year.
Now, encouraged by Charlene Walton, who bought the original, I have turned it into a silkscreen print called Eye Chart.
Eye Chart is printed in a deep near-black aubergine colour onto acid-free Hannemuhle paper in an edition of 45 signed prints. I have framed some of these, which are available for sale in my shop at 201 Bree St, Cape Town.
Meet the Skinny Pinny apron. It’s super-cute, and sixties-sweet, and will make you feel much more Jean Shrimpton than Betty Crocker while you whip up a soufflé.
The Skinny Pinny is a mini-dress pinafore apron with two patch pockets in front and a tie at the lower back waist. It fits all shapes and sizes, and is available in my Flower Fields print, in Goldenrod, Penny Black and Rosy. Get yours on Etsy here, and if you live in South Africa, click here to shop online.