Behind the Skinny laMinx shop, a steel fire escape leads up to our production studio via a hot, bleak city rooftop. Over time, I’ve been adding plants to this scorched place, transforming it slowly into a spiky rooftop garden, populated with the sculptural forms of heat-loving aloes, cacti, euphorbia & more.
The shapes, colours & shadows of the studio roof garden, thriving in spite of the drought and the harsh urban light, are what inspired my brand new textile design, which is called Roof Garden.
Roof Garden is available in three colourways, named for rooftop gardens that I like to imagine scattered across cities across the globe.
The first is named for Cairo, a city I imagine to have sunbaked roof gardens in hot desert tones of burnt orange, pink and cocoa:
The Rio colourway is named for the kind of jungly mix of brazil and forest greens tumbling off the kind of rooftop garden I imagine in a tropical city:
I named our peculiar mix of lemon, shell pink and cocoa Miami, for a pastel-hued beachside roof garden I imagine atop an Art Deco building in that city.
I’m looking forward to sharing more images and products of our new print over the next few weeks, as well as some ideas for how to incorporate such a crazy print with your existing colours and style.
PS: If you’re in Cape Town and would like to visit the studio roof garden, pop in to our shop at 201 Bree Street on Thursday 1 June. We’ll be open til 8pm for First Thursdays Cape Town, and will be having a plant swap on the roof. Bring us a cutting or a plant to add to our collection, and we’ll give you one in return.
PPS: Don’t miss the Roof Garden giveaway at SfGirlbybay, where we’re giving away a $500 shopping voucher in our shop!