Illustration and ceramics by Dayfeels

Dayfeels illustration

Shygirl series by Dayfeels illustration

Dayfeels illustration

Shygirl series by Dayfeels illustration

Dayfeels Illustration

Shygirl series by Dayfeels Illustration

Dayfeels Illustration

Shygirl series by Dayfeels Illustration

Dayfeels Illustration

Bodies series by Dayfeels Illustration

Dayfeels Illustration

Bodies series by Dayfeels Illustration

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by Cass Collett

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by Cass Collett

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by  Cass Collett

 

This morning I stumbled on the beautiful Instagram feed of Amor Coetzee and I rushed over to her website.

Dayfeels is the creative sobriquet of South African artist and photographer, Amor Coetzee. Amor grew up in a small Eastern Cape seaside town, Gonubie and later moved to the beautiful city of Cape Town where she has been living and working for the past 6 years.

The inspiration for her work stems from a deep appreciation for the landscape, the ocean and the properties of water. These elements have had the most significant influence on her current artworks.

The hues, ripples and reflections, the immense power and the calm. It is her muse. Amor is very drawn to a clean and muted aesthetic and work through a process of elimination, starting out with a lot of detail and removing bit by bit until only the very essence remains. Her work tries to communicate a sense of calm, as subtle as susurrus.

Dayfeels Illustrations are based on aphorisms- a metaphorical phrase which embodies a feeling, these phrases are used to create simple line drawings.

Bodies, explores the simple gestures exchanged between lovers

Shygirl, is an ongoing narrative of a charming recluse trying to come to terms with big city life.

An extension of her artworks, the ceramic side of Dayfeels, lets her experiment more with texture, contrast, abstract shapes and patterns to create hand-made, one of a kind earthernware pieces.

http://dayfeels.co.za/

https://www.instagram.com/dayfeels/

Art and Illustration by Linsey Levendall

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Linsey Levendall is a incredibly talented multidisciplinary creative originally from the Cape Flats of Cape Town, but now living with his wife and two dogs in a small town in rural Saskatchewan, Canada.

“Linsey works closely with The Black Heart Gang and Shy The Sun as a conceptual designer on groundbreaking animation for both the local and international market. He also makes up one half of the duo Bison.

In his spare time, Linsey compulsively illustrates in various mediums for both business (on freelance projects) and pleasure. He says his intricately executed and seemingly disturbing work is driven by a need to be in sync with his subconscious thoughts and dreams.

He defines his work as being engaging decadence, mildly trippy and takes great joy in entertaining the viewer with obscure controlled chaotic worlds and strangely interesting and complex characters. While his skill lies in his versatility and ability to adapt to various styles, he finds himself mostly drawn to Cubism, Surrealism and Pop Surrealism. In his work he aims to stay open to evolving and preserving unconventional thinking.”

Follow Linsey on Instagram.

https://www.behance.net/Linsey_Levendall

 

Past Futures exhibition

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Daniel du Plessis

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Gerhard Human

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Gerhard Human

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Ricus Ferreira

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Edzard du Plessis

There are only a few more days left to catch this group exhibition featuring Rikus Ferreira, Daniel du Plessis, Gerhard Human and Edzard du Plessis at Salon 91.

Go check it out: 91 Kloof Street , Gardens, Cape Town.

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted dog and cat products

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted merino wool ombré doggy day beds

Handcrafted merino wool ombré doggy day bed

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted merino wool cat dens

Handcrafted merino wool cat dens

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted merino wool doggy day beds

Handcrafted merino wool doggy day bed

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted merino wool cat dens

Handcrafted merino wool cat den

Benji + Moon | Ceramic Cat Food Bowls

Ceramic cat food bowls

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog collars

Handmade leather dog collars

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog collars

Handmade leather dog collars

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted dog leads

Handmade dog leashes

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted wooden dog bowls

Hand carved wooden dog bowls

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted wooden dog bowls

Hand carved wooden dog bowls

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog collars

Handmade leather dog collars

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog collars

Handmade leather dog collars

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted crochet cat den

Crocheted cat dens

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog walking bag

Leather dog walking belt bag for your phone and poo bags

I’m very excited to announce that my friend Karen Carr and I will be launching our very first business venture called Benji + Moon at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair in Hyde Park.

Our pets are part of our families and we’ve noticed that most pet products out there are badly designed and covered in cheesy paw prints.  Whenever we have guests over we always hide the ugly dog beds and cat dens.

So we decided to collaborate with talented local artisans to create beautiful handcrafted products for your beloved cats and dogs. Our products  will complement your design aesthetic and become a talking point, rather than an eyesore.

Crafting each product takes time, skill and attention to detail. A basket weaver, a woodcarver, a jeweller, a leatherworker, a potter, a crocheter and a small group of merry needleworkers make each product by hand.

Our artisans consist of a wonderful mix of top local talents like Ronel Jordaan and a few unknown, but equally talented, local craftsmen and women.

It’s a small artisanal collection for people who, like us, love their pets to the moon and back.

We’re currently running a competition where you could win 2 VIP tickets to the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary fair next week. Check our Facebook page for more details.

https://www.facebook.com/benjiandmoon

A few weeks after the fair we will be launching the shop as an online store so please sign up to our newsletter to receive news and updates.

http://www.benjiandmoon.co.za/

https://twitter.com/BenjiandMoon

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted things for much-loved tails.

Kirsten Beets | Everyday Eden

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I love how Kirsten Beets’ paintings evoke a mood and tell a story. Her beautiful exhibition Everyday Eden is now on at Salon 91 in Cape Town.

“The starting point for Everyday Eden was the word ‘Jungle’ which led to an exploration of the ‘Urban Jungle’. I wanted to investigate the space that I inhabited, namely Cape Town. It is a city in which I live and work and it became a challenge to draw inspiration from the overly familiar sights and sounds. This forced me to look deeper at my surroundings and since Nature and the natural world has always been an inspiration, I started to wonder if there was any wilderness hiding among the everyday.

Slowly I began to take note of the in-between spaces. For the first time I observed the exotic palm tree with a cityscape peeking out behind it. Everyday scenes of nature previously overlooked, uncelebrated yet beautiful in their own way. In my paintings I have tried to convey the feeling of these places, a kind of strangeness within a familiar environment. For me these spaces represent Edens or little islands of lost paradise complete with their own fauna and flora. Not all the works are from Cape Town, some were inspired by travels. In each I tried to celebrate the Everyday Edens I found along the way.”

Exhibition closes 10 October.

www.salon91.co.za

Nap Loungewear

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Nap Loungewear

As a freelancer I love the idea of lounging around in my jim-jams all day. The brand new local loungewear brand Nap allows you to do just that.

“I wanted comfy,  slouchy tops and bottoms that I could mix and match as I please. I wanted a nighty so light and pretty that it could be mistaken for a sun dress. After I started selling the first few designs to my friends I noticed that people often wore their purchases during the day – even to work saying: “But it’s too pretty for pyjamas.”  So I decided to call my company Nap Loungewear instead of Nap Pyjamas.  It is my mission to educate South Africans that it’s okay to wear pretty pyjamas, even if no-one sees you wearing them. ”

That’s it, I’m officially embracing this trend and wearing my slippers to the grocery store tomorrow.

This is just a sneak peek at their lovely designs – go see the rest at  http://www.naploungewear.com/

Join their Facebook page here.

Artist Marna Hattingh

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Marna Hattingh is an incredibly talented contemporary artist and children’s book illustrator based in Cape Town.  She recently took part in a group exhibition called Memories in Motion at the M Contemporary gallery in Sydney,  Australia.

“Hattingh’s work travels between a hybrid of fine art, literature and the complexities or contemporary life. She interrogates and articulates its collective emotions and the result is simultaneously humorous and serious, rendering it poignant and engaging.
 
 These intricately worked paintings, each containing it own complex narrative, have an immediacy that is difficult to ignore. Her distinctive graphic style is deeply layered and functions as a hyper-textual visual language, which allows the viewer to be rewarded with an awareness of the poetic and lyrical within his/her own wilderness. Hattingh works in a range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.”

Marna will also take part in the upcoming Young Collector’s Exhibition by Fried Contemporary Art Gallery curated by Shenaz Mahomed.  5 September – 3 October.

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo Dirnberger

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

Stevo Dirnberger is an award-winning South African creative professional, photographer, designer and traveller who has recently spent five weeks looking after Huskies in the Arctic circle.

Stevo and his travel companion Chanel Cartell are currently on a creative hiatus after ditching their day jobs to travel the globe.

“After nearly 15 combined years of work in the advertising and branding industries, our lives were pretty set. They were filled with family, friends, amazing jobs, shiny cars and a beautiful home. Sounds pretty great, hey? Well we thought so too…until we felt the routine of perfection creeping up on us and ageing us with its complacency. We were no longer feeling challenged, and thinking back to the last time my life hit a little wall, the ‘Yes Man’ theory had risen its shiny head again, except this time, there was two of us saying “yes” to the world, and all it has to offer. We’re looking at a journey that allows us to live outside of the shuddering comfort zone, and gives us the opportunity to say “yes” to a whole bunch of crazy cool experiences whilst fuelling our creative needs.”

You can follow their incredible journey on their blog: http://howfarfromhome.com/

https://instagram.com/stevodirnberger/

Arkivio handmade decor and lighting


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I absolutely adore the Arkivio range of lighting and as well as their Glass Garden range of succulent vases. Everything is handmade in Durban using sustainable materials.

They’ll be exhibiting at the 100% Design South Africa alongside Johannesburg Decorex at the Gallagher Convention Centre from the 6 – 10 August.

Go check out their beautiful wares: http://www.arkivio.co.za/

Iliso Labantu township photography collective

Lindeka Qampi

Lindeka Qampi

Mandla Mnyakama

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Lulama TOILETS

“Lulama TOILETS”

Lindeka

“Lindeka”

Brice Kimbembe

Brice Kimbembe

Nancy

“Nancy”

Mandla Mnyakama

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Iliso Labantu

Iliso Labantu is township based photography collective documenting contemporary life in South Africa. The group also provides skills, support, and opportunities for developing photographers.

Iliso Labantu is a collective of photographers who live and work in the townships around Cape Town. We collaborate and work independently. We meet to critique our work with other professional photographers. We exhibit our work in the galleries and museums throughout Cape Town and internationally. We work on commission and we license our work for publication. Some of us have been photographing for years, others are novices.”

http://www.ilisolabantu.org/

Ideas

“I wish somebody had given me the news that ideas don’t just fall on your head like fairy dust. You have to treat that like a job. You have to spend hours each day, where you’re just like, ‘This is the part of the day when I’m looking for an idea.'”

Ira Glass

Party Bunch & Co

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I adore beautiful cards and notebooks and I’ve just discovered Party Bunch & Co. in Cape Town. These note cards are R45 and there 12 in a pack.

Founded in 2013 they’re a company that designs and sells trend inspired party stationery for a variety of occasions. Weddings, general parties, and kids parties etc.
“Our stationery goes through a great deal of planning for when each years collections get released. We follow trends and make sure that your occasion is also dressed and ready with whats fashion. Our design team has great talents and an experienced use of tools to make the ultimate impression to our socialites. The papers we use are FSC™ approved papers that are utilised in house and with our range of products. At PB&Co we want to bring that extra personal service into your order. Each product and order is quality controlled and hand packed. We have teamed up with Aramex courier to help us bring your party parcel to your front door.”

Artist Philip Barlow

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I’ve only recently discovered the work of Cape Town based artist Philip Barlow. He is known for his luminous and ethereal ‘bokeh’ style oil on linen paintings. Just beautiful.

“The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them. Bathed in the luminosity, it is my hope that they would become more beautiful. To me, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality.”

https://www.facebook.com/philipbarlowstudio

http://www.philipbarlow.com/

Shibby Beats

Shibby BeatsShibby UNWIND. Portable Bluetooth speaker made from real walnut wood.

Shibby beatsShibby ROAD TRIP. Portable bamboo Bluetooth speaker with up to 10 hours battery life.

Shibby Beats

How beautiful are these eco-conscious portable bluetooth speakers by local brand Shibby Beats. This local speaker company was started in Port Elizabeth by husband and wife duo Michelle and Grant Tomlinson.

“The Shibby Unwind is the kind of speaker that will make you want to call up a group of friends and get everyone down to the beach for a bit of a party. It boasts clear, quality sound and naturally enhanced bass, perfect for getting a vibe going with a group of mates.”

Features:

– Latest Bluetooth technology, 10m range

– Up to 10 hours playback from a single charge

– Size: 22.5cm x 11.5cm x 5.5cm

Accessories:

– 1x micro USB charging cable

– 1x Aux cable

http://shibbybeats.com/