I absolutely adore Jono Garrett‘s beautiful Corporate Identity for Berlin-based design agency, Frida von Fuchs. Jono is a South African illustrator and designer living in Germany.
You can see more of his work here: http://jonogarrett.com/
In 2008 Andrew Sutherland entered the art scene in Cape Town, having his first group show at Salon 91, followed soon after with a solo show in early 2009.
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection in Cape Town will once again present a solo exhibition of his paintings & illustrations titled ‘Other Dust’.
Andrew’s latest body of work has been created almost entirely by referencing his growing collection of archival photographs, postcards and memorabilia.
The idea behind extracting elements found within these references has been to create new stories from old worlds. This “Other Dust” shows us the interesting history and practices of documented cultures and civilizations from around the world.
Other Dust is a tribute to the old world and all its wonders. It admires adventure and discovery and exposes strange traditions and values.
All the works on display were made in Taiwan, where Sutherland has been living and traveling for the last 1-½ years. His exposure to Eastern culture has certainly played a part in the development in this series. His exposure to different ways of living and practices has helped shape this body of work.
Wednesday 28 May – Saturday 21 June 2014
The very talented Jo’burg based creative Koos Groenewald has a brand new social media exhibition coming up. It’s such a fresh and interesting way of selling art and it’s hopefully a trend we’re going to see more of in the future.
Broken Foot Drawings is an Instagram exhibition of 22 original ink and watercolour artworks/illustrations for sale at 18:30 on Tuesday the 11th February.
The rules are simple – Follow @Koooooos (six o’s), first person to comment and #SOLD and their email address on each new post is the new owner. If after 24 hours I haven’t gotten email response from the first buyer, the sale goes to second person to comment. So it’s worth trying even if you aren’t first.
Artworks will can be collected at a location, TBC, or sent to buyers if they are outside of JHB.
As an ex-lecturer at Vega, I’m sure many of you have met the gorgeous and super-talented Nicci Martin. Nicci lives in Jo’burg with her Creative Director husband Mike Martin (Ogilvy) and her two beautiful daughters Chloe and Olivia.
When she’s not sprinting between the girls’ ballet and swimming classes Nicci illustrates, designs and handcrafts the loveliest things. She has illustrated everything from music album art to perfume packaging, a children’s book and she’s even created characters for an animated film.
You can see more of her work on her website: http://niccimartin.co.za/
Photo by Lindie Meyer.
Zana, is a fresh and fun home decor brand, based in Cape Town, South Africa.
“Zana was born out of a love for textiles, creating & online. We are obsessed with colour, fun, symbols, typography and pattern.
We have a new studio in Woodstock where we do some of our own screen printing, sewing, testing, packaging, making and many other things dreams are made of.”
You can buy their products online.
Ryan Frank is a South African born furniture designer with studios in London and Barcelona. Over the past years Ryan has advanced to one of the industries leading sustainability designers renown for his edgy free-range furniture.
His work often includes cultural references to his African roots giving Ryan Frank’s collection a depth and texture not always found in contemporary design.
Sustainability has been at the heart of Ryan’s work since the company’s inception in 2005. Today he has a wide range of products, from computer accessories to farmhouse tables.
His new SHRED range again references his South African background and is made from Ecotex, a material made from 100% recycled textile waste derived from old, unwanted clothes and household fabrics.
Recycling clothing is a fantastic way to prolong a products lifecycle thus reducing the need to produce new cotton or synthetic fibers.
2014 is definitely going to be a year of innovative and exciting new collaborations and cross pollination. And to kick it off Skinny laMinx designer, Heather Moore, recently released Up, Up & Away, her second fabric collection designed exclusively for US quilting company Cloud 9 Fabrics.
Inspired by the infectious buzz of WDC 2014 creativity simmering in the city, Moore approached fashion designer Jessica Harwood of Take Care to transform her fabric range into summery casual wear.
The key theme at Skinny laMinx in 2014 will be Cross Pollination, as the brand looks to spend the year sparking off collaborations with local and international designers in surprising and enlivening ways.
The garments are not available for purchase, as the intention behind the collaboration was to inspire home sewists and aspiring fashion designers to create their own clothes using the Up, Up & Away collection. The range of prints is available in limited quantities from the Skinny laMinx shop at 201 Bree Street, Cape Town.
“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead.
It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
- Susan Sontag
Katrin Coetzer is an incredibly talented Cape Townian illustrator. I’ve featured one or two of her illustrations here before, but I’ve recently rediscovered her work via Pinterest.
I just love the magical worlds she creates filled with lazy lions, quizzical cats and handsome shirts. Strangely, it feels like the books in one of her drawings almost inform these worlds. I can definitely see hints of Murakami and dashes of Dahl.
You can buy a selection of her prints here: http://katrincoetzer.bigcartel.com/
Made to order with a variety of woods to choose from, their designs are elegant, timeless and convertible so that their function extends beyond the nursery and into your home.
Now that’s clever.
Meerkatkolonie in Rosendal (Eastern Free State) is a beautiful little gallery that houses the works of artists Dahla Hulme (whom I’ve feature here before) and Michelle Nigrini. We spent last weekend there and if like me you’re enchanted by art, handmade things and dusty roads littered with lazy dogs then this is the town for you.
You’ll find Dahla and Henriette with their Golden Retrievers on the stoep making beautiful things by hand, whilst Josephina gives you the grand tour and proudly showcases her handmade dolls.
I’ll have to do another post to show you some of the other gems in this quaint little one donkey town (multiple donkeys if Henriette has her way), but in the mean time you can find more info here:
Gerhard Marx Garden Carpet: Johannesburg , 2013
Gerhard Marx Garden Carpet: Johannesburg , 2013
Gerhard Marx Garden Carpet: Johannesburg , 2013
Gerhard Marx Pigeon, 2012
Gerhard Marx Ribcage, 2012
Gerhard Marx Hare, 2012
Gerhard Marx’s Lessons in Looking Down explores representations of the structures that the bare eye cannot see. He focuses on the structures that hold or shape the fluid aspects of existence; the ribcage that holds the soft, near shapeless interior of the body, the city structure that funnels and facilitates the flows of lives lived together.
Marx literally brings the informational abstractions of aerial views, maps, and anatomical illustrations into his physical world by using plant material from his immediate environment as medium.
The techniques that Marx develops to do this are at once practical, poetic and conceptual strategies by which he draws the world with the world. His works are labour intensive reconstructions that rely on fragments to construct intimate immensities, works that meticulously scratch at the surface to reveal an ecstatic vastness beneath.
The exhibition is on at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg 14 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER 2013.
Jo’burgers listen up. The talented Nadia van der Mescht is running fantastic workshops aimed at creative business owners in a variety of fields from photography and design to crafters or even bloggers.
If you have your own business and want to learn and prosper, then the workshops are ideal. The topics range from social media to creative marketing ideas and there are two types of workshops – one for beginners and one for intermediates. The Beginner’s Workshop is ideal for business owners who would like to learn the basics. The Intermediate Workshops are for those who are in the industry and on the right track, but would perhaps like step it up a notch.
The workshops started in Durban with sold out dates and an amazing array of creatives joining in. All the past attendees have given wonderful reviews. Creatives who attend can look forward to a day of learning with practical examples and case studies of successful businesses. The day is the ideal platform for networking within a creative environment. All the courses include a delicious lunch, snacks, a really lovely goodie bag and a host of giveaways from wonderful brands.
19th Nov Intermediate
21st Nov Beginner
23rd Nov Intermediate
For more info click here.
We went to the opening of the Sanlam Food Wine and Design Fair at Hyde Park Corner last night and it’s bigger and better than ever. This boutique outdoor market features the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, micro breweries and speciality foods. Top SA chefs also educate and inspire with on-site demonstrations.
Make sure you get there this weekend.
Studio No 19 – Mia Widlake
Are you designer or an art professional with a great home? Behomm is a great new home exchange community for design and art professionals and they now have memberships in South Africa.
“The reason Behomm only focusses on designers and visual artists is because they tend to show their love of beauty in their home aesthetics and they have common interests and passions that make for an easy exchange fit.”
Behomm represents a wide range of artistic professionals, from architects to art directors, ceramic artists to fashion stylists (there’s even a list you can check on the site) in places from Amsterdam to Tokyo, San Francisco to Morocco, Cape Town and hundreds of places between.
Behomm was created by Barcelona-based graphic designers Agustí Juste and Eva Calduch, longtime home exchangers with a passion for aesthetics and travel. After spending long hours every year picking through crowded exchange sites to find appealing homes that met their interests, they realized that nearly all of the members on their list were creative professionals like themselves.
Their vision: “At Behomm we believe home exchange is not just about finding free accommodation around the world,” says Juste, “It’s about sharing and making personal connections. Through Behomm, we want to change the way our community of designers and visual artists travel, making the world a friendlier place.”
Behomm has since blossomed into a fast-growing community with beautiful homes of all shapes and sizes, wrapped in an elegantly simple site design.
“We hope to link beauty lovers worldwide,” says Calduch, “it’s really exciting to see this community grow so fast and with such beautiful homes and interesting people.”
Go check out their site and see you how the exchange works: https://www.behomm.com/