“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/
December by Andres Pallavicini
Oh my! This beautiful Essie Letterpress South African Artist’s Almanac features original illustrations for each month of the year, all designed by renowned local artists.
It was printed by an Heidelberg Platen press on Natural Evolution paper. You can get yours from the Essie online shop for R490.
I’ve featured the talented local illustrator Maria Lebedeva here before. I love her work and you’d be happy to know she has a new exhibition coming up titled ‘Wish you were here.’
The exhibition starts on the 1st of November at Wolves (3 Corlett drive, Illovo, Johannesburg) and it will be up until mid-December. Go check it out.
Milkshed is a wonderful NGO with a simple story – they take reclaimed wood and transform it into works of art and then they use all the profits for social change. That’s pretty incredible.
“We care about the integrity of wood. A lot. Our products are all made from reclaimed wood and when each piece arrives at the Milkshed its destiny is determined not by some preplanned design but rather by its unique character. This process is facilitated by a team of talented individuals who transform the wood into something truly special.
Following this bout of design and handcrafted magic our furniture is sold to its new owner via our online shop. It’s at this point that things really get exciting and the reason being is that every cent of profit, that’s right, every cent, from the sale of each item is channeled into doing good. We decided on ‘Something Good’ as a collective name for our projects, which range from fixing up a dilapidated school on the outskirts of Cathcart to making life a little easier for Mrs Zonde by supplying her with much-needed plastic gloves so she can continue her home-based care in rural Mandeni.
Our main aim is to change perceptions about giving; to show the high impact value that a combination of small changes can have.”
Where can you buy their furniture?
“Our website www.milkshed.co.za and online shop will be live soon but in the meantime you can contact us directly on email@example.com or keep in the loop at www.facebook.com/MilkshedZA or @Milkshed.”
Moederskoot – Watercolour on paper
Don’t miss Karlien de Villiers’ new exhibition titled The Discomfort Zone at Worldart Gallery 54 Church Street Cape Town.
The title of this new exhibition of paintings and drawings is borrowed from the 2006 memoir The Discomfort Zone, by Jonathan Franzen.
Like the book, Karlien’s latest body of work explores the values and moral ambiguities of South African suburbia, and treats the human and its relationships as a site of aftermath.
21 October – 15 November
Hey Cape Townians, you lucky buggers get to see one my favourite local artists Mariette Bergh’s work at two different upcoming exhibitions. The first two pieces will be at the Salon 91 Art For Me Art Fair at V&A Waterfront 25-27 October 2013. The second two will be at the Culture Gallery on the 31st of October 2013.
Also check out Mariette’s brand new Facebook Page.
Don’t miss Pieter Hugo’s photographic solo exhibition titled, Kin. This new photographic series will show across both of Stevenson‘s galleries, premiering in Johannesburg and opening two weeks later in Cape Town.
Kin is a bittersweet perspective on Hugo’s homeland of South Africa. It is a meditation on the ideals of home, both familial and humanistic. It explores the tenuous ties that both bind us to and repel us from others.
Over the past eight years Hugo has turned his eye on cramped townships, contested farmlands and abandoned mining areas; psychologically charged still lifes in people’s homes; sites of political significance; drifters and the homeless; his pregnant wife, and his daughter moments after her birth; the domestic servants who have worked for the Hugo family over three generations.
The series alternates between intimate and public spaces, with particular emphasis on the growing disparity between rich and poor, and reveals Hugo’s deeply conflicted feelings about his home. It confronts complex issues of colonisation, racial diversity and economic disparity. Kin endeavours to locate his young family in a country with a fraught history and an uncertain future.
3 October – 8 November 2013
17 October – 23 November 2013