Washibug Washi tape giveaway



Washibug recently launched a competition asking local designers to create their very own Washi Tape design. There were some lovely entries  and the winner was Surita Brink with her Candy Stripe Protea design. I was one of the judges of the competition and Washibug was kind enough to donate one of these lovely little washi tape hampers as a giveaway on Handsome Things.

So how do you win it? Answer the following question on the Handsome Things Facebook page and I’ll let you know whether you’re the winner by next Wednesday.

The Question:

Who was the winner of the Washibug competition?

For more great washi tape designs visit: http://www.washibug.co.za/



Con/Struct by Justin Plunkett

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Justin Plunkett celebrates the creative spirit with his whimsical and imaginative exhibition Con/Struct.

Con/Struct is an exploration into the themes of empowerment and imagination. Plunkett, using his own photography, has created new juxtaposed environments that encourage questioning and exploration: inviting the debate around how marketing- induced aspiration and perceived value can empower but can also corrupt, how it can be both perverse and create beauty. At the same time, at the core of his work, he honours and applauds ingenuity and the creative spirit.

The limited edition series is printed on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching 350gsm paper.

Opening: Thursday 8 May 5pm – 30 May 2014
Venue: The Cabinet
Address: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town



Gravity, all Female Art/Illustration Exhibition


Dani Loureiro

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Mariette Bergh


Nina Torr
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Cassandra Leigh Johnson

Dani Loureiro, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Tess Metcalf, Nina Torr, Mariëtte Bergh, and Maaike Bakker, together with Salon91, present an all-female illustration & multidisciplinary exhibition themed around the idea of ‘Gravity’, a natural phenomenon few have managed to escape. Playing on the idea of opposing gravity, defying it, and also being fascinated by it, the group intends to explore the polarities of destruction, inversion, and attraction. Utilizing a broad range of materials, ‘Gravity’ will be interpreted and expressed in ways unimagined up until now.

Wednesday 30 April – Saturday 24 May 2014

Salon91, 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town.



Play Play by Renee Rossouw & De Steyl

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Play Play Pattern is a delicious new modular range that was launched at this year’s Design Indaba. The range is  the result of a collaboration between architect Deánne Viljoen from De Steyl Furniture Design and Manufacture and pattern designer Renee Rossouw of RR Studio Pattern Lab.

Play Play 2014 is a modular storage concept made from Birch Plywood finished in natural oil. The chests of different sizes has drawer boxes that are removable, interchangeable and reversible and is perfect for almost any use from lounge, bedroom, studio and office storage to kids furniture.

All units are available in a plywood base or with castors.

They deliver this range all over South Africa and you can request a pricelist with sizes from info@desteyl.co.za



Simon and Mary

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I’ve been meaning to feature these Jo’burg based milliners for a while. It’s a story of tradition and craftsmanship. My kind of story.

“The milliner title has been passed down from generation to generation. Hats are in our blood, it is more than a clothing item, but rather a way of life.

Simon and Mary is a heritage brand established in 1935. The hat roots were first planted in South Africa when Mordechai Pozniak (Simon’s father) brought his cap factory from Poland to Johannesburg. 

Simon Pozniak eventually took the leading role in the company and grew it into one of Africa’s most renowned wool felt hat manufacturing plants. Simon’s wife Leah (whom he lovingly coined Mary after reading a novel) joined the business working alongside Simon and attending to all non-manufacturing needs. In 1973, Simon’s youngest son, Julian, eagerly entered the family business with Robert his oldest son joining in 1988. Today a fourth generation Pozniak, Dean, who entered the business in 2008, heads the brand & factory with the aim of continuing the legacy created by Simon.

Simon and Mary is based on a family bond within the hat factory. Using machinery bought in the 60’s and continuing the legacy created by the original milliner, Simon Pozniak.

Sam Bear Things by Samantha Strydom

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Handsome Things chatted to Samantha Strydom about her brooches, inspiration and the things she loves.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I love design, art, illustration, colours, patterns, pretty things, nature, knitting, painting, films, photography, animals, folk music, ballet, running, yoga, traveling and food.

I studied fine art at the University of Witwatersrand and majored in video art.

I work in the world of advertising as an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, Johannesburg where I work with the most amazing and inspirational people ever.

How did this side project get started?

I am a creative to the core. I am so happy when ever I am making something especially if it is something beautiful. I run a little business called Sam Bear Things where I make jewellery, do illustrations and knit dreamy bear hats for adults and kids. It started a few months ago when I realised I hadn’t made any art since I’d finished studying and that made me really sad. So I decided that had to change and I gave myself a long-term goal to be continuously creating something. I started making brooches and pendants from clay and painting them. They have become my tiny canvases that I can fill with anything I want to and that makes me really happy.

Local creatives/makers you admire?

A few local people who I admire are Dear Rae jewellery, Skinny laMinx and Skermunkil.



Modern Stranger

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I love these scatter cushions by the new decor brand Modern Stranger.  Photographer Carla Erasmus used found photography depicting nostalgic images of everyday domestic and landscape scenes.

Products currently range from scatter cushions to the newly released linen bed throws. The scatter cushion designs consists of photographic prints on hemp fabric with goose feather inners.

Modern Stranger is currently available to order online on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/modernstrangerct

Stockists include Haas & Present Space.

Joh Del Illustration

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The ridiculously talented Johan de Lange – Joh Del – is a South African illustrator living in London. He has the ability to create whimsical worlds filled with strange and magical creatures. And if you’re in London next week, 26 March, you can visit some of these worlds at his Travelling Island exhibition at The Things We Love (245 Hoxton Street N15LG London).

Find exhibition details here.

If you’re not in London you can still buy a selection of his prints on his website http://www.johdel.com/


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So in all these years I’ve never featured the dude I’m married to, Paolo Grippa, aka Slim, aka Skraal. But with his birthday coming up I thought that, even though he’ll protest, I’ll do what his mom usually does whenever people visit, I’ll show off of his work.

Slim is a commercials director at Egg Films and he’s also a constant doodler. He’s always drawing, carving, molding or creating something, usually scary things. I reckon it’s that music he listens to.

If you’d like to see more of his scary things  check out his website:





Illustrator Isaac Kosmides

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Handsome Things chatted to illustrator Isaac Kosmides about his background, exhibitions and inspiration.

I studied at Vega back in 2003, but otherwise haven’t had any formal artistic training; I’ve just always had a passion for sketching and illustration. I am a creative boy, so have always had a leaning toward it professionally, by day I’m a textile & homeware designer, and also a features writer for Spliced Magazine (www.splicedmagazine.com).”

Inspirations – there are so many to choose from. The upsurge in local talent is amazing. Fresh and fluid and ingenuitive. Though the best thing I’ve seen most recently was a multi-coloured crayon scribble by my 2 year old nephew; when I asked him what it was, he said it was ‘a birthday‘.”

The exhibition was held last September at King Kong in the Joburg CBD, titled ‘Feral‘ which I did as a two-hander with Lauren Schlachter on the often blurred lines between gentility and the animalistic in human nature. We’ve both got a love of the subject, as well as inherent leanings towards the mythological, so the pairing was most serendipitous. The show was curated by The Brr.”

You can see more work on his blog: http://drawnbymuzi.wordpress.com/

Other Dust by Andrew Sutherland

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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


Broken Foot Drawings

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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.