Modern Stranger

27 Mar

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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:

Stockists include Haas & Present Space.

Joh Del Illustration

19 Mar

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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


17 Mar

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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

14 Mar

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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 (”

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:

Jono Garrett – Frida von Fuchs Corporate Identity

17 Feb

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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:

Other Dust by Andrew Sutherland

13 Feb

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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

5 Feb

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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.

Nicci Martin Illustration

29 Jan

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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:

You can also join her facebook page here or buy some of her illustrations from Hello Pretty.


27 Jan

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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.

Shred by Ryan Frank

23 Jan

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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.

Skinny laMinx and Take Care Collaboration

13 Jan

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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

8 Dec

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead.

Pay attention.

It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” 

- Susan Sontag


Katrin Coetzer

3 Dec

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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:

Bunny & Clyde

25 Nov

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Bunny & ClydeNap time. Harrison toddler bed (conversion kit available with crib).

Bunny & ClydeCoco compactum.

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I absolutely adore the simple and stylish new nursery furniture range by Bunny & Clyde.  Aritst Mariette Bergh is the  designer behind this bespoke range of solid wood cribs and nursery furniture.

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 – Rosendal

18 Nov

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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:

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