Creative Business Workshops


The talented Nadia van der Mescht will be running her Creative Business Workshops in Cape Town later this month. The workshops are 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 for you. 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 Workshops 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.

For more info on the course and to find out how to book visit her site:

The Artisan

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I’ve been noticing these great lamps by The Artisan on Superbalist for a while now. The company was founded by Jovan Geldenhuys in 2013, a senior architectural technologist with a passion for beautiful, functional design and an eye for detail. Later joined by Ingrid Auret, interior designer by qualification, freelance exhibition designer by trade. Together they are building a brand that promises continuous innovation, inspiration and beautiful handmade goods.


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I’ve featured Ilundi’s lovely leather goods here before, but I’ve just noticed there’s a whole new range available on the Ilundi website. So click here to read my previous chat with Safia Stodel, the designer behind the range, or pop onto her website to check it out.

“Ilundi products are labours of love. They can take up to 14 hours to make by hand. Every hole is hand punched and every stitch hand sewn. No sewing machines are used. We prefer to do things with just our hands, which is the hard way but also the best way. We sew our products with the reliable saddle stitch, which is one of the oldest stitches used in leather work.”

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Those who wander exhibition

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Don’t miss the multimedia group exhibition Those Who Wander, which explores the wastelands, misfits & outcasts, of the artists’ imaginations & of our universe.

Featuring an incredibly gifted & unique collection of eight young South African artists:

Gerhard Human

Ree Treweek

Daniël du Plessis

Jade Klara

Bruce Mackay

Jean de Wet

Hanno Van Zyl

Rikus Ferreira

25 July – 16 August at Salon 91 91 Kloof street, Cape Town. 



I absolutely love this new range of leather and velt goods by Janine Mollentze owner and designer at Veltwerk. Janine is a freelance content producer who lives in Cape Town. She told Handsome Things a bit about her background, inspiration and how Veltwerk got started.

“I grew up watching my grandmother cut patterns, sew, knit and crochet everything and anything. It was just something that was part of my life. As a teenager I was always interested in fashion, and I would ask her to to make garments from the designs I drew up.

After high school I studied both Journalism and Fine Arts, but due to my short attention span I never finished either, but rather took the time to travel abroad and immersed myself into learning about European cultures. It was in London that I got a broader understanding of the international fashion industry and even though I worked in the VFX industry, I spent a lot of my free time online and on the high streets appreciating beautiful apparel and accessories. 


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Ever since I can remember, I have been creative and I’ve always had a great appreciation for art, fashion, and photography. On my return to SA in 2012, all I wanted was to lose myself in any creative activity I could find, sewing was one of these, and I quickly started dreaming up ideas for bags, scanning the internet for inspiration.

I purchased materials and started experimenting at home but soon realised that working with leather is not an easy task and started sourcing more advanced production methods. 

Now I am more involved in design and material sourcing than the manufacturing, but believe that I have a personal connection with the concepts of my collections and that VELTWERK as a brand is a functional expression of who I am. How it will evolve in future is going to have a lot to do with my new life on African soil.

I recently also started producing a range of contemporary ceramics that will be available for purchase in our online shop very soon. Keep your eyes on our website


Artist Maja Maljević

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Maja Maljević is a Jo’burg based artist who was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1973. She graduated from the School for Design in the department of Graphic Design, Belgrade in 1992 and immigrated to South Africa in 2000. She completed a residency at NIROX (Cradle of Humankind) in 2011 and has had many solo exhibitions in Jo’burg, Cape Town and Belgrade.

“To capture and describe my creative process is like putting music into words – something essential gets lost in translation. How can you record the emotional volume present in the art of listening?

Painting requires experience, dedication, boredom, excitement, dissatisfaction and an eye for possibilities. You have to acknowledge the past and at the same time retune the present without the fear of originality or influence. You have to enjoy the process of painting, playing with variety and assembling style.

I enjoy a visual ensemble that includes the figurative and the abstract, the organic and geometric, the obvious and the elusive. Put them all together and you get an eclectic remix where any one thing can be something else. A portrait can rise out of a still life, a still life can descend into a landscape, a finger is a toe and two legs, slightly parted, might be a whisper.

To make something is to sound its own purpose, its own existence.”

Illustrator Kirsten Sims

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I absolutely love the work of Cape Town illustrator Kirsten Sims. Kirsten graduated with a BA in Applied Design (Specialising in Illustration) from the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography in 2011.

“I spend most days making pictures, looking at pictures, reading and drinking tea . On other days I teach illustration to high school students. From February 2014 I will go back to being a student as I embark on an Honours degree in Illustration at the Stellenbosch University.”

She’ll be part of a new exhibition entitled Paper is You II at Salon 91 opening 25 June.

The exhibition is on until the 19th of July and will be  featuring:
Kirsten Sims, Andrzej Urbanski, Paul Senyol, Berry Meyer, Gabrielle Raaff & Katrin Coetzer – Paper is You II.

Join Kirsten’s facebook page here:

Barbara Wildenboer

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I’ve been meaning to feature the beautiful and intricate work of Cape Town artist Barbara Wildenboer for a few years now, but somehow I never got round to it. I just saw that she has an upcoming exhibition, so I thought that this would be the perfect time.

Barbara obtained a Masters in Fine Art (with distinction) from the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town in 2007. She has participated in several group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, most recently the Art of the Book at the Seager Gray Gallery and artMRKT Contemporary and Modern Art Fair in San Francisco 2014.

She is currently working on a body of work entitled The Lotus Eaters, which will open at The Reservoir at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein in July 2014.

Says Who 2014 Mailer

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I recently received the new Says Who 2014 Mailer. And as always it’s packed with awesome illustration.

Our new mailer was made from a  variety of left over paper stocks, such as brown cardboard, an old analysis accounting books, newsprint pad, red and yellow poster board, and some old brown envelopes.  Each element was drawn and run through our photocopier, then finished by hand. Included in each Says Who Junk Mail pack is a Take-out Menu, Junk Flyers, 14 page illustrated booklet, a poster and a pack of 20 chicken stickers. The illustrations and designs are made up from various sketches and and photocopy experiments.”

Thanks Lauren and Shaun!

Wallpaper and Textiles by Room 13 Collection

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I discovered the lovely Room 13 Collection of wallpaper, textiles and cushions via Lanalou Style blog.

Based in Cape Town this collection is a unique range of interior products designed and produced by Room 13  Graphic Design Studio.

“For a long time, it has been our dream to branch out into a new business where we could be our own client, and design a range that was true to our unique style; a collection that we would want in our very own homes.

Developed over a period of two years, the Room 13 Collection is inspired by a vast compilation of concepts and ideas collected over time. These were then lovingly tailored by our talented designers and art directors into the drawings, collages and graphics now featured in this one-of-a-kind collection.”

Get rich (quick) by Seth Godin

Enrich your world by creating value for others.

Enrich your health by walking twenty minutes a day.

Enrich your community by contributing to someone, without keeping score.

Enrich your relationships by saying what needs to be said.

Enrich your standing by trusting someone else.

Enrich your organization by doing more than you’re asked.

Enrich your skills by learning something new, something scary.

Enrich your productivity by rejecting false shortcuts.

Enrich your peace of mind by being trusted.

The connection economy pays dividends in ways that the industrial one rarely did.

via Seth’s Blog

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:



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.