I chatted to Sera Holland the talented graphic and textile designer based in Cape Town who has recently returned from a stint in Ireland. Sera designs and creates bespoke fabrics which she makes into handmade products such as cushion covers, tea towels and napkins. She’s also just launched her new wallpaper range.
Tell us a bit about your background? How did you get into textile design?
I have been a graphic designer for over 10 years working in the design and advertising industries and I always wanted to make something useful as well as pretty, instead of working so hard on things I never really got to enjoy after they were done.
I found a sweet little course which was all about printing onto fabric by hand using different techniques which I really enjoyed. One of the designs I came up with then was my origami birds but back then I was cutting out each bird individually with a scalpel out of acetate (which is really not easy nor fun) and it looked pretty handprinted and messy too. Being the perfectionist that I am, I wanted to do it right and so began my quest and discovery of digital printing onto fabric.
Having the background and expertise in graphics and knowing how to set up artwork made it seem so easy for me to do. When my sister’s wedding came along I designed her and her husband a very special design inspired by their obsession with their 3 dogs. And I learnt to sew so I could give them cushion covers, napkins and 3 doggy bandanas as their actual gift. It was then that I realised what I could do and how much fun I had doing it, it wasn’t just designing the fabrics, but it was making them into something purposeful too that I and everyone else could love.
I love these beautiful textiles that are all made just outside of Plettenberg Bay. Master Weaver Stuart Holding started Mungo in 1998 and it’s a unique textile company that has the rare ability to create fabrics from the inception of design to the final product.
“Mungo is based in the seaside town Plettenberg Bay, South Africa and housed in the historical homestead of Old Nick Village. Here all our sampling is done on antique 19th century Hattersley looms in our Working Weaving Museum. Other fabrics are woven in a boutique weavery close by which employs and empowers the local community.
We design, weave and make a wide range of home ware products including table linens, bedding, throws, baby blankets, apparel and more.”
You can now buy this exquisite range online at http://mungoretail.com/
Design Team Stool Bench with Arms R2415 – R3112
Design Team Round Coffee Table R1453 High Leg R1624
Design Team Square Ottoman 500×500 R1764
Design Team Table 1.7m R6963
Design Team Round Ottoman R1764
Design Team Server R8784 Birch R14085
Design Team Ottoman bench with arms 800 length R2243
We love the new collaboration between Design Team and Essential Life. The project development team from Essential Life Creative Studio combined various Design Team fabric collections and extended them into a full-fledged furniture range.
The furniture range incorporates the revival of the mid-century trend of natural and ageless constructions, combined with a distinct modern flair. The range aims to be accessible to a global market and uses plywood made from reconstituted woods, combined with solid mahogany from sustainable forests that makes the high quality range environmentally friendly.
For more visit http://www.designteamfabrics.co.za/
Where do you live?
I live in Observatory, Cape Town.
How did you get into textile design?
Textile design happened completely by accident. I studied printmaking, and have always loved patterns of any kind. I thought it would be fun to print by hand on fabric – people liked the prints, and things have just gone on from there. I’ve learned about creating repeats as I go.
What would the perfect Sunday look like?
A perfect Sunday would be slightly cold and drizzly. I’d have coffee in bed, and read for a bit, then spend the rest of the day in my studio, drawing. I’d take a break mid-afternoon to put some sort of stew into a cast-iron pot, and leave it to cook for 2 or 3 hours while I get back to work. After supper, a few dvds with beer and a bit of knitting, and then bed, usually after midnight.
Have a look at Jesse’s textiles, prints, drawings and comics: http://www.jessebreytenbach.co.za/
Or learn how to do it yourself with one of her online block printing tutorials HERE.
Design Team is a textile design business focusing on the design, print and conversion of South African inspired textiles. Contemporary, topical designs form the basis of our fabric collections, rather than the already well represented ethnic approach. Emphasis is placed on quality and uniqueness of design, keeping in touch with global trends and design styles.
We (Amanda Haupt and Lise Butler) initiated a business concept as part of our B.Tech degree studies in Textile Design and Technology, which we completed Cum Laude at the end of 2000 at the Tswane University of Technology.
Design Team is driven by the satisfaction that comes from creating beautiful fabrics that enhance interiors and garments. Our country offers inspiration through the vibrancy of a city heartbeat, the colours of a multitude of landscapes, the beauty of diverse cultures and the richness of its people. An open minded approach to the challenges we face, result in enhanced creativity and the generation of meaning and beauty through design.
For specific enquiries on fabric collections, design services or printing options contact Lise or Amanda on:
Telephone: 002712 653 1973
Or mail us at: email@example.com
YumYum is a handmade textile range made from 100% cotton consisting of aprons, tea towels, table runners (pictured here) and napkins. All items have been designed & sown by Emma Wyngaard.
Have a look at their website: http://yumyumyumyum.yolasite.com/
Cape Town design label Skinny Laminx has launched an online store exclusively for South African shoppers. Now we can get these beautifully designed textiles from designer/illustrator Heather Moore with one click. Go on – click. http://shop.skinnylaminx.com/
Love Milo is a Cape Town based company known for their beautiful nature inspired tableware and textiles. Their products are 100% natural and 100% locally made.