IsaBeauPeep Mat – single thread t-shirt fabric – Black – R800 (lighter but chunky) Available at VAMP
Crocheted Doily Mat – 2 x 3mm nylon rope thread. Black. 90cm (width) – R850 (some of her items are available at The Fringe on Kloof)
Isabeau not only creates the loveliest crochet and knitted things, she’s also Cape Town’s undisputed yarn bombing queen. We chatted to Isabeau about ‘slow design’ and her love of yarn.
I see on your blog you’ve also taken the Handmade pledge, do you think South Africans have become more aware of the value of Handmade?
Yes, I pledged to go Handmade because I feel we should keep skills and techniques alive that’s been serving us so well for generations – it’s part of our heritage/culture. The awareness of the value of handmade is definitely starting to take root in South Africa, people are embracing goodness & quality; ‘slow’ design – probably an idea started with the ‘slow food’ movement.
What is your background and how did you get into crocheting?
I’ve got a graphic design & marketing background, but the crocheting started when I was small, I lost the technique and picked it up again a few years back – I fell in love with the feel, the process and the authenticity of working with yarn/thread to create a product.
Any new products/exhibitions/bombings on the horizon?
At the moment I’m working with Virgin Active on ‘getting everyone legwarmer ready’ as part of their latest campaign. I’m also working on a personal yarn bombing project where I’ll be playing with different techniques. On the product side, I’m making my pretty doily mats & welcome mats with a launch coming in November for a brand-new product line that I’m very excited about… top secret for now tho’:)