Embroidery by Danielle Clough

 

I’ve been too busy to blog over the past few months, but after seeing these gorgeous embroidered pieces by Cape Town based artist Danielle Clough I just had to jump right back in.

Danielle is a multi-talented artist who studied art direction and graphic design at The Red and Yellow School in Cape Town.

“When she is not VJing (which is not what you think), Dee is doing digital design work for local companies; wrapped in a mess of threads embroidering anything from vintage rackets to shoes; lending her voice to local radio shows (Assembly Radio, Bush Radio ); creating custom book covers (Modjaji Books); and working as a contributing photographer for various local and international media.

Dee has been profiled by Instagram, Colossal, CNN, Vogue.com. Creative Boom and the Creators Project amongst others, while her work has been published in the New York Times T Magazine, Casa de Jardim, Cape Times, Homespun and featured in various exhibitions across the country.

Some clients from 2016 include Gucci, The African Innovation foundation and the United Nations.

She currently works, plays and bikes in Cape Town.”

http://www.danielleclough.com/

 

Koba Nieuwoudt Illustration

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I’m absolutely smitten with Koba Nieuwoudt‘s illustrations. Koba studied graphic design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and she’s doing her Honours in Illustration at Stellenbosch University.

Can’t wait to see what she does next.

You can find her on Facebook, Behance or Instagram.

Her products, which as far as I know include pillows and mugs, are available for purchase and you can either check out her website or contact her at kobie.nieuwoudt@gmail.com for more info.

http://www.kobanieuwoudt.co.za/

Illustration and ceramics by Dayfeels

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Shygirl series by Dayfeels Illustration

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Bodies series by Dayfeels Illustration

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by Cass Collett

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by Cass Collett

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by  Cass Collett

 

This morning I stumbled on the beautiful Instagram feed of Amor Coetzee and I rushed over to her website.

Dayfeels is the creative sobriquet of South African artist and photographer, Amor Coetzee. Amor grew up in a small Eastern Cape seaside town, Gonubie and later moved to the beautiful city of Cape Town where she has been living and working for the past 6 years.

The inspiration for her work stems from a deep appreciation for the landscape, the ocean and the properties of water. These elements have had the most significant influence on her current artworks.

The hues, ripples and reflections, the immense power and the calm. It is her muse. Amor is very drawn to a clean and muted aesthetic and work through a process of elimination, starting out with a lot of detail and removing bit by bit until only the very essence remains. Her work tries to communicate a sense of calm, as subtle as susurrus.

Dayfeels Illustrations are based on aphorisms- a metaphorical phrase which embodies a feeling, these phrases are used to create simple line drawings.

Bodies, explores the simple gestures exchanged between lovers

Shygirl, is an ongoing narrative of a charming recluse trying to come to terms with big city life.

An extension of her artworks, the ceramic side of Dayfeels, lets her experiment more with texture, contrast, abstract shapes and patterns to create hand-made, one of a kind earthernware pieces.

http://dayfeels.co.za/

https://www.instagram.com/dayfeels/

Art and Illustration by Linsey Levendall

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Linsey Levendall is a incredibly talented multidisciplinary creative originally from the Cape Flats of Cape Town, but now living with his wife and two dogs in a small town in rural Saskatchewan, Canada.

“Linsey works closely with The Black Heart Gang and Shy The Sun as a conceptual designer on groundbreaking animation for both the local and international market. He also makes up one half of the duo Bison.

In his spare time, Linsey compulsively illustrates in various mediums for both business (on freelance projects) and pleasure. He says his intricately executed and seemingly disturbing work is driven by a need to be in sync with his subconscious thoughts and dreams.

He defines his work as being engaging decadence, mildly trippy and takes great joy in entertaining the viewer with obscure controlled chaotic worlds and strangely interesting and complex characters. While his skill lies in his versatility and ability to adapt to various styles, he finds himself mostly drawn to Cubism, Surrealism and Pop Surrealism. In his work he aims to stay open to evolving and preserving unconventional thinking.”

Follow Linsey on Instagram.

https://www.behance.net/Linsey_Levendall

 

Kirsten Beets | Everyday Eden

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I love how Kirsten Beets’ paintings evoke a mood and tell a story. Her beautiful exhibition Everyday Eden is now on at Salon 91 in Cape Town.

“The starting point for Everyday Eden was the word ‘Jungle’ which led to an exploration of the ‘Urban Jungle’. I wanted to investigate the space that I inhabited, namely Cape Town. It is a city in which I live and work and it became a challenge to draw inspiration from the overly familiar sights and sounds. This forced me to look deeper at my surroundings and since Nature and the natural world has always been an inspiration, I started to wonder if there was any wilderness hiding among the everyday.

Slowly I began to take note of the in-between spaces. For the first time I observed the exotic palm tree with a cityscape peeking out behind it. Everyday scenes of nature previously overlooked, uncelebrated yet beautiful in their own way. In my paintings I have tried to convey the feeling of these places, a kind of strangeness within a familiar environment. For me these spaces represent Edens or little islands of lost paradise complete with their own fauna and flora. Not all the works are from Cape Town, some were inspired by travels. In each I tried to celebrate the Everyday Edens I found along the way.”

Exhibition closes 10 October.

www.salon91.co.za

Artist Marna Hattingh

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What I’m really thinking, 2015 – Memories in Motion

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Nowhere Song II, 2015 – Memories in Motion

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Group, 2015 – Memories in Motion

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Moment, 2015 – Memories in Motion

Marna Hattingh is an incredibly talented contemporary artist and children’s book illustrator based in Cape Town.  She recently took part in a group exhibition called Memories in Motion at the M Contemporary gallery in Sydney,  Australia.

“Hattingh’s work travels between a hybrid of fine art, literature and the complexities or contemporary life. She interrogates and articulates its collective emotions and the result is simultaneously humorous and serious, rendering it poignant and engaging.
 
 These intricately worked paintings, each containing it own complex narrative, have an immediacy that is difficult to ignore. Her distinctive graphic style is deeply layered and functions as a hyper-textual visual language, which allows the viewer to be rewarded with an awareness of the poetic and lyrical within his/her own wilderness. Hattingh works in a range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.”

Marna will also take part in the upcoming Young Collector’s Exhibition by Fried Contemporary Art Gallery curated by Shenaz Mahomed.  5 September – 3 October.

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo Dirnberger

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

The Ghost Dog Series by Stevo

Stevo Dirnberger is an award-winning South African creative professional, photographer, designer and traveller who has recently spent five weeks looking after Huskies in the Arctic circle.

Stevo and his travel companion Chanel Cartell are currently on a creative hiatus after ditching their day jobs to travel the globe.

“After nearly 15 combined years of work in the advertising and branding industries, our lives were pretty set. They were filled with family, friends, amazing jobs, shiny cars and a beautiful home. Sounds pretty great, hey? Well we thought so too…until we felt the routine of perfection creeping up on us and ageing us with its complacency. We were no longer feeling challenged, and thinking back to the last time my life hit a little wall, the ‘Yes Man’ theory had risen its shiny head again, except this time, there was two of us saying “yes” to the world, and all it has to offer. We’re looking at a journey that allows us to live outside of the shuddering comfort zone, and gives us the opportunity to say “yes” to a whole bunch of crazy cool experiences whilst fuelling our creative needs.”

You can follow their incredible journey on their blog: http://howfarfromhome.com/

https://instagram.com/stevodirnberger/

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

Illustration by Dylan Howe Jones

I’ve seen the amazing work of Cape Town based freelance illustrator Dylan Howe Jones around for a few years now. His illustration was also featured as part of the beautiful Essie Artist’s Almanac 2015.

Go check out his work on his Behance page and see more of his Theory One ink illustrations on his Flickr page.

https://www.behance.net/dylanhowejones

Artist Philip Barlow

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I’ve only recently discovered the work of Cape Town based artist Philip Barlow. He is known for his luminous and ethereal ‘bokeh’ style oil on linen paintings. Just beautiful.

“The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them. Bathed in the luminosity, it is my hope that they would become more beautiful. To me, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality.”

https://www.facebook.com/philipbarlowstudio

http://www.philipbarlow.com/

Mr Fox by Says Who

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A brand new project uploaded by the talented folks at Says Who. I want one.

‘Says Who is a creative studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
We design, we illustrate, we conceptualise and create to provide our 
clients with the high standards they’ve come to expect from us.
We are always looking for new opportunities to collaborate and produce 
amazing work, so please contact us if you think we’d work well together.’

http://sayswho.co.za/

Well worn an exhibition by Lisa Brice

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Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice - Well Worn

Lisa Brice’s beautifully poetic exhibition Well Worn is currently showing at the Goodman Gallery in Jo’burg. It ends 14 MAY 2015. Make sure not to miss it.

“Lisa Brice’s new body of work features a cast of female protagonists, engaged/absorbed in autobiographical acts of looking, and being looked at. Grooming, making up, stripping down, dressing up within the confines of domestic, private or veiled interiors, they are involved in self scrutiny, awareness, consciousness, affirmation, adoration, promotion, loathing, deprecation, defence, defiance, protection, reinvention, presentation. The mirror reflection reoccurs as a central property, simultaneously functioning as an alter ego and an imagined audience beyond the private, as well as formal device within the painting.”

www.goodman-gallery.com

Pictures via Goodman Gallery

Sculptures by Haidee Nel

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I’ve been a fan of Haidee Nel‘s beautiful work for a while now. If you’re in Cape Town you can see a selection of her work on view at the Cape Town Art Fair from 26 Feb – 1 March. The Hare, The Fox, The Hummingbird, The Lion, The Crocodile & Die Bokkie.

“Sculptor and performance artist Haidee Nel started her career by constructing and distributing pairs of wire-and-fur ears to art festival audiences. She was intrigued by the way in which her work brought people closer to their animal selves. These wearable artworks served as a tool for the shedding of social masks and a return to child-like innocence – an experience that reminds people of their ever-present intrinsic potential to become anything that they desire. The notion that thoughts have a direct effect on our perception and experience of the world was what inspired Nel to move towards creating live, interactive human sculptures and eventually develop her own series of masked child characters that have gained recognition worldwide.”Erdmann Contemporary

http://haideenel.blogspot.com/

Whimsical illustrations by Anneke Jacobs

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I follow Jo’burg designer and illustrator Anneke Jacobs on Instagram and I love seeing her whimsical illustrations pop-up on my feed. More please. Anneke Jacobs | Handsome Things Anneke Jacobs | Handsome Things

“Graphic Designer by day. Doodler by night. Keeper of flowers and lover of The Batman. Serious series binge watcher. I call Johannesburg my home, it’s a shitty nice place.”

http://annekejacobs.tumblr.com/

http://instagram.com/anneke_jacobs/