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/

 

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Mungo Micro-Mill, Cape Town

 

I absolutely love the new Mungo store and inner city Micro-Mill in the heart of Cape Town. The idea behind this store was to create an experiential retail space where customers can interact and learn about the wonderful art of weaving. Although the majority of their production still takes place at the mill in Plettenberg Bay, they have brought down one of their oldest looms; a Hattersley Domestic loom that was made in the 1890’s. Their aim is to bridge the gap between the maker and the market, and to introduce customers to a part of their process.

The store and Micro-Mill is situated in their new beautiful four-story 1900s heritage building on Hout Street. They have carefully refurbished it, keeping all the original architectural features including Oregon Pine floors, wooden staircase, and sash windows.

The shop spans across the ground floor and into a glass atrium. The Micro-Mill is below the shop, and can be seen from the street. Here you’ll find their antique loom, managed by their Resident Weaver. The clacking sound of the loom captures the attention of passers-by as it reverberates up the street. The second floor features an office and photographic studio, which has become the marketing hub for Mungo. The top floor has been turned into an open plan loft apartment for guests, obviously kitted out in Mungo.

How gorgeous!

Mungo
78 Hout St
Cape Town

Bun and Bunee

 

Bun and Bunee is a new local skate brand that has launched a cool line of skate decks, T-shirts, caps and components. And as the proud official sponsor of One Love Central, they’re also doing a whole lot of good.

One Love Collective is a Collaborative Effort that aims to uplift the community through facilitating alternative recreational activities for the inner-city youth to have diversity in their choices, beyond the usual soccer / netball or basketball.

One Love Central has a new Skate Academy at the Drill Hall which is situated in Johannesburg’s inner-city. Bun and Bunee donated 10 full skateboard completes and accessories to their cause. Shortly after the donation a workshop took place, and kids from different backgrounds got together to be taught the basics of skateboarding, as well as the skateboard assembly process.

The skateboards are now available for the kids to use during the day, but they stay at the academy for the programme. Therefore, they can be used by many kids on an ongoing basis.

If you’re in Jo’burg you’re in luck cause Bun and Bunee will be at the next Linden Market on the 7th of May where they’ll be selling their goods and giving skate lessons to kids, so bring your skateboard along.

http://www.bunandbunee.co.za/

Follow them on Facebook or Instagram

Kamers Vol Geskenke 2016

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Make sure you don’t miss this year’s Kamers Vol Geskenke Market at St. John’s College SA’s pop-up treasure trove of handcrafted creativity. It’s on until this Sunday.

“We’re not into the perfectly made or the mass produced – it’s about high end true craft, slightly imperfect, timeless and originally designed… that special something that is only found at the show.”

http://kamersvol.com/

Hertex winter blankets

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Hertex Baby

I just love this new range of Hertex blankets. Their baby blanket range feature whimsical illustrations of penguins, flamingos, owls and drifting balloons are paired with a muted colour palette of silvery greys and dusty pastels. Made from gentle microfibre, the blankets are long lasting and easy to wash, guaranteeing warmth, comfort and more time to spend with your little one.

They also have a trendy new collection of microfibre blankets in bold geometrics prints, stripes and block patterns in elegant monochromatic colour palettes of lemon, grey sky, duck egg and eclair.

Bring on winter!

www.hertex.co.za

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/

The Linden Market

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This past weekend we took part in the second Linden Market and it’s safe to say that it was an overwhelming success. Perhaps too successful. The organiser, my talented sister Gerbri (Bibi) Schwartz, had no idea that people would be driving from all over Gauteng to attend the little market!

But, she has big plans for this small neighbourhood market and the next one will be at a much bigger venue.

“This market is all about showcasing local talent. Quite a few of our exhibitors are from the Linden community, it’s all about giving entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their goods. It’s also about uplifting our community. The market creates many jobs for locals and the spill over effect was tremendous. All the local restaurants were buzzing on Saturday. We also donated all the proceeds from the parking fees to Ry Ma In the Independent Living Centre for quadriplegics and paraplegics, based in Linden.

We had many success stories as quite a few of our vendors sold out completely before the end of the day. No one could’ve anticipated the incredible turnout! We’re already planning the next one in May and we’re taking all the feedback from visitors onboard. The venue will be much bigger and we will make sure there’s an exciting range of food and beverages.”

Follow the Linden Market on Facebook to stay updated on future markets.

Online vendor applications at http://thelindenmarket.com/

 

Illustration and ceramics by Dayfeels

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Dayfeels ceramics photo by Cass Collett

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Dayfeels ceramics photo by Cass Collett

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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/

Party Bunch & Co

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I adore beautiful cards and notebooks and I’ve just discovered Party Bunch & Co. in Cape Town. These note cards are R45 and there 12 in a pack.

Founded in 2013 they’re a company that designs and sells trend inspired party stationery for a variety of occasions. Weddings, general parties, and kids parties etc.
“Our stationery goes through a great deal of planning for when each years collections get released. We follow trends and make sure that your occasion is also dressed and ready with whats fashion. Our design team has great talents and an experienced use of tools to make the ultimate impression to our socialites. The papers we use are FSC™ approved papers that are utilised in house and with our range of products. At PB&Co we want to bring that extra personal service into your order. Each product and order is quality controlled and hand packed. We have teamed up with Aramex courier to help us bring your party parcel to your front door.”

The FNB Joburg Art Fair

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I was just at the FNB Joburg Art Fair and it’s definitely worth a visit. The Fair spearheads a diverse ‘Joburg Art Week’ with various events happening around the city from open studios, gallery openings, workshops and debates. We also attended a fascinating talk by Kendell Geers called “From Jung and Marcel Duchamp to the Illuminati and the Underground“. 

Over the past six years, the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the first international art fair on the continent, has played a leading role in supporting contemporary art with a pan-African focus. The Art Fair has become an important place for the continent’s artists, curators, collectors, writers and art lovers to congregate.

Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Sandton Convention Centre. 

R50 Friday
R100 Saturday / Sunday
R200 3-Day Pass

Creative Business Workshops

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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: 

http://www.nadiavdmescht.co.za/2014/07/cape-town-creative-business-workshops.html

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