Stylish merino and mohair knit purse

Design Indaba kicks off

The Design Indaba conference kicked off yesterday and by all accounts it was a full and interesting day, as expected. If like me you’re not attending you can follow the chirping at #designindaba on Twitter. But for more insights and a summary of the day’s action have a look at Creative Review’s blog post. And […]

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Finding the freedom to create

Sometimes things do not go according to plan.  Like creating on command! Like yesterday:  the beginning of my “creative week”; a making day; a day of abundant, inspired, creative work. NOT! More like a day of feeling stuck, constrained, dry, hot and bothered and blocked. A day of resorting to doing important financial admin and […]

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Nurturing Fibre studio tea party

Nurturing Fibres Studio Open Day

My friend Carle from Nurturing Fibres had an open day at her studio in Philadelphia yesterday … that’s Philadelphia about 40mins outside Cape Town rather than the US location.  Carle is a local expert on all things wool and certainly one of the most talented Indie-dyers in the country, if not the most talented and […]

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Label-making meditation

Lots of aspects of this business are done by hand, not just the making of the actual product.  I print my own product labels (both the swing tags and the sewn-in ones), which means that occasionally I have to sit down at the sewing machine and stitch up a stockpile of them. That was one […]

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Plant portraits

One of my new year’s resolutions was to take more pictures, and since I seem to have acquired a new camera I’ve switched from my old Nikon D70 to a newer model D80 (not entirely sure if the loan is going to be recalled at some point, but for now I’m treating it as mine!) […]

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A weekend away in the Tankwa Karoo

I was lucky enough to get out of town last weekend, and head up past Ceres into the Tankwa Karoo. It’s not a part of the world I’ve been to before but I’ll definitely be going back that way as soon as I can trade in my current car for a more dirt-road friendly set […]

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One day, your soul will call to you with a holy rage

The relatively “tame” garden of Kirstenbosch is playing host to “Untamed” a phenomenal collaborative installation of architecture, sculpture, poetry and prose which I discovered on a recent visit. “Wildness has been confused with savagery.  Wildness is ‘hard wired’. It is part of our essential survival and emotion-charged expressions of territory, curiosity, nurturance, lust, rage, fear […]

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Book altering for beginners

Playing with books

UCT runs a summer school programme every year in January.  Since discovering it three years ago I’ve started signing up for anything that looked interesting and there are always a few creative courses that catch my eye.  So today I started a week long series of sessions on narrative techniques working with altered books. Our […]

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