South African protea flowers

Sometimes it’s pure joy

One of the things I love about this business is the adventure. Something interesting and exciting seems to happen every single day, and usually it's unpredictable. Sometimes the adventure is in the fascinating people I get to talk to, like

Sculptural steelwork by artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks

What is real?

I've been spending my Friday afternoons in Conrad Hicks' blacksmith workshop pounding steel and learning to wield a hammer, I'm even learning to make a hammer! It started as a need to work through a lot of anger and strong

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

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

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

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

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

Untamed

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

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