amy ellenbogen

Gather

my friends Mariah & Amy are two of the most stylish and talented people i know. they started their business Gather a few years back, styling events and putting together new spaces like the geniuses they are. i’m so excited to finally share more of their work with you as i just finished their new website!

you might remember the gorgeous Flower Safari group exhibition that i shared with you last year – yep, Gather was behind that. they are also preparing to launch a new group exhibition in April called Forts (check out the poster i did for that) – so if you’re in Cape Town be sure to go check it out.

i’m very very lucky to have these two gals around, as they’re going to help me with my own wedding. (yesssssssss!!!!)

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Victoria & Christof’s wedding, Jess & Caleb’s wedding + Central Arms & Cycles lookbook photographed by Julia Merrett

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Flower Safari

Flower Safari is a group spring show that i watched grow as a seedling, as it were, from the mind of my friends Amy & Mariah. held at the new Side Street Studios in Woodstock, it features clothing by Take Care, jewellery by Dear Rae and art & products from talented people like Amy, Jessicah PedersenNix DaviesJulia Merrett, Emalie Bingham, Kirsty RiellyElsabe Milandri and Thingking. The event was styled by Mariah, who created those beautiful flower chandeliers. the show will be running through November so make sure you go have a look and maybe buy some art.

Artists: Jessicah Pedersen / Amy Ellenbogen /Nix Davies /Julia Merrett /Emalie Bingham /Kirsty Rielly /Elsabe Milandri / Thingking. Event Design & Styling- Mariah Breitenberg. Photography We Love Pictures. Clothing Take Care. Jewelry Dear Rae.

this is the invite i designed for the event.

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Visiting Amy

i’ve spoken about my friend Amy before on the blog – you’ll be familiar with her famous collages if you’re a regular visitor. she has the best taste out of any person i know, and that is a fact. some might say she taught me everything i know. so when Kate and i were musing about who she should do her next house call series on (she blogs for local site its what i’m into) i suggested amz, as she is currently living in a mega cute cottage in the seaside village of kalk bay.

amz has a knack for quickly making any space she occupies into a home – when we lived together in a tiny, tiny room in london (harry potter’s cupboard would not be an exaggeration) she managed to make it cosy & liveable. then later on when we shared a (luckily) bigger flat she filled it up with tons of beautiful wooden furniture – many of which were handmade by her dad. you can see some of his pieces in these photos, the kitchen table notably (love those tapered legs) as well as the laptop tray (brilliant) and the bedside lamp (i have on too).

read the entire post here and be sure to check out the rest of Kate’s house calls.

ps: the cute pooch goes by Sophie, and she is a Hungarian Viszla in case anyone is wondering.

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Collages & Kings

i have been out of commission today, so just want to share more of my great friend amy’s collages for inspiration’s sake.

these images are all from amy’s collection of cutouts from magazines & some were possibly printed from the internet. unfortunately i can’t list any of the sources – but if you by any chance see something that is yours let me know!

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Black + White

more of amy’s collages. these are old & there are no sources for any of the pics unfortunately (mostly from vogues and other magazines anyway.) click on each image for the hi-res version.

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Master Collagist

i have told you about my friend amy before (see her things i like right now to spruce your memory.)  i have dubbed her Master Collagist. since our first year together in university 9 odd years ago now, amz has made books full of collages to inspire her. people actually stole these books – that’s how nice they were. she came to visit me this weekend and i asked her to bring some of her old books along so i could scan some pages in (will be sharing those in due course.) she ended up making an entirely new collage in her giant A3 moleskine sketchbook based on fashion and other stuff she’s enjoying right now. good times, noodle salad.

i’ve split the pages up simply for bloggin’ purposes – but you can view the full layout here.

1- apartment 34 ; 2 – laundry basket ; 3 – old chum ; 4 - blazer ; 5 – unknown (will remedy) ; 6 – gold ring ; 7 – isabel marant s/s 2011 ; 8 – old chum ; 9 – wood hair band ; 10 – tove mauritzson’s house ; 11 - stella mccartney pre-fall 2011; 12 – devils tower ; 13 – paul smith a/w 2011 ; 14 – vintage rolex ; 15 – off of broadway ; 16 – jak & jil ; 17 – nos da shoulder bag ; 18 – carven t-shirt ; 19 – madewell cardigan ; 20 – 13 stars flags

1 – vanessa jackman ; 2 – grow it yourself poster ; 3 – wendi nichol bracelet ; 4 – popupshop jeans ; 5 – rachel comey cardigan ; 6 - stella mccartney pre-fall 2011 ; 7 – etaletc track top ; 8 – salva lopez ; 9 - livingston’s seeds annual ; 10 – j.crew fall 2011 lookbook ; 11 – siwa tote bag ; 12 – margaret howell ss 2011 ; 13 – rolex ; 14  - a.p.c. jeans ; 15 – silk socks ; 16 – streetstyle aesthetic ; 17 – baggu duck bag ;  18 – brogen averill ; 20 – margaret howell

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amy: things i like right now

amy and i met each other in our first year of university where we both studied graphic design. i can’t tell you how many hours we spent drinking coffee on campus, ‘working’ in front of the tv while watching period dramas, driving around in her eighties honda ballade despite its odd smell… we have traveled overseas together, shared a room the size of harry potter’s cupboard, attempted to encourage each other in various exercise regimes (if you gym, i’ll gym) – the list goes on and on. a great friend who i am very fortunate to know.

things i like right now by amy who curates for field office and blogs at visi

  1. Will’s sandwiches at Field Office. My best is the haloumi and mexican salsa served on rye.
  2. My Hungarian Viszla Sophie. She is the best pooch around. Photo by Desmond le Roux
  3. Pedersen and Lennard hook. Super handy and so beautiful.
  4. Gold Toms. My friend Mariah has them and they make me jealous every time she puts them on.
  5. Chapel Bags. By my friend Caleb.
  6. Bridle Road Residence in Cape Town. Because the pool is green, the garden is big and they have ridgebacks.
  7. Isabel Marant. My favourite fashion designer - I dream of wearing her one day.
  8. David West’s latest collection. Proudly South African.
  9. Sticker wallpaper from Peyton Turner. Each wallpaper pattern is made up of thousands of hand-applied stickers, and can be removed and re-applied in any space. Who doesn’t like a sticker.
  10. Air plants. Because they don’t need so much water. Photo by Masaaki Sano
  11. Dale Lawrence. My favourite artist right now.
  12. Ryan McGinley. Makes naked look so good.
  13. Elsabe Milandri. She makes ink drawing look easy and such a free and easy style. Her subject matter is always thought provoking yet true to her roots.
  14. Old Cape Town photos. I am a history nut & could read about the history of Cape Town all day. It has changed so much and we have lost so much history, yet people don’t seem to care.
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