Alexia Webster, born in Johannesburg, travels throughout the continent documenting both personal and commissioned stories as a freelance photographer. she has an extensive and beautiful portfolio – be sure to look at this emotional farewell to Mandela and this amazing series of Ghanaian modernist architecture. but it’s her Street Portraits series that i’d like to share with you today, showing a slice of South African life that made me smile.
you will remember Monya from Stokperd who made my Peggy cabinet and my Megan coffee table for me (yes, i named them after Mad Men characters). i sent her a few reference images and ideas and she knocked together these beautiful pieces in no time. those pictures are all from my old apartment – i kinda miss that tiny place! and it was two years ago, unbelievably.
Lorraine Loots is an artist based in Cape Town who wrapped a highly successful project called 365 Paintings for Ants at the end of 2013. as you can guess from the title, Lorraine painted a tiny painting every day for 365 days and, well, you have hopefully seen that scene which explains the name. she posted a painting every day on Tumblr and Instagram (where you can browse all 365 paintings in the archive). most of the time the subject stemmed from her own imagination, but as it gained momentum people booked dates that were special to them and commissioned paintings, like this portrait of Ron Swanson painted for a couple who got engaged after an episode of Parks and Recreation.
as much as i protest against summer (it’s the heat! the heat) it does make for gorgeous photo opportunities, especially if you live in a very snap-worthy place like Cape Town. i’m quite amazed by what i can capture, just wandering along on a daily walk or whatever, with my iPhone. here’s the evidence of that. you can follow all my snaps over at Instagram.
if you’re a Capetonian (or just a South African girl, really) you’ll be more than familiar with the wonderful Selfi, whose clothing i just a-d-o-r-e. designer Celeste has done it again with her new SS14 range. how sweet is that peplum cut out dress? i also absolutely love the flap strap dress. see more at their website & online shop. the shoes are by Diomande.
i have been so excited to write this post because it has been weeks (months?) in the making. i first met Neira Zahirovic last year through my husband Anton (he works with her significant other Adrian) and she had been developing a range of bags whose journey i had eagerly been following on Instagram.
happy new year! we are still on holiday at the seaside where my family has been spending summers for the past decade. soon we will be road tripping up to the Transkei to spend time with Anton’s family, and we will revisit the spot where we got engaged exactly a year ago. 2013 was such an amazing year for us, so many milestones were met and so many great experiences were thrown our way. we can only hope for a fraction of the same goodness for 2014, so here’s to that! here are some pics of our holiday so far. hope you are having an equally great start to the year.
i received a comment the other day from a fellow south african asking for more local gift ideas, which made me pause and reflect for a second. personally i only buy local products for christmas. i think we have amazing designers & makers and i am lucky enough to live in a city that brings all that to the fore. i usually go do my shopping sometime in the week before the 25th so that i absolutely leave everything to the last minute and stress myself out as much as possible. kidding. i like going out and buying gifts, looking at things myself, discovering new places and new people! around this time of year we have great pop-up shops and markets selling the wares of a multitude of designers. i will always ask if their products are available online, sometimes they are – but a lot of the times they aren’t. that’s the only reason why i don’t make solely south african gift guides.
i don’t know why it has taken my quite so long to dedicate a post to brilliant Cape Town based photographer Nico Krijno, i suppose it’s because his work is so well known here. but if you have not seen his imagery before let me introduce you. more at his website and at his tumblr. the girl in the pics is his lady, Mignonne.