Hello! (said in Adele voice) i haven’t done a giveaway in such a long time, so i am very excited for this one – not least because Jane Sews is one of our proudest South African exports. i have seen Amy Venter grow her label from a young fashion range to an online powerhouse that’s up there with the best you’ll see internationally.
so, this week did not go as planned. went to the office on Monday, worked, came home… and then, started feeling a bit weird. four days later and i could finally get out of bed this morning, after enduring the stomach flu of death. i feel like maybe everything is heightened when you’re pregnant? i’m just thankful to have crested the worst of it, but unfortunately that means this week was without posts (i could not even browse the internet, that’s how bad it was guys)
Matty Roodt is an artist from Cape Town whose first solo exhibition Loop is currently showing at SMITH. i paid it a visit yesterday, and walked away wanting to buy sculpture for the first time in my life. the pieces are feminine and organic, but the story behind them is even more fascinating. okay, try to stay with me…
i was lucky to discover Elize Strydom just as she was about to embark on the South African chapter of her ongoing photography project Small Town Girl – thanks to Jessica for tagging me in her first post. Elize is Australian, but has roots in SA (as you can probably tell by her name 😉) so i was really interested to see the stories that would unfold.
we have been toying with the idea of possibly renting our place on Airbnb over the summer holidays, as we’ll be out of town for 2 weeks. so i’ve been cruising around checking out other listings to see what people are offering in this beautiful town of ours, and damn if there isn’t a veritable smorgasbord of amazing places to stay!
Jeanne Gaigher is an exciting young artist from Cape Town whose debut solo show Club is opening at SMITH gallery this week. i first saw her work at a group exhibition earlier this year, and Anton and i immediately bought a piece: this painting that you can see in our study – our first grown up art purchase.
there’s a Mungo and Jemima store just around the corner from my office in Cape Town’s city centre, and so i usually find myself popping in there in-between errands and lunch runs. the last few times i have agonised over this coat by Coppelia (which will make you channel Olivia Pope). i always try it on and then sadly put back on the rack because, let’s face it, i have too many coats. so it was nice to meet the woman behind this inspiring local brand, as well as the lovely women who work with her in the Coppelia studio in the east side of Cape Town.
this is the third instalment of VISITS, a series in collaboration with Monya Eastman.
walking into Peter Eastman‘s studio on the east side of the city made me realise how many little gems must be hidden all over Cape Town. Peter is actually Monya’s brother-in-law, which made this VISIT a relaxed affair. he showed us the new pieces he was working on for his upcoming exhibition at Smac, and all around the studio were trinkets from by his daughter Jemima – a drawing of a lion, a statue of a cat, rocks collected from the Karoo…
Jeff & Kerryn are a South African couple who love travelling, and document said travels on their blog Pass The Map. this adventurous duo has various instagram accounts: @passthemap, @andythelandy (all about their Land Rover Defender, Andy), Jeff’s account @j__ballesteros and Kerryn’s account @kerring_lee.