the new SS15 collection from Johannesburg based milliners Simon and Mary has made me realise that i really need a yellow hat for summer. and a blue one. maybe even a green one if i’m feeling fancy. i love seeing their classic styles in such rad colours.
i’m in Joburg at the moment on a spontaneous week long trip, and yesterday we visited the Johannesburg Art Gallery. it was quite an eye opening experience for me. JAG is situated in Joubert Park, right in the thick of inner city Joburg. which, to the uninitiated, is quite an intense part of town. it houses one of the largest collections of art in Africa, but only displays 10% of the work at any one time.
i was lucky enough to spend an evening at India House (so named for the bright blue old wooden door brought from Gujarat, India), a self-catering cottage in the Bastiaanskloof at the bottom of the Bainskloof Pass, less than 2 hours from Cape Town. the setting is so amazing that the beautiful decor and luxury finishes of the house itself are kind of just a bonus. not that anyone would complain about that swimming pool or lounging around on huge comfortable couches all day long. just beware of the baboons.
you can see more pics of the house and its lovely interior here. all photos by me.
L’MAD Collection is a local fashion brand who creates limited edition collections with south african artists & designers. they have worked with people like Nico Krijno, Daniella Mooney and Michael Taylor amongst other, and their latest colab is with Ben Johnson, a talented graphic designer & creative who, funnily enough, used to work in my office space before we moved in here!
today i was preparing to do a follow up to my Bygone Cape Town post from a few years back (be sure to check it out) when i went down a rabbit hole and discovered, to my delight, the archives of Bobby Graham whose father took photos of ordinary people in Cape Town from 1959 to 1963. by the end of it i had the biggest grin on my face, he really had a gift for capturing the natural sense of a person. thanks to his daughter for uploading & sharing.
i have been walking a lot in the mountains that surround my parents’ home in the past while. my family all live in stellenbosch and between them they have 4 dogs who need a lot of walking. two are hunting breeds, and so they need double the amount of exercise. since i don’t have dogs of my own and i don’t really get the chance to walk in the mountains in Cape Town… this is what i love doing when i visit.
yesterday i raced to get all my work done and left Cape Town in the afternoon, grinning from ear to ear. i was on my way to Pringle Bay, a seaside town about an hour from the city where my friends and i have been spending holidays together since we were little kids.
Anna Raimondo of Smith Jewellery actually studied at university at the same time as me, and consequently we’d often pass each other in the hallways since the graphic and jewellery design students all worked in the same building. i always envied the jewellery designers, who were basically making art out of jewellery. what could be better. it’s been ten years since we were students, and i see Anna’s work popping up in magazines and at design fairs all over the country. she makes some beautiful pieces, and i especially loved seeing her new collection at this year’s Design Indaba.
i love these oil paintings by local artist Alexia Vogel.
Alexia Vogel is a recent Michaelis School of Fine Art graduate. She considers all of her paintings landscapes, even the most abstract ones. She works from old family photographs of landscapes which she feels are imbued with a romantic sentimentality. Her work is very personal, as she considers it the affect of these images, or the memory of them. – via 10and5
Skinny laMinx (aka Heather Moore) was probably the first south african whose work i saw on international design blogs back in the day. which makes me immensely proud, especially because she is such a lovely and hardworking person. if you follow her on Instagram you will see how she notices design in every day life, and this kind of constant exploration is what makes a creative person’s work great. her new collection Paradise is Here launched last night, and it was this exact exploration of the world around her that influenced the designs.
while i was enjoying the new Pichulik website yesterday i particularly loved their Brave Women series – intimate portraits of the women who wear Pichulik pieces. the first feature is on Lucie de Moyencourt who works as an architect, set designer, illustrator and painter.
lucie de moyencourt was born in 1983 in paris, she grew up in south africa, where she works as an architect, set designer, illustrator and painter. with no formal art training, painting and drawing is something lucie has always done for herself. by observing her subjects very closely, she allows the brush to move around the canvas without giving it much thought, trusting that her hand will do something intuitive to what she is seeing. lucie aims to complete a painting in one sitting, and enjoys working into wet paint with thicker layers of colour. “i paint because i am addicted to the ‘surprise’ that the painted canvas gives me when i step back from the easel”.
ooh another of my favourite jewellery designers has just launched their new AW14 collection, and this time it’s local designer Pichulik. i have long been a cheerleader of Kat’s work (since her debut 2 years ago) and love seeing the label go from strength to strength. sporting a fancy new website, it looks like there is an online shop in the works too. in the meantime, you can get your hands on her pieces at plenty of shops locally.
This collection is inspired by the photography of Helmut Newton and his intimate portraits of powerful women in their own personal spaces. Jewellery is worn close to a woman’s skin, brushes her neck, clasps her earlobe. AW 2014 invites our brave lady on some close up encounters. With jewel tones and wooden parts, suede and agate stones and tassels, this collection skirts the glamour of 70s disco, and the soul of psychedelia. Kick those platforms off and dance on those carpeted floors and wooden-clad lounges till the dawn meets your cat-lined eyes.