I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all the support for my Coronacommissions Postcard Series that I am busy working on to help raise funds for South Africans in need during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
I have finished my first 10 paintings (shared below) and I have another 5 to go before the first round is complete. Just a reminder that all proceeds have been donated straight to charity, and so far we have raised much needed funds for Ladles of Love, Coronacare and Care for Wild (because Rhinos need our help during this time too).
The paintings have been such fun to do, and I am really enjoying the challenge. And I am totally overwhelmed by the amazing response to them. I am busy confirming another round so please get in touch if you are interested.
You can follow my series on Instagram using the hashtag #coronacommissionspostcardseries or use #coronacommissions see which other artists are doing something similar in their own styles.
I know it has been a while since I last posted but I wanted to share 3 great initiatives I am busy with to see if anyone would like to support any of them.
MASKS for Ladles of Love
I’m sure most of you may know the absolutely incredible and wonderful work that the lovely people from Ladles of Love are doing right here in Cape Town. I myself have been, and currently am, a part of their incredible sandwich making drive (which over the past few weeks have collected over 360 000 sandwiches, 105 000 eggs and are providing 4000 hot meals a day and 10 tonnes of fresh produce and non perishables per week).
Food is something close to my heart. I love to cook, I love to eat and it has really been one of the things that has kept me from spiraling through this crazy coronacoaster. BUT there is guilt. As a lot of us South Africans have – of the disparity between the haves and the have nots. How can I post pics of my roast lamb while others are waiting in a 3km queue just for the basics. While I am not able to go out and save the world, or throw money at the problem, I have scoured every cupboard and every box in my flat for every last possible piece of Handmade By Me fabric which I am donating to raise some funds for Ladles of Love who are just killing it out there!
We have teamed up with our friends at Shweetproducts and Shweetkids who will be making and distributing the masks right here in Vredehoek, Cape Town, and providing some income for a few women in the area who need it.
R10 from every mask purchased will be donated to Ladles of Love, as well as 1 mask for every 10 purchased.
Adults and kids sizes available in 2 different styles, 1 which includes a nose bridge to help stop those glasses from steaming.
You can place your orders directly with Shweet products. Here is a link. They also have an amazing selection of masks in their own shweshwe prints.
PACIFIER CLIPS for empowering Women
A few months ago I was contacted by a young woman looking for off-cuts to re-use or re-purpose into products which would help lessen the impact on the environment, as well as help empower a group of women she was training. All I really had at the time were a bunch of really thin long strips and pieces in strange little shapes which I happily donated. I honestly wasn’t sure they could be used to make anything without patching them altogether, but they showed me : ) And I am so glad they did because look how cute these little pacifier clips are.
CORONACOMMISSIONS for Coronacare, Ladles of Love or the charity of your choice.
I am not sure if you have seen the incredible initiative created by koooooos where artists around the country are taking on various commissions to help support different charities that help the most vulnerable South Africans while we navigate this awful Pandemic. I am a bit nervous about this as I am merely a budding artist, but I am willing to throw my hat into the ring and do a series of little A5 (21×14.8cm) paintings if anyone is interested.
The way that is works is that you contact me with your image of choice just to confirm your interest. You donate R600 to either Coronacare or Ladles of Love (or to a charity close to your heart), send me proof of payment of your donation, and voila. I will be sending out all paintings after the lockdown. Please note that delivery will be charged separately.
I’m calling this my coronacommission postcard series (because of the size) so I’d like to encourage people to commission one for a friend or family member far away. I’ll be arranging shipping after the lockdown and I can send anywhere in the world.
I would love to encourage you to send me your favourite landscape, seascape, mountain or sky, your favourite view, or a special holiday place, or your favourite flowers or tree (you know I love a floral). My painting style is quite loose and painting with a palette knife on such a small canvas is a bit like painting with your elbow so please no people, pets or tiny detail.
This is all for a good cause and I would like to have fun so what you imagine you’re going to get and what you actually get might be quite different. I want to keep these abstract and playful so I hope you will indulge me : )
This was the first one I did, of our much missed Lion’s Head mountain, commissioned by my sister Kate Bosman for Coronacare. I will be posting the coronacommissions on Instagram so you can follow me there to see how they turn out.
Otherwise I hope you are all staying safe and keeping sane out there. I will leave you with my new mantra, an image I found online that really resonates with me at the moment, although I have no idea who to credit for this, so I do apologise.
Happy new year and a warm welcome back to you all! Here’s hoping your 2020 is already off to a great start.
As most of you know, last year was a big change for me, trying to make my business more about design rather than production, and even though the lines are still often blurred, I feel like we are heading in the right direction.
This year I would like to try and take on some more exciting design jobs, so if you know of anyone looking, please send them my way, or send on their details. Here is a link to my online design portfolio. First prize would really be to partner up with a client or small business who needs regular ongoing work 2-3 days a week, basically something to pay the bills so I can continue with my other creative work in the meantime. But this might be hard to find, so I am just putting it out there to see.
Here are some of my favourite design projects and highlights from 2019. Please click on the main images and links to find out more about any of them if you are interested.
The brief was to create a unique Cape Dutch style plate illustration inspired by the landscape and traditions of Vergenoegd Wine Farm. The illustration incorporates the original Vergenoegd Cape Dutch homestead and it’s infamous Indian Runner Ducks who help keep the farm pesticide and pest free, which is also represented by the snail who indicates a healthy farm, the grape vines of course which are used to make their famous wines, the local Robin Chat who represents a fertile farm, and all the beautiful indigenous and local blooms found in and around the farm such as the Protea, Bladder Hibiscus, Arum Lily, Aandblom, Moraea, Angustifolia, Marguerite, Oxalis, Peacock flower, Sour Fig, Romulea Hirsuta amongst others…
For the designs, we shot the ceramic patterns which had been carved into the clay so you can see the handmade marks and natural texture of the carving on the fired clay, and turned them into repeat patterns to be printed and used on the various products.
I created some placemats for Spier Wine Farm in Cape Town, South Africa, for their farm-to-table restaurant called EIGHT. They are well known for their ethical farm-sourced produce, and for their chickens!
I made some placemats to go with an overseas customer’s collection of Minton’s Cockatrice plates.
I designed a foliage inspired pattern for some fabric for a customer who wanted to make her own dress for a special event.
The first brief was to create an “indian block print” looking design which had to incorporate something floral (ideally local) and a bee. I used a South African flower called a Wurmbea Elatior, also known as a salt & pepper flower, and created this repeat pattern below.
I was then asked to create another pattern to compliment, but also offset the first design. This time the brief was to include beehives and/or beehomes as well as the same bee.
We have a new design, and it’s guaranteed to brighten up your day and your home!
Introducing Fynbos Flower Fields – a monochromatic photographic collage of a collection of some of the most beautiful and interesting fynbos flowers found in and around the mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Where I live in Cape Town, I am incredibly lucky to have Table Mountain sitting literally outside my back door, and I am always inspired by all the beautiful colourful flowers that I see at different times of the year on my many walks around the area. Unfortunately a lot of these flowers are too thick to collect and press, so I have created my own “digital” version of a pressed flower artwork using a collection of photographs which I have taken on my various walks.
Fynbos is famous not only for its diversity and unusual composition of its plant species but also for the sheer beauty of many of its wildflowers. Long recognised as the smallest of the six floral kingdoms of the world, this region is now more properly known as the Cape Floristic Region and is home to one of the world’s richest floras. Two thirds of these species of flowering plants are found nowhere else on Earth.
For the full Fynbos Flower Fields collection, I have a limited edition signed art print of the flower collage, which has been designed exclusively for Design Store. I have turned the collage into a repeat pattern, which has been used on a small range of homeware products that will be available from selected stockists, or from me on a wholesale basis. Wallpaper and fabric on request can be ordered through me directly.
The design is available in 3 different colour ways – green, pink and cream.
The homeware range includes trays in various sizes, placemat/trivet/pot stands in two sizes, coasters and greeting cards. Fabric products and wallpaper are available on request.
If you are interested in stocking any of our new products, or you would like to order wallpaper or fabric, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a design for fabric which I created last year for a local fashion designer from Lesotho, who was planning to represent Lesotho in a few international fashion shows later in the year. I recently unfortunately found out that they are no longer going ahead with the shows, but I wanted to share this design with you anyway because I really had such fun working on it.
The design was meant to represent the landscape of the country of Lesotho, and was mostly inspired by the rolling hills and the well known Maletsunya Falls. I also included all kinds of local fauna and flora including Lammergeier birds, Impala lilies, Peach trees and lots of different types of Aloes, as well as some of the other things you might find in the area such as little villages and lots of cows. Isn’t Lesotho just such a beautiful little part of the world?
The idea was that the design would be printed at a massive scale so it would become slightly abstract when used on smaller areas of some of the garments.
I hope to be able to share some more projects and design commissions that I have been working on recently soon, so watch this space for updates.
Hooray, summer is finally on its way, and so I thought it might be time for a little Handmade By Me update.
I can’t believe it has been so long since our last post, but while it may look like things have been very quiet on the outside, there has actually been a whole lot going on on the inside. But with that being said, there is one small issue and that is that the only problem with creating products for others and not for yourself, is that you don’t get to choose when the projects get launched, or even if they get launched, or when you can show some sneak peeks of what you are working on. So while we have been working on some seriously exciting projects behind the scenes, we have absolutely nothing that we can show you just yet!
What I can tell you, is that I have been working on some some exciting fashion brands creating and developing new designs for fabric, and then also helping others with developing existing designs into patterns and getting them ready to print. And we are also working on a few more custom designs and products for some lovely local restaurants, retailers and interior designers.
On a completely different note, I have also been really busy frantically working on a little collaboration I am doing with Anthony Shapiro, master of clay and wheel thrower extraordinaire : ) for Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, an amazing design show which is on in Joburg this weekend. I am not sure if you are familiar with my pottery work, you may have seen some pics on my instagram feed, but Anthony has given me some of his bowls and vases that I have decorated using my favourite technique called Sgraffito, a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting colour. Those who know me well will know to expect to see lots of foliage and lots of florals.
If you live in Joburg and have not been to this show do yourself a favour and go check it out, it is really one of my favourite shows with all the best of the best of South African and African design! We were lucky enough to be a part of it a couple of years ago and we loved every minute.
The show is on from 12-14 October on the rooftop of Hyde Park Shopping Centre. Look out out for COLLECT by Anthony Shapiro in the Homeware Pavilion, and click here for more info about the show.
Then just a little side note that our online shop is still open for any fabric and wallpaper orders. I am so happy to see this part of our business is still doing so well.
And for any of our lovely stockists out there, just a small reminder that Christmas is around the corner (like I really need to remind you; )) so you might want to get those wholesale orders in as soon as possible.
I am happy to say that we still have a lovely bunch of retailers still carrying our products so if you are after some of our goodies please check out our list of stockists.
Hope to see you back here with some pics of what’s been going on, but until then, wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.
It has been a little while since we made the decision to close our doors and make some changes to our little business, and I thought maybe it was time for an update, as you may be wondering what we have been up to lately, or possibly where we are going.
Life sometimes has a way of deciding things for you even though you think you know better, and as much as we have spent most of our time wrapping up handmade by me and selling off all our last stock, as well as enjoying a small break, the demand for our products is still going strong. And so, with that in mind, we have decided to keep our wholesale orders open for a little while longer. Our online shop will continue to sell our fabrics and wallpapers, but anyone looking for any other products will need to purchase directly from our list of stockists.
We have also been very fortunate to have had some exciting bespoke design projects on the go. Amongst others, we made slippers for Ellerman House and introduced tote bags to the range of products we previously created for Klein Constantia, and we have a number of other exciting opportunities still in progress or in the pipeline. This for me has been very serendipitous, as well as creatively rewarding, and I am very excited to see where it goes.
If you’re still not sure what the hell we’re doing, or maybe you’re wondering how we can work together, these are our core services on offer below.
Handmade By Me has extensive experience in designing and developing prints and patterns that can be applied to any surface including apparel, home furnishing, wall decor, gift items, accessories and paper goods.
We also offer a full graphic design service from logos and branding to newsletters and web banners.
If you are looking for any graphic or pattern/graphic design assistance, or possibly a design collaboration (which we LOVE), please email us for more info and rates.
Design & Product Service
We offer a custom design and print service on all our available fabrics and wallpapers. Whether you have a design in mind, or if you need design assistance, we can have the products printed for you.
We also assist other businesses with designing, creating and producing bespoke ranges of high quality locally-made products that are unique to them. Some of our clients include The Trading Store at Spice Route, Klein Constantia, Ellerman House and Singita Game Reserve.
If you are a hotel or shop looking to have some bespoke products made specially for you please email us for more info.
Here are some custom projects we have worked on previously.
If you are interested in stocking some of our products, please email us for a catalogue and wholesale price list. Please note minimums do apply and we do not offer products on consignment.
Our fabric and wallpaper are still readily available to order online. And we still have a few more items left on sale if anyone is looking for any last-minute bargains.
And if you are a customer looking to purchase any of our products specifically, we would be happy to point you in the direction of your nearest stockist.