Introducing our new Feisty Floral Watercolour range…

If you follow us on facebooktwitter and/or instagram, you may have noticed a few photos of a new design popping up lately. I am VERY excited about the launch of our new Feisty Floral Watercolour design, available in two different colourways and in a whole array of different products. And at the same time, we are also introducing new cushion sizes and shapes in this design, as well as across all our other new range designs. We can now offer you cushion covers to fit a 40cm x 40cm, 50cm x 50cm, 60cm x 60cm and a rectangular shaped 40cm x 60cm cushion inner.

The Feisty Floral Watercolour design is particularly special to me as I had originally hand painted it and then printed it onto fabric using a silk textile screen a few years ago. I had actually hand painted and printed several versions of it onto various bits of fabric, which I was always going to one day make into pillow cases, tea towels and possibly napkins for myself. I had actually forgotten about the fabric sitting in one of my storage boxes from my Dublin days, and when I did a little clear out and found it, I decided I HAD to add it to my collection. I wanted to keep the hand-painted effect, but without actually having to hand paint it onto many many metres of fabric myself, so I decided to scan in the printed fabric at a very high resolution and then print it digitally back onto a base fabric. As you can see it has kept the grainy watercoloury texture beautifully, and with the help of photoshop I was able to create and offer an alternative colourway.

The beautiful thing about his fabric is that each item is cut from the fabric as we need, so every product will have a unique crop of the design on it, and no two pieces will be alike.

Introducing my new Feisty Floral Watercolour design, available on blue and on green.feisty floral poster 1 feisty floral poster 2

The funny thing is that when I showed the prints to my friend Alex from Windowsill, she immediately referenced the Bromeliad – a beautiful flower, which weirdly enough is the same species as the pineapple, and which I had no idea came in so many colour variations. So I looked them up and have a look at these…

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It’s like I referenced them without even knowing they existed!! I am definitely going to have to get me some of these for my home now!

All the above products have been printed and handmade locally here in South Africa. For more information on each of the products you can visit the Handmade By Me online shop. And for a sneak preview of the products themselves head over to SAM (South African Market) where we have our first batch on display.

If you are a shop or stockist, we have a new catalogue out for 2015, please get in touch if you would like us to send you a copy.

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

 

Now available at the Watershed…

I wrote this post over a month or so ago, but unfortunately due to a rogue faulty fire extinguisher that went off one night, I had to hold off posting it while they sorted out the problem, which turned into a disaster. However, I am delighted to let you know that this lovely shop is finally back in action, and ready for the onslaught of Christmas shopping and summer loving in Cape Town.

Quirky Me and Flick Inc have teamed up to create this beautiful little shop under the stairs at the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront. Most of you probably already know about the Watershed, but if not, basically it was originally the Blue Shed next to the Aquarium, which has since been knocked down and beautifully put back together to house and support local designers and products from around South Africa by creating a “market-like” environment. Handmade By Me was going to have their own space there, but instead we are so happy and so lucky that we can supply our lovely things to Quirky Me and Flick Inc instead.

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Quirky Me and Flick Inc may share a space, but they bring their own set of products to the store. I am really lucky as I am supplying my more monochromatic products to Flick Inc and my more colourful to Quirky Me, so you can in fact find a whole bunch of our stuff there…along with a selection of beautiful and quirky things from other various designers.

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Most of you will know Quirky Me from the Old Biscuit Mill. It is the second shop on your left as you come in and walk toward the courtyard, and is literally filled with all things quirky. Ingrid Corbett who owns the shop also has a product offering of her own (check out their cool place mats). Now they have opened up at the watershed and you can now find our lovely things at both of their stores.

“At Quirky Me my goal is to bring you beautiful and fun decor items that will help you shape your home into a space that reflects a little bit of your own off-beat personality. I conceptualise a large part of the products myself, and put them into production here in South Africa with the help of incredibly talented local designers and craftspeople. I also take huge pleasure in sourcing quirky products that catch my eye from local creatives and artisans, as well as working with these talents to create products and ranges that are specific to my store.”

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Flick Inc is now the combined name for Flick Glass and My China Ceramics, both of which are very well known and established brands started and run by Frances Kierman. When I first arrived back in Cape Town in 2012 and was just starting out with Handmade By Me, you might remember that I shared a space at the Hout Bay Market with Frances and 2 other lovely ladies. If you ever came to visit me there, you may remember the gorgeous ceramics we had available to buy, as well as the pretty shiny earrings that always sold so well – well thats essentially Flick inc. And now after a few years break we get to display our products together again.

“Flick Glass is a quality glass studio known for its innovative and beautiful jewellery. We aspire to creating works of art that are individually hand crafted and unique.”

Enjoying the success of Flick Glass, Frances was inspired to do a new project and after much trial and error launched MY CHINA Ceramics at the Design Indaba in February 2008. South Africa’s beautiful and interesting fynbos flowers are Frances’ inspiration. She is in love with South African bird images and other wild and interesting creatures. Her drawings are made into transfers and she fires them into her stoneware ceramics. As the years have gone by the My China range keeps growing and developing, incorporating new ceramic shapes and new drawings. She is also greatly inspired by her Mom, Wynsome and brother, Gene who are amazing artists and always willing to lend a hand.”

The Watershed is located on Dock Road, next to the Two Oceans Aquarium and is open daily from 10h00 – 19h00.

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

Please take note of our Christmas order deadlines for the Handmade By Me online shop.

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Introducing…The Gallery in Riebeek Kasteel

I am delighted to introduce to you a brand new stockist, and gorgeous little gallery, situated in the heart of Riebeek Kasteel, aptly called The Gallery.

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The Gallery is situated in the historically picturesque village of Riebeek Kasteel, located just 50 minutes from Cape Town off the N7. Curated by Astrid McLeod, The Gallery features a carefully selective mix of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by established and emerging artists. It represents a variety of local art from the Riebeek Valley and the Swartland, including artists Andre van Vuuren, Solly Smook and Clare Menck to name but a few.”

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They also have an exciting new fundraiser going on at the moment, where artist Solly Smook has teamed up with Pink Lady to raise money for their fund…

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For more information on this, or to help them raise some funds, please visit this link.

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

 

Now available from…Chandler House… and Kamers

We are off to Kamers at the castle this week along with our favourite (art, ceramics, textiles, furniture, antiques) design studio and shop Chandler House : )

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For those of you who don’t already know, Kamers is a design, food, wine and live music pop-up retail event, essentially a big fancy market, which is usually hosted once a year in different parts of the country. But this year in conjunction with the CCDI and World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, they will be hosting their first pop-up at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. What a sensational and seemingly appropriate venue!!! I can’t wait to see whats going on down there this weekend. You can find us and all sorts of Handmade By me products at the Chandler House space, which I am sure will be pretty spectacular! Pop in and say hi when are there!

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Chandler House will not only be stocking Handmade By Me at Kamers, but you will also find some of our lovely things available to buy from their design studio and shop on 53 Church Street, Cape Town. Now seriously, if you haven’t had a chance to pop in and see Michael Chandler’s treasure trove of a space, Chandler House, already, you are indeed missing out! Amongst his own seriously beautiful works of art, my favourites being the Phrenology vases and VOC plates, which we also bought and used for our wedding (and now home), there are all kinds of other very talented designers and artists (mostly ceramicists) who’s beautiful works of art can be found displayed together alongside all kinds of bits and bobs that Michael has collected over the years including old paintings, furniture and antiques. The shop is filled with all kinds of nods towards Cape Heritage, and you will find it VERY hard to pop in, look around and leave empty handed!

Now just before you race down to Church street to take in this awesome hidden gem of a sight, Chandler House will be closed from the 3rd to the 10th of June as they move a few rooms around and give the shop a little bit of a revival. We will all be looking forward to the unveiling in July when they will also be hosting their first exhibition in the shop…very exciting!!!

You can find them at www.chandlerhouse.co.za and follow them on twitter: @MrChandlerHouse and facebook: www.facebook.com/chandlerhouse

And here are some lovely photos of the shop which I stole from their facebook page : )

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Now available from…Africa Nova

Africa Nova is a beautifully curated traditional African artefacts and contemporary design shop situated in the heart of De Waterkant in Cape Town. It’s hard to walk past the exquisite display of beautifully crafted goods in the windows and not want to go in and buy everything immediately!! From ceramics to jewellery to art to textiles to all kinds of skillful crafts, do yourself a favour and make sure you pop in here next time you are in the area.

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“Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s historic De Waterkant district Africa Nova is a dynamic, up-market shop highly regarded for its unique blend of art, craft and contemporary design. Perhaps best described as “New African”, the house style is urban, edgy and vibrant with echoes of the traditional forms of old Africa.

The cornerstone of Africa Nova’s trading ethos is the support and nurturing of local artists, craftspeople and designers. The store’s wonderful displays showcase some of the best of Africa’s artistic talents.”

You can find Africa Nova at:

Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant St, Greenpoint, Cape Town.
Their website is www.africanova.co.za and you can follow them here on facebook.

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you and me and thursdays…

I am sure most of you know about First Thursdays Cape Town, but do you know about Third Thursdays Cape Town? Third Thursdays is the East city edition of First Thursdays, where you can explore Cape Town’s East city after hours for an evening of art, culture and great food.  Art galleries and stores stay open until until 9pm. One of the places you really shouldn’t miss is ANOUK Furniture and Decor situated below the Perspectives building in Roeland Street. ANOUK offers an eclectic mix of affordable furniture and décor – old and new – catering for those in need of both basic and indulgent pieces. I was in there yesterday and there are some really beautiful pieces of antique furniture available selling at really good prices. Not only do they make a bit of a fuss for Third Thursdays by having various designers showcasing their products in the shop, but they have wine…and fun…and from this Third Thursdays onwards they will also be stocking our decorative placemats. I have attached a copy of the map for this Third Thursdays 22 May. ANOUK is no 12.

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And while I’m going on about our lovely decorative placemats, this week’s YOU magazine is also giving them some love in their “We Love” feature as part of their Lifestyle section.

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Now available from…KIN

Firstly I would just like to thank everyone who entered the SA Decor & Design and Handmade By Me Mother’s Day giveaway!!! The competition was such a success, and Amina Alberts was the lucky winner of a set of 4 reusable placemats in the design of her choice : ) Congratulations Amina we hope you enjoy your prize!

And then I would like to introduce to you one of Handmade By Me’s latest stockist’s, KIN. Most of you may remember them as the Fringe Arts, one of the original shops to stock only local and handmade products in Cape Town, but they have since changed their name to KIN. For those of you who don’t know them already, they offer a wide range of beautiful South African designed and produced jewellery, bags, decor, ceramics, prints, books, toys, cards etc and are one of the best places around to spend a bit of time looking for that perfect gift. They also have an online shop : )

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KIN showcases a quirky and colourful offering of designer jewellery, décor, ceramics, art-prints and stationery. Passionately advocating keeping craftsmanship in South Africa, the collection focuses exclusively on local art and design – highlighting the country’s unique creative edge. Every piece is conceptualised and made in SA, with the aim of utilising and supporting local industries as well as contributing to a sustainable creative market.

Launching at the Spier Contemporary Exhibition at the Cape Town City Hall in 2010, KIN began as series of pop-up shops which aimed to create a bridge between South African design and art, and those who have fallen in love with it. The attention of both customers and potential designers was caught, and KIN’s carefully-curated offering has grown to include two physical stores  (one in bustling Kloof Street and one at the V&A Waterfront) as well as an online store. The stores offer a feast of contemporary design, and are supported and celebrated by locals and internationals alike (KIN was recently featured in The Lonely Planet’s Top Choice in Shopping in Cape Town).

What KIN offers goes beyond the material in connecting local artists to a public which is growing more conscious of the importance of where something comes from and why it was made.

You can follow them on twitter @kinshopsa and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kinshopct 

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