Bespoke product design for The Trading Company at Spice Route

Here at Handmade By Me, when we are not making lots of our own designs and products, we work with others to help them create their own, or we can also create them for them. One of our most exciting projects that we have worked on recently, was to create a bespoke suite of decor products to sell exclusively at the brand new Trading Company shop at Spice Route wine farm.

I was really lucky to work with some wonderful and really creative people on this, which made the project not only interesting for me, but lots of fun! With the original spice trade and travel routes in mind, we worked with 3 different design themes where we created a range of products (cushion covers, tea towels and placemats) within each theme. The different themes we explored for The Trading Company were botanicals, particularly botanicals of the spices which were produced/used during the spice trade such as cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric . The second theme was exotic lands, places in Africa and Asia which were actively involved in the spice trade. And the third theme was old-world hand painted tiles, mostly because we just love the look of them, and they tie in beautifully with the shop aesthetic, but they also compliment some of the beautiful hand painted tiles which you can find in and around the shop and farm.

Unfortunately we didn’t have any time between the order being ready, and the shop opening, so we didn’t get a chance to shoot the individual products themselves. But I have put together some digital images of the products within their themes, and below you will find some photos of them and the shop.

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THE TRADING COMPANY_FINAL_2014For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit Spice Route, here is a little more information about it and the shop The Trading Company (isn’t their logo just the prettiest?).
“The Spice Route experience is a completely unique concept for the wine and hospitality industry. A carefully curated selection of artisans showcase their produce and share their knowledge with both the public and each other. The collaborative environment allows for endless discoveries and a truly delectable journey.“The vision for Spice Route is to offer local and international tourists a selection of hand-picked artisanal producers who put as much thought, skill and passion into their products as Spice Route Winemaker, Charl du Plessis, puts into his wines,” says Spice Route Wines Owner, Charles Back.The latest addition to the Spice Route family of ‘craft’ is The Trading Company – a quirky store that’s decor is an eclectic mix of old and new. The store fits in perfectly with the Spice Route philosophy and is making authentic, and hand crafted products even more accessible to the public.The array of carefully selected bespoke home ware, exotic furniture, premium baby products, one of a kind jewelry, and notebooks, sold at the store, are a true celebration of local design. The store will primarily stock authentically handmade, limited edition pieces crafted by our very own local artists, and the small amount of Turkish and Indian products is a ‘must have’ treasure for the adventurous soul. Most of the products are made from natural and raw materials. All décor used in the store is also handmade locally, or up-cycled by local artists.”

You can find them and more information about them at their website www.spiceroute.co.za 

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now available from…Quirky Country Gallery (Greyton)

I happened to be in the beautiful town of Greyton last weekend (wow I had forgotten just how much I absolutely love that place), and popped in to see one of my latest stockists Quirky Country who have literally just opened! I had no idea what to expect, and to my wonderful surprise, I just fell in love with this beautiful little modern art gallery nestled in the heart of the town. The artwork on display is an affordable treat to the senses, with some seriously desirable illustrations and paintings, some interesting multi-medium artworks, and even a few creatively interactive pieces, all made by local(ish) artists from all around the Cape, including Greyton. There was so much I wanted to get my hands on right then and there, but my husband and I finally settled on a great little print by David Kuijers, a local artist in Greyton. When in Rome I guess… : ) Anyways read on further for a little more information about the gallery itself…and checkout their facebook page for everything else, including more photos of the beautiful products you can expect to find there.

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This is what Renzske Scholtz, one of the owners of the gallery had to say about her dream becoming a reality: “We moved to Greyton 2 years ago in order to give our 5 year old twin boys a better, healthier outdoorsy life style. I was working at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch and had just finished my masters degree at UCT in Fine Art. My dream has always been to curate and direct my own little gallery, showcasing interesting ‘affordable’ art as well as stocking beautiful handmade products, so it was just a matter of waiting for the right space. I Love all things Quirky! About a month ago I found it and Quirky Country Gallery was born. Our opening exhibition showcases a mix of Greyton, Overberg and Cape Town artists including David Kuijers, Caroline Gibello, Alastair Barnes, Nicolene Swanepoel, Richard Smith and Carl Becker. Then we stock selected handmade products like Handmade By Me, Keiskamma embroidered botanical bags and cushion covers, Inge Marais Jewellery and a few other things.”

You can find them at 49 Ds Botha street, Greyton.

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Handmade by me at the launch of Utique

Utique is the latest local design online shop to pop up in South Africa. It was literally launched last night and handmade by me was invited to display some work and celebrate in the beginning of something very exciting!

“Utique is all about showcasing the very best of South African creative talent by carefully selecting products from local designers, artists and small businesses.

We are passionate about finding and sharing those special pieces that customers assume are imported one-offs, never to be found again, but are actually produced in a tiny studio up the road.   We’ve made it our mission to seek out these hidden gems of design talent and bring them together in a curated space that is beautiful, inspiring, and simple to shop

All our suppliers are carefully chosen for their creativity, innovative style and quality, ensuring that we only promote the very best local talent.  From jewellery and ceramics to furniture and art, Utique is the place to indulge your sense for inspiring local designs”

Have a look yourselves, there are some amazing pieces to be found! And there are also some lovely mixed collections to browse if you are looking for gift ideas or you just want to have a snoop. I want one of those sootcookie ceramics real bad!!!

Here’s a link to their site…

And here’s handmade by me’s space at the launch! Note my lovely bunting which has been keeping me very busy these last few nights! What a fantastic way to use up all the scraps! After the lovely reaction to it last night I think I might add it to my product list : )

handmade by me at an exhibition near you…

I am delighted to let you all know that handmade by me will be exhibiting at the little green street gallery in conjunction with offset 2012!

“It began with a call for submissions from artists of all walks of life and varying practices. After an over whelming response we have selected over 40 artists from Ireland and abroad. They will be show casing their works ranging from print, sculpture, textile, jewellery, photography, collage, painting and mixed media collaborations all with their own approaches to contemporary art.

Possibly one of the most exciting exhibitions Little Green Street Gallery will host this year, we welcome you all to come and see some of the most inspiring and innovative artists Ireland has to offer.”

The show will run from 10th March until the 16th of March.
The address is 12a Little Britain Street Dublin 7 (in the old fruit and veg markets).

Hope you can make it!

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