It’s almost holiday time!

Just a quick little hello to wish you all a happy Christmas (if you celebrate) and all the very best for the festive season ahead…and most importantly a happy, HEALTHY and stress-free 2021. Its been the craziest year, and Covid is really picking up around here again, so instead of trying to squeeze this insane year into one final newsletter, I am going to wait until I finally have some time in the new year to thoughtfully go through all our favourite projects (at least the ones that didn’t get cancelled) which I will share with you here.

As the year draws to a close, so will my little #coronacommissions series – I have 3 more to do and then I’ll have done 30 paintings for charity this year 🎉👊 It’s been a wild ride so thank you to everyone for all your wonderful support. Here are the next 6 paintings in the series.

You can view the full Coronacommission postcard series here, or on Instagram.

And because we all need a bit of cheering up this time of year, I am going to leave you with some photos of #mypinkseries which was an exploration into the delicious and varying textures of oil paint.

Some of these are available to purchase, or get in touch if you are interested in a commission 🤗

Happy holidays and stay safe out there!!

Sera

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Second round…

My second round of Coronacommissions is currently underway and I thought I would share the first 5 paintings. You might recognise some of these beautiful places. Thanks so much to everyone for their support! 

You can follow my series on Instagram using the hashtag #coronacommissionspostcardseries or use #coronacommissions to see which other artists are doing something similar in their own styles.

Coronacommissions is an 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. So far we have raised much needed funds for Ladles of LoveCoronacare and Care for Wild (because Rhinos need our help during this time too).

Hope you have a great week!

Sera

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
instagram: @seraholland
design portfolio: sera holland (behance)

My first 10 Coronacommissions

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.

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Sera

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
instagram: @seraholland
design portfolio: sera holland (behance)

A colourful commission for Cillian Johnston…

Last year I was approached by an Irish furniture and design company called Cillian Johnston who were looking for someone to help them design and create a unique print for fabric, that they could then make into cushions and lampshades. The brief was to come up with a graphic representation, but not a directly literal representation, of a lamp that was awarded best new product in the category “Table Top and Interiors” at Ireland’s premier design and craft expo, Showcase Ireland, 2012, The Aran Beag rectangle lamp. It has two Aran knitted panels with a distinct cable pattern on the front and back of the base, as you can see below, and that was going to be the inspiration behind my design.

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They wanted me to try and use the aran knit style and the purply colours like the first lamp above, but weren’t neccessarily tied to it. And so I did some research on different aran knit styles and the one that grabbed me the most was the honeycomb style, featured in the centre of the jersey below.

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I took 2 different ideas, one of making the basic repeat pattern very graphic and bold following the honeycomb aran knit style (kind of), and the other of highlighting the smaller finer detail of the actual knitting stitches themselves. I wanted to try and show the changing colours and textures of different angles of the stitches graphically, and did so using lots and lots of different purply and bluey photographic textures…

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Below is a closeup of the pattern…the difference in scales of the pattern, up close and at a distance, allows the pattern to be used to create two completely different styles that can work together as a team or completely on their own.

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Here are some of the pictures they took to show me their finished products. Note the beautiful hexagonal shaped wooden buttons which highlight and work so well with the honeycomb pattern. We decided to use use the bigger scale on the front of the cushion, and the smaller on the back so you could switch them around or feature them side by side.

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You can buy these lovely items from their online shop.

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“Award winning master craftsman Cillían Johnston spent many years in furniture making and antique restoration before being joined by his industrial designer wife, Lisa in 2003. Since then they have been servicing and supplying private clients, architects, interior designers and furniture contractors nationwide and in the UK with innovative and original furniture design.

 In 2011 they expanded their business into home accessory and giftware design when they began working on a range of lighting products called “Aran Beag” that are inspired by the traditional craft of Aran knitting.

 Cillían has developed a solid reputation for excellence in workmanship using the best quality materials, in particular Irish hardwoods and his Aran Beag lamps are no exception. The timelessness of Cillían’s products and exacting finish to detail are qualities maintained from the business’s inception.

 It is Cillían’s uncompromising attention to detail that sets him apart: “We are obsessed with quality; nothing leaves our workshop until I’m happy with it”.”