New year, new work.

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.

Of all the projects I did last year, this has to be my favourite! It is also something I have always wanted to do. I created a Delft plate inspired illustration for a carpet for The Tasting Room at Vergenoegd Low Wine Farm outside Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa.

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…

I designed a logo, identity and branding for a nail, brow and lash bar called Briyé.

I designed a range of bespoke products for well known ceramicist Anthony Shapiro for his Ant + Linda COLLECT ceramic range.

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.

I created two different designs for fabric for a client looking to start her own fashion range. 

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 created a peaock inspired print for a client starting their own range of home decor products.

We also added some new products to the range we currently make for The Trading Co at Spice Route and The Yard

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative year ahead.

Sera

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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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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.

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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.

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Now available from Orikami in New York…

I am so happy to let you all know about this gorgeous new origami inspired shop called Orikami, which was recently launched in New York! Not only does Orikami stock a selection of items from Handmade By Me (origami birds of course : ) ) but they have the most INCREDIBLE collection of all kinds of other beautiful origami inspired products from around the world. See for yourself, having a browse through this shop is in itself a treat!

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ORIKAMI is a specialty concept store inspired by the ideals of traditional Japanese origami. The brand’s name is rooted in Japanese language: “ori” meaning folding, and “kami” meaning paper.

We source unique, handcrafted products from both new and established designers around the world to bring you specially made items in one convenient location.

Orikami is the only store where you can shop for a variety of origami-inspired products, offering a judiciously selected mix of accessories, furniture, décor, gadgets, and nursery items.

The store’s signature is based upon the values of minimalism. We look to the clean, sharp lines of origami and aim to bring that same form of simplicity into our lives. Our Orikami picks bring art into your home or office space, while remaining to be one of the most unique pieces you will own.”

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How absolutely gorgeous are the DIY origami napkins? I wish I had thought of those!

And just a little reminder that we will be CLOSED for a little break from the 17th December to the 5th of JanuaryJanuary 16th which is this wednesday is the last day for any orders from the handmade By Me online shop for Christmas. Please note that at this stage, if you want your order to arrive in time for Christmas, be sure to select the courier option when checking out.

For all your holiday Handmade By Me needs, have a look at our list of stockists, you might be surprised where we pop up : )

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

 

shop local this Christmas

We are so proud to have our Pretty Proteas placemats featured in Glamour‘s Shop ZA section this past month! And no better time to remind you all to consider shopping local this Christmas : )

Order now from the Handmade By Me online shop to have your lovely locally made items delivered straight to your door…or have a look at our various stockists to see where you can find lots of lovely local gifts this festive season.

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Remember we are offering you all R100 off all scarf/sarongs for the month of December only! This is only available through the Handmade By Me online shop and SAM (South African Market) as part of their Birthday month!

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And to avoid any awkward late gift arrivals, or just to make sure you get all your goodies in time for Christmas, please take note of our Christmas order deadlines for the Handmade By Me online shop.

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website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
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Introducing…Miran & Co.

Firstly thanks so much to everyone who visited and supported us at both Kamers and Handmade Contemporary this last week(end). We had such a great time and we hope you all did too! Here are a few of the pics we snapped from our space which we shared with Windowsill at Kamers.

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Now that we’re back to normal and getting ready for Christmas – eek we know we can’t believe it either – we have some exciting news about a few new stockists we are so happy to be supplying. We don’t want to inundate you all at once, so we will be introducing them individually (and not in any order) to you over the next few weeks : ) For a full list of our stockists please see our stockist page on our website. And if you want to be a stockist please email us.

First up is the lovely Miran & Co. a UK based online lifestyle shop which only launched a few days ago.

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“The vision behind Miran & Co. was to create a special place that people could go to find unique & wonderful handmade things by designers from all over the world. From home accessories to fashion, to bath and beauty, Miran & Co. strives to have it all. We’ve hand picked it, just for you. Sure, we’re a little different, but that’s the fun part. After all, who wants to be ordinary?”

We certainly don’t : ) You can find them and more info at www.miranandco.com

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shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

10% off all Cape Town and Elephants products for Heritage Day!

To celebrate Heritage Day and the wonderful country that we live in, we are going to offer a 10% discount on all purchases made tomorrow (Heritage Day 24 September) in both the Cape Town and Elephants designs from the Handmade By Me online shop. The price will reflect the discount for one day only, so if you have been eyeing out one of these items you should definitely take advantage!!

Shop the Handmade By Me online shop here.

The Cape Town and Elephants ranges consist of cushion covers, tea towels and tote bags.

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shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

 

Turn over a new (spring) leaf with our Deco Birds design…

Yay we are delighted to see our Deco Birds in daytime green tea towel featured in the shop z.a. section in this month’s issue of Glamour magazine! We have just been away this weekend, and while driving back into Cape Town I was amazed at all the beautiful colours of spring popping up all over the place, it really is such a beautiful time of the year!

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Deco Birds in daytime green tea towel

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Deco Birds in night-time blue tea towel

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Also available in cushion covers in daytime green and night-time blue

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To buy any of these items please visit the Handmade By Me online shop. Please note that because of the Post Office strike we are waiting until it is safely over before we send out any more orders. For customers shipping within South Africa you are very welcome to order using our courier option. We thank you you for your patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused!

Find out more:
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twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

 

Now available from… Meisie in Wales

I am delighted to let you all know about Handmade By Me’s latest stockist, Meisie, all the way in Wales in the UK. Not only do I just LOVE that name for a shop overseas featuring South African designers and products, but I also LOVE that they support and donate a percentage of their profits each year to charities like Save The Rhino InternationalAge UKDog’s Trust and SOS Children’s Villages. So not only are you buying beautiful things, but you are also contributing towards a brighter future for many people and animals too : )

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Here is a little bit more about Meisie and what Cassandra Sprague, the owner, has to say about her lovely new shop:

“I started Meisie after realising that the UK and Europe needed to see some of the amazing things that my fellow countrymen and countrywomen are making. The idea of Meisie is to show you that Africa doesn’t just make wooden crafts; but has a wonderful collection of cultures that produce some amazing products and fashion. I hope you love the products as much as I do.” – Cassandra.

Based in Wales, we are pleased to offer everything from clothing to homeware, crafts and jewellery. We have a great mix of vintage, modern and quirky products to suit men, women and children and we’re adding products all the time. All of the products you see are ethical and unique, you certainly won’t find mass-produced items here.

All items are designed and manufactured in South Africa from locally sourced materials by local communities. Being supplied by small-scale entrepreneurs and community development projects, the idea is to create sustained employment where it is needed most.

You can find and follow Meisie here:

Twitter: @meisieuk
Instagram: meisieuk

 

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And just in case you missed the mention on facebook and twitter, the latest issue of Crush online magazine is out, and it features my Origami Birds cushion cover in their Essentials page. For those of you who don’t know already, Crush, is an award winning monthly, food, drinks and lifestyle publication (aka free online foodie magazine), and not only do they feature droolworthy restaurants and all kinds of delicious-related products, but they have a fantastic range of recipes to try. I have my eyes set on on the Picture Perfect Pavlova. Check out the latest issue here.

 

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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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