Exciting news…and the final farewell!

Exciting news! I have a new website to house all the weird and wonderful creative things that I want to do going forward. And I would love to share it with you.

As you know things have been evolving since I closed my business a couple of years ago now. The focus was to be more on design and less on production, and it certainly took a little while to figure out exactly what I wanted to offer the world. And then, just when things were picking up, Covid arrived, and everything changed all over again. And while I have never been so relieved not to have a physical retail store, or team of staff to look after, I lost quite a few amazing design opportunities which was hard. But in losing those projects, and with a strict lockdown in place, I had the luxury of time and the incredible opportunity to pursue my passion of painting, which I hadn’t done since my school days. It took a nation of starving people to force me out of my comfort zone, to offer paintings to the public in exchange for donations to charity, but 30+ paintings later, I can honestly say it has been the most incredible experience, and I only want to do more.

So now that I am half designer and half artist, I have finally created a portfolio of work to showcase what I can and want to do more of going forward. These are the things I am super passionate about, and would love to collaborate on.

Prints and patterns – I love nothing more than making pretty things. The power of a striking image or pattern is completely limitless and can often totally transform a brand. Design is my passion and whether you have a product or business in mind, I would love to help. See my surface pattern & product design portfolio here

Products (Handmade By Me) – I will still be offering fabric and wallpaper printing on demand, as well as a limited range of trays, placemats and hotel slippers, but only on a wholesale basis. Some Handmade By Me designs will be available, but I would love to create you your own unique range. Please enquire for more information.

Branding – Graphic Design was always my OG, but branding is something I get a little more excited about. Whether it’s a logo, illustration or social content, I can help you create or roll out out a look or campaign. See my graphic design & illustration portfolio here.

You can also view all my paintings and various ceramics from over the years, including the full range of #coronacommissionspostcardseries, and if you are interested in buying any of my paintings, I have created a list of available work here. Commissions are welcome.

While I am very excited about the future, this sadly means the final farewell for Handmade By Me, and I hope that you will continue to follow my creative journey over at www.seraholland.co.za. I am going to totally assume that you would like to be kept up-to-date with news as I go : ) so I am going to add you to my new newsletter. Please feel free to unsubscribe. 

Its been 10 years since I started the Handmade By Me blog and it has given me so much joy! From starting off with soup recipes (you should check them out, they’re actually really good) and learning how to sew, to becoming a fully operational business, thank you to every single person here for being a part of my crazy journey!

I hope to see you on the other side!

Sera

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

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

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)