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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some August media lovin…

We have been very lucky this last month with products being featured in all sorts of different magazines and blogs. We thought we might share our August media love with you here on our blog.

Not only was our newly launched Geometric Orange LUX Panama Cushion chosen as one of 100 Beautiful Things in association with Visi at 100% Design, it was also selected as part of The 100% Design Edit in the Sunday Times Home Weekly section.

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Pastel geometrics are in this season according to Fair Lady. Below you can see our Geometric Monochrome placemats as well as our Minty Green Mosaic table runner.

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House & leisure magazine think our quirky Shweshwe Shields in Pink tea towel is a great way to introduce pattern into your kitchen. We couldn’t agree more!

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Living and Loving magazine looked at choosing which colours will work best for your nursey and decided our Orange Squares cushion cover would be a perfect match.  “While red is a fiery, volatile and energetic colour that should only be used as an accent colour in small amounts in a nursery, orange offers a similar look that’s friendly, welcoming and vibrant.”

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The Sunday Times Home Weekly thought our small Feisty Floral Watercolour on Blue lampshade brightened up their Nature-Inspired Edit. SundayTimes_230815SundayTimes_230815_2 FeistyFloralBlue_L_200d_4

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Then online I am delighted to share with you this lovely blogpost which featured us and some of our favourite products on one of our favourite blogs, I Want That.

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And Visi magazine picked our Yellow Squares Pattern Purse as no 1 out of their 10 stylish purse buys.

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Thanks so much to everyone who featured us and our products this last month, we are smiling from ear to ear with the media love from you all : )

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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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