Atang Tshikare poses with his sculpture “Maotwana Finyela” – image credit www.departures.com
I’m a bit zealous when it comes to beautiful things, and I’m always on the look out for amazing local South African makers! So here’s my latest round up, I hope you enjoy:
Nic Harry fun bamboo socks
Local entrepreneur Nic Haralambous founded Nic Harry socks in 2012, and his socks are known for their fun geometric patterns and afrocentric designs. The bamboo fabric is an interesting choice, seemingly bamboo is becoming more eco friendly than cotton. Check out his little shop on Wale Street in Cape Town CBD.
We recently attended a talk with Nic, about his business autobiography “DO. FAIL. LEARN. REPEAT.” upstairs at the Honest Chocolate Secret Gin Bar, where he spoke about failure as a key part of the business journey and ultimately, success.
Image credit www.capetownetc.com
Canvas Bucket planters by Pleeko
I started following Somerset West based graphic designer Petro recently on Twitter, she had challenged herself to 100 drawings using her iPad pen – and I had just got myself an iPad pen and was keen for the inspo.
According to her blog Petro is a “self-taught graphic designer and overall design enthusiast with a penchant for beautiful typography”. She believes that “apart from love and perhaps chocolate, the world needs better design”. Which I love!
Her brand Pleeko Print Studio is as cute and fresh as one would expect! Check out her canvas bucket planters here. Also her free desktop and cellphone screen backgrounds are the Bomb! (I have the “Still Learning” one on my iPhone).
Image credit www.shop.pleeko.co.za
“Who Killed Biko” tote bags
A provocative question that speaks directly to our history as South Africans, what better way to make a statement with your fashion? Created in 2016 as a collaboration between Pigments Studio (founded by Siki Msuseni) and Crowded Wolf (founded by Xolani Dani).
Style blogger turned businesswoman Siki says of the project in an interview: “A lot was omitted about South African history in our curriculum while I was in school, and it still is. ..I felt that there was a need to open dialogue with the past events while focusing on what is happening now. … the bags are a way to say, let’s go back to the drawing board. Who killed all these great leaders? Would South Africa turn out to be this kind of South Africa if they were not killed?”
Follow Pigments Studio on Instagram.
Image credit Pigment Studios on Twitter www.twitter.com/pigment_studios
Sculpture by Atang Tshikare
This striking piece titled “Maotwana Finyela” appears like a crab with lights for its eyes. I spotted this crustacean friend at Museum Night a few weeks back; Southern Guild at the Silo District is certainly a must visit for anyone who takes an interest in local art and design!
The brainchild of SA art power couple Trevyn and Julian McGowan, Southern Guild works to showcase South African Design, for example at global design fairs. Another fav piece currently on exhibit at Southern Guild is the Spektrum Series by Laurie Wiid van Heerden.
Image credit: www.southernguild.co.za
P.S. I’ve been following Atang for a while now, when he was customising sneakers back in 2011 and I first started writing about cool local projects. Give him a follow on Instagram to see the behind the scenes of how he makes his art pieces!
Stickers by Fox and Heroine
Recently I went on a little unexpected trip to the town of Swellendam in the WC, where I stopped at new coffee shop and deli Ikigai – a slice of heaven. Firstly the architecture of the building itself, the ice coffee is like beautiful alchemy and they sell curated design goods. Basically everything I love under one roof. Plus it was a sunny day and the natural setting boasted large leafy trees and mountainous views.
I got myself these gorgeous little stickers by Fox and Heroine, and I’m obsessed with the detail …from the little content cloud with the crown, the lollies and the cupcakes, to the scribbled hearts and the exclamation of hooray!”. Call me nostalgic.. I’ve stuck one on my iPad cover, but they really can be used everywhere! (25 bucks, buy them here). After a little search on The Google, turns out these stickers were created by PE based Lee-Anne van den Berg, wife and mother of two. See more on their website here .
And seriously, go visit Ikigai.
Image credit Rachel Briant
Lunar by Lionheart
Is it a cake, or is it a piece of art? The final Maker on my list for this Monday is the Lunar Cake by online pâtisserie studio Lionheart. I’ve been following this brand for the past year or so and I’m just blown away by their designs.
If you ask my husband he’ll tell you I don’t have a sweet tooth, but the pure aesthetic satisfastisation of these cakes is enough to get me drooling (just do yourself a favour and don’t look at the price, “just take my money!”).
They also offer workshops for those aspiring bakers!
Image credit www.sweetlionheart.com
That rounds up this week’s top Maker’s, let me know your fav local designers in the comments below!