…the Design Indaba Expo…

As most of you already know handmade by me will be exhibiting at the Design Indaba Expo over the next few days. I am really excited and have been working on some cool new DIY projects which will help showcase my products at the event. Its open to the public on friday, saturday and sunday and well worth a visit! Do pop in and say hi if you’re there. I’ll be at stand J003 if you can’t find me.

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Please also note that I will have limited email access and time over the next few days so if you would like to get in touch please continue to do so and I will try and get back to you as soon as possible.

Here are a few sneak previews of what you can expect to see at the handmade by me stand…

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Introducing the new handmade by me website and official online shop.

With lots of thanks to my wonderful fiancé, the new handmade by me website www.handmadebyme.co.za is officially live! I am really excited about this!! You can now find all the information you need, and access both my blog and official online shop. I also have a new bespoke section where you can see all the custom projects and designs that I have worked on previously. Please have a look and see what you think. Any feedback, thoughts and comments are most welcome, good or bad.

I really hope you love it as much as I do : )

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Please note that with regard to my blog nothing has changed and you can still reach it directly at http://www.handmadebymeblog.com, and if you are signed up to email updates you will continue to receive them as normal.

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And some of you may have noticed that I have a new offical online shop…well its true and its good to go! I have all my products listed there and you can now purchase all my fabrics my the yard! I also have lots of product photos so if you’re trying to decide which design to choose or what product to buy its a good place to start!

http://shop.handmadebyme.co.za

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origami inspirations…

I am super excited about my origami birds wallpaper design being featured in the latest issue of one of my favourite interior magazines, House and Leisure : )

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Here’s what it looks like up on the wall…

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And here it is in blue…

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Both of these designs and more are all available from the new handmade by me shop : )

arty smarty pants…

My lovely wallpaper supplier Smart Art  is very kindly and generously sponsoring me some wallpaper for my Design Indaba Expo space. I am so excited about this as you will not only get to see my wallpaper in action as wallpaper, but I am going to show you how you can use it in other ways too. Who said wallpaper is only for walls? Without giving too much away, this blopost is really a big shout out to the lovely people of Smart Art to say thanks so much, I really appreciate your generosity and support!

And now for those of you who don’t know these lovely people, here is a bit about what they do.

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Smart Art  – Specialists in customised printing of Wallpaper, Canvasses, Fabrics, Vinyl, Carpet and much more… Just choose your image from our website or supply a favourite of your own and we’ll create your personalised print to update your interior space. Residential and Commercial projects welcome! We can create an interior design concept for you, or just brighten up your space with textile prints, a feature wallpaper or your favourite photo’s printed onto Canvas.

Theresa van Wyk is the owner, and Smart Art has been in Cape Town since 2005.”

Their website is www.smartart.co.za and here is a link to their Facebook Page.

Here are a few pics of what Smart Art can do for you…

Dewy Grass vinyl Forest Path Wallpaper Kids World Map Wallpaper New York Window Wallpaper Polyester Print Deckchair Fabric Telephone Booth Door Vinyl

Come and see my lovely wallpaper designs in action, courtesy of Smart Art, at the Design Indaba Expo at the CTICC from the 1st -3rd March : )

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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”.”

handmade by me at the design indaba…and a little feature by Visi magazine…

I am super duper excited to announce that I have received funding to exhibit at the lovely and prestigious Design Indaba Expo later this month. Its all a bit chaotic with only 3 weeks to prepare for this momentous conference, but I already have some exciting ideas and cannot wait to show my products to the rest of the world. So as you can imagine it is going to be pretty crazy over here for the next few weeks, but I really hope that some of you will be able to come and see what an amazing selection of design talent south africa has to offer. If you are lucky enough to be holding a ticket to the Indaba itself I am screaming jealous as it really is such a wonderfully inspiring conference with a fantastic line-up this year! For those of you who don’t, the expo is open to the public and well worth the visit!

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“The Design Indaba Expo was inaugurated in 2004 and provides a commercial platform for the finest South African designers to leverage goods and services to the local and global markets. It also introduces the most influential international buyers to the finest South African creative products and encourages export.

As the only local platform that welcomes advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design, and visual media under the same roof, Design Indaba Expo is a celebration of diversity.”

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“Since 1995, the Design Indaba Conference has invited the world’s top creative minds to address professionals from the creative, corporate and educational sectors alike. Championing creativity that enhances every aspect of the world around us, Design Indaba recognises graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts shoulder-to-shoulder.”

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And something I am also REALLY excited about is that Visi Magazine has featured me as one of their “Fresh Talents”. This is such an honour as there are some seriously talented people featured alongside me, and because I am SUCH a fan of Visi Magazine, I would really like to share the interview here with all of you.

http://visi.co.za/content/article/2049/fresh-fabrics

great Ideas and all things Pink Flamingo…

I am delighted to let you know that handmade by me has been featured in the lovely Ideas Magazine! If you are at all interested in crafts and fun and easy DIY this magazine is for you! I especially enjoyed the section on starting your own business (of course) as well as the section that shows you how you can print your own designs onto fabric (of course again!). My lovely and very popular Pink Flamingo! Cushion Cover is the star of my feature and I thought it might be the perfect time to show you some other new Pink Flamingo! products that I have been working on recently! See below…

The feature…

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the new pink flamingo products…

the tote bag…

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the purse…

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the lampshade…

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All of these are available from the NEW handmade by me shop : )

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