this little piggy went to market…

Most of you get to see handmade by me’s online presence every day, but some of you might not know that we are also avid marketers, always looking for the next great place to be selling our wares! We have been trying out a few different markets over the summer and so I thought I’d share some of the pics which have only really featured on our facebook page…till now : ) Hopefully this will convince you to come say hi at the next one which will be… The Doilie Market at Poplars, D’Aria Winery Durbanville, on the 27th April.

The Treasury Market

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The Doilie Market

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The Market at Val de Vie

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Magpie Motel Popup Shop

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The Lock Stock Market

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Tjing Tjing Market

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For any information about which market we will be at next, check out our facebook page, or email me : )

the design indaba is over…now what…?

The Design Indaba Expo is over! What an amazing, exhilarating and inspiring few days. Thanks to all my friends and family for all your support over the last few weeks building up to this, it really was worth all the hard work and effort. And thanks to everyone who managed to come past and say hi, it was so lovely to finally meet so many of you and put some faces to names.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to pop in here’s a pic of the handmade by me stand : ) I miss it already!!

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And I (or rather my blue origami birds lampshade) was lucky enough to make the cut for a design indaba special published in the Rapport Mytyd section this last weekend…here’s what stylist Marian Ward thought stood out for her…

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All my lampshades are made to order in any of my designs and a variety of shades. Email me for more details or discuss any ideas you might have, I am happy to help.

…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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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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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