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by Rose McClement

Often during the winter months, due to the slower pace of work, we take advantage of the breathing space, to revisit and revitalise the social media side of our business. Coming out of recent chats, Marica and I have decided that we are going to “modify” our email newsletter tempo a little. Like gear it up a bit.

What will that look like in reality? Well, for a while now our newsletters have been sent every fortnight. Cool – until it dawned on me that since we have been blogging for near on 7 years now, we have so many articles and posts from “back then” that may not have passed before your line of sight yet.  I’m excited about this and hope that you will enjoy it with us.

In the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, we will also be sharing past blog posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages every Thursday.

Plus, having more time to write now (something that I just love and which comes so easily to me), when it comes to The Design Tabloid blog posts going forward, I will be chatting more about our Design Monarchy projects and just giving some up close and personal insights into what we do here in the studio, on site, with our clients, etc. That said then – watch this space!

As a taster of #ThrowbackThursday blog posts to come, included below you will find the link to an article I wrote  back in 2012 that is slightly more along personal lines – “A Love Affair with Interiors“. Gosh, how time flies. Truth be told I had forgotten all about that article, but Marica who has a memory like an elephant when it comes to blog posts, brought it to my attention.

P.S. Have you recently visited our Instagram and Facebook Pages? We have some cool project images going over there.

Read “A Love Affair with Interiors” : here.

Decorating Dictionary: Jacobean Fabric

What is the definition of a Jacobean Fabric Pattern or Jacobean Floral?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Jacobean Fabric or Jacobean Floral and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Jacobean Fabric Pattern for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Jacobean Fabric Pattern: refers to English floral textile design prevalent during the reign of James 1 in the early 17th century and is often associated with crewel embroidery. The pattern, which features strong Eastern (Indian) influences, was inspired by the ancient “Tree of Life” motif. This fabric pattern frequently features winding branches, fruit, birds, and large, highly-detailed, exotic flowers and leaves in rich colours. It is these stylised flowers that give Jacobean fabric its whimsical almost fantasy-like appeal.

P.S. If you want to learn more about the history of Jacobean textile design, here is an interesting student research paper on the subject: “Jacobean Textile Design: Surviving (and Thriving) Through the Test of Time

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Creative SA: Zana

Last year we introduced a new blog series, Creative SA. In this series we will regularly feature South African makers.

by Marica Fick

Today we want to share the gorgeous products of Cape Town-based creative studio, Zana, with you.

Zana produces beautiful screen-printed products – textiles, bags, cushions, and other fashion and home accessories but to name a few of their “giftables”. Their trendy graphic designs are bold and fun with a definite Scandi flair.

“We love to create things that pack a punch and give you that hair-blowing-back, confetti-bomb experience. We are in love with colour, pattern and typography. This is really what gets us inspired.”

– Zana

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Something that makes this creative duo all the more admirable and extraordinary is the fact that they are a mother-daughter team.

Sue and Robyn Britz founded Zana in 2012. Sue, who has a BA in Fine Arts, spent many years working in print and production industry. When Robyn graduated from Vega in 2012 with a BA in Creative Brand Communications, the gals decided to join their creative forces.

The name “Zana” derives from a childhood nickname given to Sue by one of her relatives. The ladies decided that “Zana” would make for a unique and authentic label for their creative business. I sure like it – it is one part cute, one part sentimental!

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During the foundational days of their business, the ladies worked out of their garage, juggling their fledgling enterprise, full-time jobs, and studies. Later, as the online orders started rolling in and business grew, they moved to bigger premises and hired additional staff.

In 2015 Zana hosted a series of screen-printing workshops in an exercise to better connect and interact with their customers. These workshops proved to be so popular that they now host them on regularly basis from their studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.  Man oh man, I would LOVE to attend one of those babies!

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A facet of the Zana business model that I completely identify with and appreciate is that each lady has her own skill set which complements the other’s perfectly. With Sue’s experience and Robyn’s design eye and online savvy, their strengths merge to create a thriving and successful business.

In a way it reminded me of my own working relationship with Rose. We each have our own tastes, skills and way of thinking / doing, yet it all comes together to form beautifully balanced interiors

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Zana recently celebrated their 5 birthday. On being asked what 5 valuable lessons they have learnt in 5 years of business, the dynamic mother-daughter duo shared the following sage advise on their blog:

1.  Don’t give up. Persevere.

2.  Know the power of social media and embrace the community it builds.

3.  There’s no quick fix. Things take time.

4.  You need to find the perfect combo of working smart and working hard.

5.  Delegating is key.

Be sure to check out the Zana website to see their full range of awesome products.

You can also follow Zana on FacebookInstagram, Twitter & Pinterest.

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