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Emerging Creatives 2015: Our Picks

By Marica

I have to confess, I did not enjoy this year’s Design Indaba as much as I did previous years. Not because it was any less inspiring or amazing but because I was trying very hard to suppress a bad case of mutant sinusitis/flu. You know, the kind that laughs in the face of antibiotics.

A took a rather fevered (pun intended) rush through the Expo space and tried to absorb as much beauty as possible. It was also good to finally put friendly faces to some of the local creatives we’ve cheered for in the past – the talented ladies behind Touchee Feelee and Handmade By Me for instance.

As always I lingered around the Emerging Creatives section – they did not disappoint!

Here are some of my favs…

Ash Ceramics:

I adored the colourful ceramic pieces by Cape Town-based artist Catherine Ash. Her handmade range included delicate tortoise shells sculpted from porcelain and interesting ceramic wall installations. However, my favourite part of her vibrant range was the contemporary collection of plates, bowls, vases and mugs which featured striking trendy geometric patterns in bold colours.

Ash Ceramics:  website  |  facebook page

Maria Magdalena:

Ag, you know I can’t resist quirky illustrations – of course I fell head-over-heels for these detailed black ink beauties by Maria Magdalena van Wyk! En dan het sy so mooi Afrikaanse naam ook nog (I too come from a loooong line of Maria Magdalena’s and Maria Johanna Catharina’s – guess what “Marica” is short for…)

Each line drawing takes inspiration from Van Wyk’s life, such as poetry, strong female influences or her favourite songs. She sells these limited edition illustration prints through her eponymous company, Maria Magdalena.

Maria Magdalena:  website  |  facebook page

Kiara Gounder:

I know we rarely touch fashion here at The Tabloid – it’s not really our bag – we’re all about the décor. However, the stunning creations by fashion design graduate Kiara Gounder had me drooling! The structured clothing pieces were beautifully sleek, edgy yet elegant. The real showstopper however was a jaw-dropping 3D printed neckpiece that seems incredibly delicate and detailed.

Kiara has been exploring the potential of 3D printing in fashion. For this particular range she sought inspiration from microscopic images of fossils, plant cells and insect cells for inspiration for the detailed patterning.

Leila Fanner’s Beautiful Experiment!

By Marica

Rose and I were tickled pink when we spotted these stunning images on illustrator Leila Fanner’s Facebook page this morning. You might remember Leila as the talented lady who designed Design Monarchy’s beautiful logo (we did an interview with her: here). Well, it seems Leila is opening a little collaborative shop in Riebeek Kasteel and has been experimenting with painting her lovely designs on various ceramic pieces.

Leila, we sure hope the experimentation in a resounding success because we LOVE it – this would make a gorgeous new additions to your product range! Leila Fanner, Ceramic Artist – it’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?!

To find out more about the Creative Collective and Leila’s experimental first steps into the world of ceramic artistry, check out her website: here.

{Images via Leila Fanner}

Lucy-Made… Beautiful Things

Lucy-MadeI have to confess the Emerging Creatives exhibitors is my favourite part of the Design Indaba Expo each year. I would have no problem skipping the main exhibition space and head straight for the Emerging section. I guess one can easily get tired of seeing the same faces, designs, and product – the Emerging Creatives however always offer something fresh and new.

Part of this year’s Emerging Creative programme was Lucy-Made, a Cape Town-based jewellery and stationery design brand founded by artist and illustrator, Lucy Stuart-Clark.

The stand was a little unassuming and I almost walked straight past without giving it a second glance… then the brooches called to me. Okay-okay, that might be a little dramatic but seriously they were beautiful and like nothing I have ever seen before. The brooches are made using white earthenware clay and decorated with under-glaze ceramic paints with touches of gold luster. I loved the large cameo designs and the gorgeous colour selections – the inky blue looked especially beautiful paired with the gold. My absolute favourite was the brooch featuring a rather stately looking gentleman with a red pinstripe background. The Lucy-Made ceramic collection includes earrings, bracelets, buttons and, of course, the above mentioned brooches.

Lucy also designed a stationery collection which comprises of hand-bound note and sketchbooks made of recycled paper and covered with envelopes and old South African naval stamps.

Be sure to check out Lucy’s website: here.

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5 Awesome DIY Concrete Projects

By Marica

My fingers have been itching quite some time to attempt some of the ingenious DIY projects I have found on Pinterest. I have to confess the only reason I have not yet tried any of the DIYs I have so painstakingly pinned is that I’m all thumbs… that and quite lazy. The concrete projects especially have piqued my interest – they usually look super sleek and contemporary, not to mention very impressive. I’m also hoping that hearing the words “DIY” and “concrete” in the same sentence will convince my brother, the civil engineer, to be my DIY minion for a day (translation: I’ll sit on a chair with a tall drink shouting directions while he does all the heavy labour).

Check out some of the awesome concrete DIY tutorials I have found thus far…

Mette from monsterscircus made these cool advent candle holders and small votives out of concrete. She used empty cool drink cans (that’s “soda” cans for our American friends) and water bottles as moulds. I love the glitzy paint-dipped effect, especially since metallics like gold and copper are currently trending – it adds a lovely rich and glamorous element to the concrete votives. Pop over to monstercircus for the step-by-step instructions: here.

Looks like a designer pendant lamp doesn’t it? You would have to fork over a bunch of cash if you spotted something similar in a retail space. Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern only spent $9 (that’s about R 90) on this concrete pendant light that took him just 2 hours to create. With just a bit of ingenuity, you can make yourself an entire set of stylish concrete pendant lights with a single bag of concrete mix and some old plastic bottles. Want to try this DIY yourself? Check out Ben’s instructions: here.

Another SUPER awesome DIY project from Ben and the Homemade Modern team – concrete milking stools! Isn’t it absolutely adorable? Ben used an old 20 litre bucket (that’s 5 gallons for those not metric literate) as a mould for the concrete seats. These stools cost about $5 a pop to make! I think I’m definitely going to try these first! Check out the Homemade Modern website for the play-by-play: here.

Eilen Tein deconstructed some cardboard letters she bought to serve as moulds for her concrete letters. These look absolutely smashing as bookends or as quirky décor on a mantle or shelf! Visit Eilen’s website to see her concrete alphabet recipe: here.

I love this minimalist concrete clock found on the blog Hobby Design. The South Korean designer responsible for making this definitely has a way with concrete… unfortunately Google Translate can’t seem to successfully translate the instructions to English. The images are pretty clear though. Mmm, maybe I can get my friend who has spent some time in South Korea to translate it for me…

{So, what do you think of these Concrete DIYs? Thinking of trying some? I sure can’t wait!}

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