Friday 31 May 2013


My splendid friend CARYN TILBURY has made some beautiful owl plushies for the ILOVE Pop Up Shop at ARTSPACE. They are R250 worth of lovingly hand crafted joyfulness.

Thursday 30 May 2013


I love this collaboration between Russell Leng and AARON MORAN.

'Making use of found materials from suburban demolition and construction sites, geometric assemblages are produced with the intent of drawing attention to their inherent history and present state of uselessness.

Existing now as discarded waste, materials such as wood have become placeholders for the homes that now stand in the shadows of these modern forms of living. It is the materials that are responsible for creating a visible contrast between the living practices of the past and those of today deemed more socially desirable. The exhibited assemblages draw attention to this historical contrast through their material usage, structural / architectural qualities, complexity, and apparent organized chaos.'

Wednesday 29 May 2013



The June/July Issue of ELLE DECOR is out and I am so besotted with it's cover and contents. A showcase of a road trip through my favourite and best part of our surrounds, The Midlands. Including the Trickett's amazing conservatory. Have a look and be inspired.

Tuesday 28 May 2013


Had a sneak peek at A SUM OF ALL PARTS, by the ├╝ber talented SKULLBOY, opening tonight at GALLERY 415, 6:30 pm. Make sure you hustle your bustles down early because this is a sell out show!
Powerful work from a deep thinking black hearted romantic. 

Monday 27 May 2013


I'm still obsessed with vintage landscapes and new geometry, so was delighted to spy an artist who combines both. MARY IVERSON's work comprises smaller pieces that use photographs cut out of vintage travel magazines and larger oil paintings with reference to her own photography.

"The first thing you will notice when you see my work is a beautiful image of a pristine landscape. On further investigation, you will find that the landscape is covered with an intricate network of lines that obscures the pretty view. Next, you discover that there are hundreds of shipping containers and wrecked container ships caught in the snare of those lines, and you realize that you are witnessing the aftermath of an enormous catastrophe." 

Friday 24 May 2013


Finally! My lovelies I have had a chance to finish one of my new prints. This has been on my mind for ages and am so happy to have it committed to paper. She is large and bold, an archival quality print on 200 gsm Innova.
420 x 420 mm (actual image size 280 x 280 mm). An edition of 8. R800 each.

Thursday 23 May 2013


Last weekend our builder cleared away the rubble and I spent a grubby Sunday morning cleaning out the MESSY STUDIO bathroom which had become a receptacle for all the building detritus. Scott then measured the walls and drew up our plan for the layout of the fittings. We are hopefully going this morning to the makers of brass and copper fittings whose name I have forgotten and whose business  card I have mislaid. Luckily I have not forgotten were their factory is or my own name for that matter.

Wednesday 22 May 2013


A little birdy, DURBAN DIVA, let me know about the amazing
REFRESH RENOVATE REDECORATE Competition that GARDEN AND HOME is running from now until the 31 August. Even more incentive for us to complete the MESSY STUDIO's renovation. Next on our list is our kitchen and I could definitely do with all the stainless steel kitchen appliances that are up for grabs! Make sure you enter if you have been up to some home do overs, I love seeing the Before and Afters.

Tuesday 21 May 2013



I am starting yoga this morning to get bendy, I am not bendy at all and would like to improve on my bendiness. See you tomorrow!

Monday 20 May 2013


Our little family are loyalists when it comes to outings especially when it involves food. Every now and again though we bust out of our safety pants and try out the new place. Our hood has been lately blessed with two new eateries, right next to each other and a hop, skip and a jump from our home. We visited PARC CAFE on Saturday and do they make a mean Eggs Benedict, yessiree! The additional of the chopped capers on top launched the dish into the taste stratosphere and the bacon was so bacony. The potato and rosemary bread
( from next door THE GLENWOOD BAKERY ) was soft and pillowy and soaked up the egg yolk perfectly. You can have a peep at their menu, breakfast and light lunches here.

Friday 17 May 2013


One of the absolute best things to happen to me since I started my blog has been the opportunity to trade with other makers. I love how it has set a chain in motion where one trade leads to another. You will remember me being spoilt to pieces by SKERMUNKIL not once but twice!
Frances Kierman of MY CHINA CERAMICS saw the prints I had traded Marietjie and the result is a large box of splendidness that I collected late yesterday from the post office. I am still busy unwrapping my spoils but here is a sneak peek of some of them so long. I have chosen black and white pieces in a bird, geo diamond and proteas for the MESSY STUDIO but make sure you look at the full range which has beautiful jewel bright colours, lovely shapes and delightful drawings. The glazed ceramic has weight and lightness all at the same time.
Thank you so much Frances, I am over the moon with my loot!

Thursday 16 May 2013


One of my lovelies, I think it was you Miss Debdeb, sent me a link to YOSHIMA TSUCHIYA's incredible work a while ago. Take the time to have a look at his website, particularly the MAKING so that you can see how a lump of rough hewn wood is transformed into these delicately hued sylvan creatures. The detail is otherwordly. Sigh.

Wednesday 15 May 2013


Hustle your bustle and pick up a copy of 15 May GRAZIA magazine. Our homegrown lassie, Rhenda, from IKHAYA's beautiful home is featured in their deco section. You may also spy a few of my prints.

Tuesday 14 May 2013


Saw the April Issue of French VOGUE in the CNA yesterday, it has the most awesome shoot of contemporary Peruvian inspired fashion by MARIO TESTINO. The models are Isabeli Fontana & Aymeline Valade. I love the vibrant colours, embroidery and insane backdrops. Mario is so the man!