Spring is in the air and with that came the inevitable “let’s spruce things up a bit”-itch that goes around this time of the year. What does this have to do with Gallery Walls, you might ask? My spring cleaning endeavours have yielded a nice surprise — a collection of black and white prints I originally put out of harms way two years ago! It would be perfect for a Gallery wall; smart, quick and stylish.
Simple black or white frames make the prints look polished. To me it is either or not both. The look should be cohesive, with a nice contrast and focus on symmetry. Now… the choice between black or white frames…
What do you think?
I’ve only recently discovered the art & beauty of paper cutting. There are not many artists working in paper, not on it.
Maud Vantours is a French artist living and working in Paris. She creates these colorful, deep paper cuts both as fine art and as commission pieces for a very impressive client list. In her artist statement she describes her work as “original graphics of multicolored and dreamlike landscapes.”
These paper cuts combine flat surface art with sculptural depth. I love the texture and admire the complexity of the work.
The complexity of a rose
A piece for the Prada Parisian showroom. So different — simply exquisite.
all images from Maud Vantours website
It was with much excitement that Ninene & I set out on our annual trip to Decorex Joburg yesterday. Decorex is the largest décor & design show in Southern Africa. It features the latest on the local and international front with a fresh perspective on spaces in which to live, work and play.
A typical day at Decorex is always a long one and part of the excitement is bumping into friends we haven’t seen for a while. We end up back home late afternoon, feet on the couch and chatting about our finds & new discoveries until we are drop dead tired! Exhausting, but fun.
We’d love to share all of it with you, but it is simply too much. Hence the decision to do this post in 2 parts. This is part 1 and features “all things uniquely South African”. Be sure to catch up with us tomorrow for part 2. Apologies upfront for the poor quality of some of the images.
Uniquely South African
Photography as art is gaining popularity fast. Jan & Jay Roode of Skyhawk Photography is a couple with an intriguing story, living the African dream. He is a pilot and she a nature conservationist (to name but one of her qualifications) and together they take breathtaking aerial photographs. The story is one we’ll definitely share in another post, but here’s a little of what you can expect.
The creative talent on display is unbelievable and this year we were especially impressed by the South African Handmade Collection — a new initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry. It celebrates the fusion of heritage with the future, and tradition with the imagination. This definitive collection represents the highest quality, handmade and environmentally friendly South African craft products.
Beautiful Nguni Cattle rugs from Majayimile Trading.
Ace Maize flour packaging in a quirky duvet design by Wozobona Cultural House
Unique hand embroidered tableware and cushions made by the women of Sophumelela Women’s Co-Op
Laura Hewgill of Veldt draws on Nature for inspiration to make her gorgeous home textiles and ceramics — simply to die for.
Craig Stowe of Stowe & so. hangs yet another one of his unique handprinted tablecloths. Available in a variety of unique designs and an absolute must have!
Beautiful laser cut homewares and gifts from Doodles.
Yda Walt with some of her handprinted textiles, art and ceramics.
Johannesburg based ceramic artist, Julia K specializes in Contemporary hand painted ceramic pieces. We loved Julia’s bright, colourful shapes.
The adorable Ann (spelling!) Gadd with her equally adorable Ewe’s
I’m just loving the neutral palette of Kelly Klein’s Palm Beach home. The wood against white has a surprising calming effect and adds just the right amount of texture to the overall minimalist style.
Kelly was wife to Calvin Klein, but the two divorced in 2006. She is a noted photographer and author (her sixth book, Pools: Reflections, a sequel to the 1992 bestseller Pools, will be published by Rizzoli next month). Working with David Piscuskas of 1100 Architect, Kelly built an intimate getaway that’s a perfect fit for her blissful new life.
“I wanted something a little Neutra, a little Ando, a little Bauhaus–y. I knew in my mind how I wanted to live here—in an indoor-outdoor house, enjoying the breeze off the water, with the family always together,” Klein says. “I find that in big houses everybody is always in a different room, no one can find each other. I was going to build a really compact house. I call the four bedrooms my hotel rooms.”