I am such a fan of magazines and 'tangible' forms of media. I received a mail today with this image and it made my week. The interview happened over Skype while I was in a car, on a ferry crossing a river, and I felt like I was talking to a new friend, more then a journalist. Even though I have NO idea what the article is about, am over joyed to be put in print in the beautiful Finnish Magazine, Taito.
The show takes a light-hearted look at what happens when artists break away from the starkness of white ground to explore surface with unexpected materials and unconventional methods. Im really honoured to be apart of such an interesting show.
South Africa is such an incredible country, so to stand with these humans is on the Mzansi's 100 of 2017 is an absolute honour. I hope I can do 2018 proud.
Wrapping up the year with the final video of the collaboration of seven pieces with Danelle Malan, a watercolour artist, Daniel Hugo, and illustrator and I. You can view detailed images of the project here.
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I have recently completed a series of works in collaboration with Danelle Malan a watercolour artist and Daniel Hugo an illustrator. With me, Danielle, thats more then enough Dans to see you through.
The works were commissioned for a resort in the bushveld. Each space and piece are themed to the tree it is built around. Danelle did the backgrounds, Daniel the illustrations and I did small embroidered elements based off Daniels drawings. Each piece is 1.5m x 1m.
Full images of the individual pieces as well as a video to follow soon...
I recently received my copy of Stitch-illo and it is honestly one of the most gorgeous books on fibre art I have seen in.. well maybe ever. I'm not just saying that because I am lucky enough to be a part of it, but because I really feel it was carefully curated and every artist was interviewed with such consideration.
Im edging my way to a shop update with a STACK of new prints... the wait will be worth it.
I received these proofs and I couldn't be happier! There are more to follow too.
I finally got my own copy of Queer Africa 2 at the premier book launch in Joburg on Saturday. It was an unbelievable event with people queuing outside the hall for the readings. I even got to embarrass myself by rambling about the cover art. QA2 is an anthology of stories from around the continent about the different ways we love each other, and I really feel like that spirit of love was in the air at the launch. As CHEESY as it sounds, it was magical. A massive thank you to the friends and strangers who let me sew their faces for this project that I think is both meaningful and important.
You can see more of the embroidered portraits here
And you can order the book here: https://www.exclusivebooks.co.za/product/9781928215424
I have recently handed over a project that I'm pretty excited to see the full roll out of. I can't show much except some preliminary ink (and far too much highlighter) drawings I did at the start of the threaded journey.
Ive been making a few little things here and there, and sort of a way to play with colour, and palette cleansers, between bigger jobs. My most recent one was this 4" hoop pet portrait of a dog called Lichee who has a glass eye and a cleft palette, and I think Im obsessed with him now. Proves that love doesn't have to be beautiful to be perfect.
I just finished running my first night workshops with a really special group of people through the CCDI. It ran every Wednesday in April, and its quite sad saying goodbye to all my students! Last night ended with a very special gift from Alex, one of the 'Charlys Angels' from Charlys bakery... these embroidery inspired, punny cookies! Look at the little silver icing hoop details. So amazing!
Now.. how do I bring myself to eat mine?
Over the past few months scattered between jobs free time I have been filmed by the Beautiful News project to showcase a bit about what I do and why. I love this initiative, because its about having something positive in your news feed for a change. I had a ton of fun and you can see a little more about my space and process.
Every now and then you have an idea that sits at the back of your mind annoying you. Kind of like the kid at the back of the class room, throwing paper at you as soon as you are not looking. Reminding you that its there, but you cant quite do anything about it. I finally got to feed that feeling this week when I brought out a monoprint I made about 18 months ago while doing a class at Pangolin Prints in Newlands. I had been working with paper and was curious at how the ink would translate onto fabric. I rustled up so scrap cotton and created a simple monoprint onto it. Turns out it translates just fine, and is a happy host for some embroidery too. This is just my first, but I'm excited to continue this relationship between ink, fabric and thread.