a worthwhile creative to watch is illustrator and designer, heather moore of skinny laminx. she’s developed up a wide range of graphic designs, available as tea towels, cushions, aprons, and also as decals and on ceramics. i think she’s on the button with this lokaal is lekker design idea, and believe her recent move towards making her prints available on rolls for upholstery is definitely only the beginning of something really big.
i’ve recently made contact with her, having spied her cute bags and dishtowels at the biscuit mill, for some patterned scatters i need to have made up for a reception area. she’s been more than helpful with hauling in samples and swatchbooks to the studio for me and explaining how she gets it all right.
her rolls score a 20 000 rub rating which fairs pretty well for light upholstery, and she has a more dainty base cloth of 12 ooo should you wish to do curtains or scatters. base cloth colours are somewhat limited, only available in arctic , off-white and beige, though she explained to me that with her sevilla rock collection she had the base cloth screenprinted first and then the whole roll over-dyed which works really well, giving it an interesting worn-in texture. you can also opt to dye first and then print if that is not the desired effect you’re looking for.
I’m doing my nut for her ‘waiting’ (above), a water-based ink silkscreen print of birds printed onto 100% cotton hop sack. anything with bird motifs brings a smile to my face, and currently i’m going through such a red phase, so you can imagine how much salivating i’ve been doing over this particular design.
Sevilla Rock is another design range in clean, Scandinavian style baring testament to ancient San cave paintings from the Cederberg mountains. it breathes fresh life into rock art-inspired design, and i absolutely love ‘Herds’ (above in grey).
heather regularly updates her blog: http://www.skinnylaminx.info/news/, which i often visit. she does have an online shop on Etsy, but if you’re wondering where you can find her stuff (you have to touch it):
O.live – Kloof St, Cape Town
Heartworks – Gardens, Cape Town
Mielie- Newlands, Cape Town
Homes and Antiques – Wynburg, Cape Town
Blink – Sea Point, Cape Town
Beatnik Bizarre- Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Love Africa – Woodstock, Cape Town
Touches and Tastes – Franschoek
Moyo – Stellenbosch, Joburg, Durban
DOT – Stellenbosch