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today’s finds…

really a mish-mash of things (think the finer details)  that have grabbed my attention..

lula fabrics

Melissa Kerkhoff,  Lula Fabrics’ founder and sole owner, is quite a character.  i’ve often called the poor woman in  a panic, with demands such as asking her to ‘quickly do a strike-off of that gorgeous leafy palm frondish type pattterned fabric i couldn’t use the last time, in that rusty red (not the first one, but the second one you showed me the other day), which is not too dense in pattern, but also not too sparse so that it can fit onto a 500×500 cushion and not look stupid’ and she brings me exactly what i was imagining, i have never disappointed.

there is always a funny story about her kids or her ex husband that comes along, and i appreciate that about her, the realness:  she is a wonder woman.  a talented designer, mum, running her own business, hilarious and always looking so friggin fab.

She sources her base fabrics locally and she then has designs hand-screen printed onto them for a block-printed look. Her range has a refreshing and playful feel with really exciting colour combinations – think  lime on silver, pink on red, an elegant silver on white – all printed on natural fibres such as cotton and linen. niiiice.

Her showroom: Unit 5 Canterbury Studios, Wesley St, Cape Town. Tel +27 21 461 0620.

kicking in chairs and knocking down tables

some loud and proud chairs, tables and servers that have recently caught my eye…

all things red

reds

i mentioned my ‘red phase’ in earlier post, and here are some of the fabric samples i’ve been collecting to ‘quiltify’ (upholster) a dressing table (‘zen station’) chair for my bedroom…

my artist/sculptor  friend, suzelle and i are looking at doing a collaborative effort/range of furniture and accessories, since she’s more keen to go the ‘functional art’ route and i just have an obsession with furniture and all things prettie*. she’s started a cushion range, which i’ll upload once they’re back from the upholsterer, and we’re both going to try our hand at prints for fabrics which we’ll then go upholsterizing-crazy with on cool vintage furniture pieces. watch this space…

skinny laminx

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.

waiting skinnylaminx

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 collection herds in grey

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