Book of the Week: Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Joy Peyton (born 1965) is an American contemporary artist best known for stylized and idealized portraits. Her work is most often executed in oil paint, applied with washy glazes that are sometimes allowed or encouraged to drip, but also in watercolour, pencil, and etching. Her paintings are characterized by elongated, slender figures with androgynous features. Peyton lives and works in Long Island, New York and Berlin. View Article

Essie Letterpress

Essie Letterpress is a design and print studio in the Cape, they work with top quality Cotton rich papers and all work is printed using a 1964 manually operated German Proofing Press. The press punches the designs into the paper creating a beautiful relief allowing it to be both seen and felt. I had a chat to them to find out more… View Article

New work by Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx

Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx is always coming up with great new products and projects. She turned a cut paper artwork, which was auctioned off at an event last year, into a silkscreen print called Eye Chart. Also new to her shop are her litho printed range of postcards  and a selection of four new succulent inspired wall decals.

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Missibaba: Meet The Maker video

Missibaba is a team of seven women based in Woodstock, Cape Town, all working to create beautiful handcrafted leather accessories. The label was established in 2005 by leather aficionado Chloe Townsend. Passionate about South Africa and supporting local industry, Chloe opened her studio in the heart of what used to be Cape Town’s once healthy textile industry. Her vision was to surround herself with the best craftswomen in the country and create something proudly and extraordinarily South African. View Article

Book of the Week: Tintypes by Jayne Hinds Bidaut

Tintype is a photographic method from the 1800′s- images are made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of iron metal that is blackened by painting, lacquering or enamelling and is used as a support for a collodion photographic emulsion. Photographs can be produced only a few minutes after the picture is taken and the method creates this amazing effect. While researching Jayne Hinds Bidaut I came across this video of her as well… View Article

A Documentary on Iris Apfel

Saw this trailer this morning (via for a great documentary currently being made about legendary style icon and living legend Iris Apfel. She is such a character, with a larger than life style, attitude and enthusiasm for all things beautiful. Just to get a bit more of a feel for her style I have included these pics of her eccentric apartment in New York (featured in the Architectural Digest).

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The Creamery Ice Cream

The Creamery make and sell natural ice cream from ingredients they buy from local family farms. They go to a lot of effort to source ingredients that are grown and produced in a way that is kind to the environment and to animals, at the time of year they are in season and tasting the best. This all results in ice cream that’s pretty damn special!

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