Good Stuff 03. / In The Mood For

I’m a self-confessed stationery addict. I love any kind of stationery. Notebooks, novelty pens, markers, stickers, the works; you name it, and I want to try it out. As I’ve mentioned many times before, Instagram is where I find most of the cool stuff on the internet and since I’ve gotten into bullet journaling, I’ve started to find a couple of cool, little online stores that sell the prettiest stationery and paper goods. My current favourite is In The Mood For, an online stationery shop based in Singapore that sells the most lovely washiest tapes and paper goods, as well as tote bags and phone cases. I asked Vee, the owner a bit more about the brand.

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1. Where are you based?

I’m based in Singapore!

2. Your brand in three words?

Ordinary (simple objects with meaning)

Mindful (encourage mindfulness)

Calm (invoke a sense of calm)

3. Your one tip for growing on social media?

Be consistent in the things that you share, and only put out what you truly believe in and not what you think people would like!

4. The person you have in mind when creating your ranges

I usually create my items while being inspired by my surroundings (nature)/ places that I want to go/ scenes that make me feel calm. The products on my store are greatly inspired by ordinary objects, and the subtle little things in our daily lives that we often overlook.

If there is a person I have in mind when creating these products, it would be the best version of myself that I want to be. I create these products by imagining what I would find helpful in helping myself to transition from where I am now to where I hope to be, and I hope they would also be helpful to the people that these products end up with.

When certain things invoke certain moods that greatly inspire me, I try to recreate these feelings and introduce them into my products so that hopefully, my customers can feel these moods and feel the same way that they inspire me.

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You can find them on Instagram and their online shop.

Nabeela x

Good Stuff 02. / Pichulik JOY!

Nothing sets my designer’s heart aflutter quite like a new collection from one of the most coveted jewellery brands, Pichulik. Season after season, the brand creates timeless yet daring pieces that would make anyone swoon.
The newest collection, Joy!, which is their SS19 collection is beautiful as ever. Inspired by the pure, magical period before womanhood, the collection aims to encapsulate a feeling of playfulness, and being present, yet care-free. Katherine-Mary, the wonder woman behind this glorious brand says the collection captures childlike imagination.

What inspired the collection?

“The window before womanhood. A pure and beautiful space to create and explore our identity prior to the societal conditioning we experience later in life. It is the instinctive, jubilant expression of ourselves and how we relate to objects gleaned around us as symbols of sentiment and adornment. An emergence from childhood but not yet tainted by the expectations of being a woman . It’s a magical space – one to recall and revisit.”

What keeps you motivated to create such beautiful collections time and time again?

Research, self-reflection and self-practice. I personally am interested in self-discovery and spirituality, and the modalities of this in multiple cultures. So I research, read books, visit museums with curiosity and a desire to understand, learn and grow.

What three words would you use to describe Pichulik?

Authentic, kind and alchemic.

If you’re looking for some adornments to add to your wardrobe for the summer, you know the place.

Nabeela x

Good Stuff 01. / Benu Made

I’m starting a new series over here on the blog featuring brands that are creating beautifully designed things all

around the world. First up, we have Benu Made, a jewelry brand by Pauline Hagan, who has a beautiful studio based in Prague (one of my favourite cities in the world). I’ve been following Pauline’s work for a while now, and have drooled over all her metallic leather pieces. They’re interesting, bold and beautiful. Talk about ear candy!

I sent some questions over to Pauline (these questions will form the base of this series). Here’s what she had to say…

1. Which three words would you use to describe your brand? 
Bold, playful, creative.

2. What does your creative process look like? 
I usually design a new collection just once a year, so over the course of the remaining 11 months, I gather ideas, cut outs, Pins, and notebooks full of sketches – without developing them into final products. When I revisit the ideas at the time of delving into new designs, I won’t touch a computer or Pinterest for a part of the creative process. I’ll take a stack of paper and explore as many avenues as I can based on those ideas – some of them may have evolved in my mind, some I’ll interpret differently and might take on a new angle. Somehow, something special filters out of this process and these slowly baked ideas.

3. If you could collaborate with anyone/ any brand, who would it be? 
One of the best things that has happened over the last couple of years has been collaborating with different photographers. It’s fascinating to see how they interpret my product differently and how they incorporate it into their own universe, creating wonderfully varied results – some play on the light bouncing off the earrings, others focusing on texture, for example. You can see some examples on my blog here: benumade.com/blog.

4. What three things inspire you the most?
I find inspiration everywhere, by being outside, observing the shapes and details of buildings (there’s an abundance of inspiration here in Prague), travelling (I’ve just come back from a trip to Japan and hope to incorporate some of my experience into my new collection), being in nature or during conversation with friends who’ll say ‘I’d love to see this on a pair of earrings’ – which might spark an idea. I also use Pinterest and follow Fashion Week shows to ensure I’m not too far off the mark and still feeding into current trends.


Next time the USD/ZAR exchange rate is in our favour, I’ll be popping a pair of these into my cart.

Looking forward to sharing more of my design crushes with you.

Nabeela x

{photos courtesy of Benu Made}

Well Woven / CarryAnn

Anyone who’s done research into the fashion industry will know that it’s pretty easy to uncover the atrocities of fast fashion if only one looks in the right places. Exploitation, unethical labour and wastage are major issues that are associated with the fashion industry, to name a few.

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I was simply delighted to discover CarryAnn recently, a local brand that aims to empower communities, follow sustainable business practice and provide a quality product.

The bags are woven from indigenous grasses using traditional techniques, and are then supplied to CarryAnn. They are then embellished to make them more current, whilst still maintaining their authenticity and quality.

“One of the business goals of the CarryAnn is to help keep this traditional skill alive and valued.” 

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“For us, in our business, meeting the weavers who make our bags, knowing who they are, and knowing a little bit about their lives as well as what a difference this work makes to their lives, makes it all worth while. This is not just manufacturing, it’s community support.” – Inge and Jenny, from CarryAnn

 

So next time you think that you can’t contribute to a more sustainable, ethical fashion industry, think again. You don’t have to spend thousands. Remember, your money is your vote, and businesses like CarryAnn remind us of that.

Nabeela x

Photography: Imán Cassiem | Aesthete’s Perception

Art Direction: Nabeela Parkar | Miss Artsy-Crafty

GIVEAWAY

We’re giving someone an opportunity to own a CarryAnn bag too…

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below with your favourite thing about supporting local business
  2. Follow CarryAnn and Miss Artsy-Crafty on Instagram
  3. Like the giveaway post
  4. Tag 2 friends in the comments on Instagram (you all need to be following both accounts for your entry to be valid)

Open to South African residents only | Closes on Friday, 30th March 2018

Potion / Cold-brewed Goodness

As a person who doesn’t drink any hot drinks (more about that here), I’m used to making coffee, adding milk and then throwing in a ton of ice blocks so that it isn’t warm. So, you can imagine my excitement when I came across Potion Coffee, a Cape Town- based brand that produces cold-brewed coffee. It is naturally sweeter and less acidic – a truly unique flavour suited to sophisticated taste buds. It can be drunk black, or if you’re like me, you can add a little sugar and milk.

Being a visual person, and a self-confessed packaging lover, another thing that drew my attention towards Potion is their beautiful packaging. The bottles are inspired by old-school medicine bottles, combined with the idea of alchemy, all which make for a very aesthetically pleasing product. (I’m sure you’ll agree!)

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Being passionate coffee lovers themselves stops them from producing anything that is less than excellent.

So next time you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for this delightful beverage and be sure to try to out!

Nabeela x

[Disclaimer: All images belong to Potion Coffee. As usual, all opinions are my own. I would never write about a product that I don’t love.]

LionHeart / Beautiful Bakes

Who do you turn to for cakes covered in watercolour details, pretty pastel tones, fresh flowers and meringue drops, you ask? LionHeart, of course!

I first discovered LionHeart when Nikki posted about it on her beautiful Instagram page. Since then, I’ve been following LionHeart’s page too and am in awe of how aesthetically pleasing their creations are.

LionHeart is an online-based patisserie studio run by two fiercely talented and passionate women, Nikki and Karmen, right here in Cape Town.

The first confections were sold under the LionHeart brand in late 2015 and in early 2016, LionHeart moved into a studio space in Woodstock and started doing cakes.

LionHeart’s lovely cakes are the perfect finishing touch to any occasion.

 

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Their Instagram page doesn’t disappoint either in terms of providing followers with lots of cake-spiration and epic process videos too!

Thanks for having me in studio, Nikki and Karmen!

Nabeela x

(PS: You can order one of their beauties here.)

 

 

 

Wear Local / Amanda Laird Cherry

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As you’ll know if you’ve been reading and following my blog for a little while, I love well-made, local products that are of high quality. The abundance of these products in the last little while makes me even prouder to be a South African. Luckily for me, and every other local lover, there are multiple brands and businesses making beautiful, clever and inspiring creations all around  in South Africa.

One of my favourite local clothing brands is Durban-based Amanda Laird Cherry.

I first discovered the brand when my mom and aunts all bought the classic long maxi dresses for a family wedding. It was when I was a bit younger and before I was so conscious of local design , but the brand caught my eye nonetheless. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to fit into a dress like that! (So you can imagine my excitement when I finally got my own dress in a beautiful plum colour for a family wedding this summer!)

Amanda is the designer behind the brand. She has received numerous awards in the South African fashion industry and holds a high name. This year, the brand turns 20!

Amanda Laird Cherry produces apparel that echo a perfect balance between elegance, simplicity and comfort. There are a variety of clothing, leather shoes and accessories under the brand.

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These leather mary-janes have become my go-to shoes. They are comfortable and elegant, yet simple and well-made. 

She also co-founded The Space, one of my favourite places to shop local clothing and design!

You can find the SS16 range at The Space.

Support local and shop small, especially this festive season!

Nabeela x

 

Made in SA / Deerly Studio

Hello

Today, I’m going to be writing about a few of the lovely products from Deerly Studio, which is owned by Monja Viljoen. Monja is the creative director and her passion is reflected into the ranges she produces. I love the mix of colours and modern typography that make up these interesting and fresh yet simple products!

 

 

Notebook

The cover is quite thick and made of a glossy cardboard. The colour combinations on this particular book are really striking and the print quality is excellent! The paper inside is lined and has a fun border made up of paint strokes. I was pleasantly surprised, because although the paper feels quite thin, it has minimal bleed-through when it comes to pen and even watercolour. (You know how important that is to me. I literally script everywhere with my watercolours!)

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Greeting Cards

The greeting cards are also printed on a lovely, glossy and thick cardboard. I love the bright colours and typography. They are simple and pretty, but still fun and modern. My favourite one is definitely the Good Luck card. That scripting is SO pretty!

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Gift Tags

These gift tags are simple and just the right size to pop in any gift bag or tie onto a ribbon. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love art journaling and scrapbooking. These gift tags make perfect journaling cards too! The also come with a suede-y ribbon that feels almost leathery. It comes in a little roll, instead of in individual strips, so you can use it for anything! Such a good idea.

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List Pad

The list pad is really cool and thick too, and has a similar border to the one inside the notebook. It’s a bit more minimalist in comparison to the rest of the products, but I love the grey, black and white colour combination. It has lots of space for writing those long to-do lists and shopping lists, because the pages are nice and long. It can make grocery shopping or just general errands so much more fun!

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I really enjoyed writing about these products and photographing them was such fun too! What was your favourite item? You can find all of these products and more here.

Have a lovely week!

Miss Artsy-Crafty

{As usual, all opinions and photographs are my own. I wouldn’t write about products that I wouldn’t buy or use. Also, thanks Monja for sending me some of your lovely goodies! }

Made in SA / Mocho Loco

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Today I’m excited to be sharing a bit about the Mocho Loco stationery products that are fun, eclectic and modern, as well as colourful! Moco Locho was started by Vicky in 2009, who is originally from Buenos Aires. Mocho Loco was mainly specialising in branding and illustration, but this range of stationery recently launched and I LOVE it! I’ve got a few things from the Confetti and Home Flora ranges to show you today! Everything is designed and printed right here in Cape Town, too!

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Notebooks
The notebooks are fun and colourful with wonderful prints and patterns on the covers and just the right amount of paper. I simply love confetti and geometric shapes and these are used so beautifully in this particular range. The pastel colours are also lovely. The paper inside is quite thick, too. (These notebooks come in a pack of three).

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Greeting Cards
The greeting cards are colourful and vibrant, as well as versatile, as they can be used for any occasion. The Home Flora cards are especially versatile because the can be used for anyone. I love the modern use of plants on these cards. They also come with a brown paper envelope.

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The confetti greeting card is a really cute size and I love the pretty little envelope it comes with.

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Gift Tags
The gift tags are SO cute. They are such a lovely size, and they, too, are extremely versatile. I used one of my gift tags in one of my scrapbooking layouts. There are SO many purposes for gift tags, it’s almost crazy! They can be used in journals and planners, (obviously) on gifts, in scrapbooks and I sometimes even use gift tags as bookmarks.

 

Party Toppers
These are such wonderful little things. They are made out of veneer wood and they are perfect for popping in cupcakes at any party. They are easy on the environment too, as you can reuse them many times. All you have to do is wipe them off when you’re done using them. They’re so pretty and very sturdy. I also used one of mine in a plant that lives in my room!

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I simply love these bright, fresh and funky products! If you love any of these things, you can find them all and more on the Mocho Loco website. You can never have too much stationery and these fun ranges are sure to brighten up your workspace as we head into the heart of winter!

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I hope you are enjoying these Made in SA posts. I have a few more planned!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{As usual, all photography and opinions are my own. I wouldn’t write about products that I wouldn’t buy or use myself. Also, thank you Vicky for these simply wonderful things!}

Made in SA / Zana Products

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The other day, I popped  in to visit the Zana studio in Woodstock. It was started in 2012 by Robyn and Sue Britz. It started out small, but has grown so much from there!  I had no idea Zana was local and so close to home until I read their Instagram bio.

Let me just say, woah. Their studio isn’t that big (but they are moving soon) and I was amazed to see how much they do from their cozy space! Talk about movers and shakers!

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All their products are handmade in Cape Town (local is lekker, right?) and are made from organic materials, such as cotton and leather.  Their various designs are screen-printed onto fabric panels and then made into various items. Their design process is fresh and fun and I was inspired by how the Zana girls all work on each other’s strengths to create a final product. All the typography and illustrations on their products are hand-drawn and handwritten and then digitized.

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This is my absolute favourite design! How cute?

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Recently, they also launched a range of fun midnight- snack themed bed linen with Superbalist. The illustrations are so cute! I have to say that the pretzel is my favourite!

Their products are fun, fresh, modern and simple, yet have a wow factor that makes them stand out from the rest. I was inspired to see how they use what they have creatively and how they are resourceful as a growing business.

Lately, I’ve been paying a lot of attention on social media and at markets to local, handmade products and I’m learning about so many businesses and shops that I didn’t even know existed! I’ve been so inspired by how much creativity there is brewing here in Cape Town and it makes me beam with pride. Every time I see a local brand at a shop or market, I get so excited, and it seems that every time I look, almost without fail, I find something new.

Here’s to many more Made in SA posts!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{Thanks to Melissa and her team from Zana for having me in their studio – I had a blast and absorbed so much inspiration!}