design

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}

Curate / Light + Detail

Minutiae / the small, precise details that makes one unique; the finer points and subtleties

As a visual person, I am very much aware of the little things. I have a deep appreciation for details, and they make my heart sing. (I know that I’m definitely not alone on this).

I especially love beautiful light and intricate detail in architecture. Here is a photo essay of some of the light and detail I’ve snapped over the last little while…

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“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” – Giorgio Armani 

Nabeela x

The Edit / 01.

Hello there

I’ve decided to start doing The Edit over here on the blog to share things I’m loving with you. I haven’t quite decided how often I’ll write them yet, but we’ll see. First, let me fill you in on what’s up over at Miss Artsy-Crafty HQ.

So, you may have noticed my absence around here, namely because finals were just crazy and in between studying and sleeping, there wasn’t time for much else. Its now summer holidays and some fun content is coming soon! (Don’t forget about this fun DIY though!)

Also, I’m working on my card range which will be launching in early 2017! Final formatting, printing quotes and packaging is under way! I can’t wait to share my brand and products with you!

You may have noticed that my site is now at missartsycrafty.com, which I am very excited about too!

Now, onto The Edit:

Wearing

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The Circle Ring by Famke

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Bamboo Revolution Watch in Original Natural Tan

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Nude Wear Cozzie in Cappuccino (they’re great for wearing underneath your surf shirts and boardshorts because they don’t shine through!)

Listening To

Elise Gets Crafty

Functioning Minimalist

How She Creates

Reading

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

www.asmallwardrobe.com

www.chloelarkin.com

I’m so happy that summer is in full swing. Beach days, here we come!

Have a wonderful holiday and festive season with your loved ones!

Nabeela x

PS: If you want any extra information about my card range or if you’re interested in selling them, please pop me an email at missartsycraftyblog@gmail.com

 

Bedside Table Styling

Hello

I’ve decided I’m going to try writing about something different, because I’ve had a bit of writers/makers block, and so I’ve been feeling uninspired to write about the topics I usually do.

I find myself constantly changing up the style of my bedside table in my room. There are two reasons for this. The first one is, I love so many different styles that I always want to experiment and change things up. The other reason is that I get visually bored really easily, so I feel the need to change the small details in my room if they’ve been a certain way for too long. In this post, I’ll be sharing some ways that you can style your bedside table. They’re all a mix of my favourite styles. I find that I revert to a mix of the ‘the reader’ style and ‘the minimalist’ style.

The Maker

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For this style, I’ve used an interesting art print and the plant to add interest. The paintbrushes make for a cute display, as well as the magazines and books, which relate to crafting and creativity.

The Minimalist

I’ve used a basic art print, a studio-style lamp and plants to make this style cohesive. The monochromatic books and ceramic ornament also tie in with the plainer colour scheme.

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 The Explorer

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Whilst still sticking with the studio lamp, I replaced the art print with some Instax photos. Also, I placed a travel journal and Instax Camera on the bedside table to add interest. The plant just ties together with the plant-life in the photos above it.

The Reader

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The final style is for the person that loves reading and just wants reading material at their bedside. Piles of magazines and books can look cluttered, so try styling them with plants in a neat pile for a more cohesive look.

I feel like all of these styles are very achievable and easy to pull together. I hope you are inspired to spend a few minutes styling your bedside table into a way that makes you happy!

Also, Happy Spring! (South Hemisphere people x)

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{PS: If you want to know where any of the photographed items are from, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know! I didn’t include it in the post, because it can be a bit of a drag to read through.}

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