Every garment has a story, and this one spans two provinces at (almost) opposite ends of the country, a good friend and a brother-in-law with a good eye for a picture. Continue reading
An empty, contained space.
Like a womb, where the creative possibilities are endless.
People like to say the invention of the wheel was a game changer in human development, but what about the invention of the vessel? Continue reading
We whooshed past the signboard with Elisa’s name on it, looking for the turn-off to her house. A few hundred metres later we realised we should have turned right before the sign, and we turned around.
When we stopped in front of her house a couple of minutes later, she was waiting for us on her porch. Continue reading
You can never have too much yarn or too many scarves.
And just in case you were looking for something interesting to knit with variegated yarn, try this cable scarf knitted on the bias. Continue reading
The story of this poncho begins with Elisa Maluleke, a Shangaan embroiderer, whom I met on a visit to Venda in 2015. Continue reading
What can I say? I love fabric, I love embroidery (although I only know about three stitches) and I am an obsessive compulsive knitter. Combine the three and you get this cardigan in my favourite autumn colours. Continue reading
Taking yarn for a walk.
This (slightly altered) Paul Klee quote is what I had wanted to name my blog after. Indeed, how he describes his creative process (“Taking a line for a walk”) precisely describes my approach to design. Continue reading
Creating this blanket was almost like engaging in a very private piece of performance art, with the performance artist performing only for herself, into the early hours of many mornings, slowly descending into a kind of madness as she raced against the clock to finish it in time for an exhibition.
And it all started off so well… Continue reading
The city of Johannesburg, South Africa, where I live, is often described as the largest man-made forest on the planet. Well, I’ve often wondered who keeps count of the trees to make sure this is really true… but live here, and you could believe that statement. From above, the treetop canopy looks like a roof sheltering the city. Continue reading