I am in designer heaven filled with hand crafted artisanal items at the New York Now expo at the Javits Center. There are so many stalls that I am spreading my visits out over the next few days to take it all in. Here are my five favourites from my visit today.
This is one of my all time favourite drawings, celebrating every contour of a female’s body. Ever scar, experience and imperfection creates an exquisite layer that makes you unique. It reveals your strength, growth and perseverance through every hardship.
Sean and I are both originally from Port Elizabeth so we have a very special place in our heart for all things Eastern Cape. Part of his proposal was surprise tickets to visit our families two weeks later where his mom had arranged for an intimate engagement party to celebrate.
We have all grown to know and adore this inspiring local brand, thoughtfully created by founder Nelle van Deventer. Their hand crafted food for your skin collection of products started in a very small kitchen in Cape Town and has since grown into a powerful brand with expert visuals and top quality organic skin ranges. It is by far my favourite local packaging and the use of simple, minimalistic and ever so slightly naive ink drawings speaks to my design heart like no other brand can.
Michelle, this is for you.
As women we have to work very hard to provide for ourselves, our families, to climb that corporate ladder or to run your own business. After all of that, we have to take care of our hormonal, confused and stressed bodies while pretending to have everything under control and acting like we know what we are doing.
I am thrilled to reveal the first artwork for my latest collection on Women’s Day that will be exhibited in New York and Berlin. I have entitled it “the f word” for the fierce females that will form part of my project. My first muse, Michelle Hattingh, author of “I’m the girl who was raped”
discusses her journey of healing after she was violently raped in South Africa. The journey of healing is secular. She has ups and downs and is constantly striving to improve her body image. My main goal was to show her how truly beautiful she is, in all of her imperfections.
I n t e r v i e w w i t h m y f i r s t m u s e, M i c h e l l e H a t t i n g h
Road to my New York and Berlin exhibitions – part 1
t h e f w o r d
f e m i n i s m | f i e r c e | f i g h t
An artistic exploration aimed at empowering females that have been raped or physically abused in Africa. Finding a way to not only help the individual, but creating awareness, eradicating the shame of admitting to it and guiding the community to best join hands in the fight against it.
“Married in veils of June mist,
Fortune your wedding-ring has kissed.
Married in days of July’s cheer,
Love’s star shines brighter from year to year.”
– Ancient Wedding Rhyme
I adore styled shoots. There is something so refreshing about stepping away from my desk and spending the day with an assortment of local creative females. The inspiration, enthusiasm and delightful creativity is intoxicating. Generally, I love being behind the camera but when working with a photographer that I trust I have no problem playing the role of the normal, curvy, girl-next-door schmodel.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward for him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:3-4
The first thing I ask when someone requests a commissioned original artwork is his or her story. The more I know about you the better I can capture your heart in intricate lines of ink. This particular drawing as commissioned by Magdel for her darling sisters thirtieth, blew my mind. It was exceptionally special for me to work closely with a fellow Christian and hear their heartbreaking story of incredible love, loss and how they have grown together as a family, as individuals and with God.