“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That’s my intent.” – Saul Bass, Graphic Designer
is the lovely face behind well-known Instagram icon @jessbinxx
, an exceptionally talented self-taught photographer as well as a medical student based in Cape Town. Her brand has grown significantly in the last year and she approached me to design a logo for her a little while ago. We gathered at my Atelier
one Saturday morning and reflected on her visual concepts for the design process. Using my signature aesthetic I came up with a few hand crafted options for her and she allowed her followers to vote on which one they preferred via her Instagram account. The design below was therefore chosen through this unique selection. I have been infatuated with Graphic Design since I was fifteen years old and it was such a pleasure working with this talented soul.
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
The lovely ladies of Bamboo Revolution
contacted me earlier this year to do a Weekend Takeover for them on Instagram. I absolutely adore their exquisite wristwatches and I am delighted to launch their latest green strap petit (limited edition of 30 so fabulously exclusive) wristwatch for their Green Month in September. The watch faces are made from carbonated bamboo, with inherent characteristics, making each watch face unique and is paired with an African-inspired ostrich leather watchstrap. Each piece is hand-assembled and the handmade packaging is entirely recyclable. The Bamboo Revolution team strongly believe in and support the idea of creating a greener, more conscious and sustainable environment and for this reason they donate a percentage of their proceeds to planting trees in areas that are in need of reforestation or afforestation. Bamboo Revolution was born out of a humble student project at CPUT in 2012 and is a beautifully inspirational local brand that is sincerely worth supporting.
Our very first Ink & Gather workshop took place on Saturday 6 August 2016 thanks to the immeasurably talented husband and wife team, Grant and Lynn, who created Makers
and invited me to be a part of it. We all gathered at the Prestwich Collection
headquarters at Mason’s Press and spent four and a half hours creating beautiful drawings together. The only teaching experience I have had was in fourth year of art school helping the third years create fashion animations for the fashion students so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Being able to share my knowledge of ink drawing, the process that I have developed and talking fellow creatives through drawing with the right side of their brains was immensely rewarding. We had the most incredible group of people ranging from absolute beginners to some seriously talented folks.
My favourite part of being a South African artist is the support of the local creative community. We meet each other at markets, exhibitions or sometimes just through good old Instagram. Most of the creatives that I meet are women, which make it even more special. I am so proud of the fiercely talented women in South Africa that have forged their own career paths in the international art industry. It is certainly not always an easy path but through hard work and perseverance it can be a beautifully rewarding career.
I first heard about Lynn Shapiro, owner of the beautiful Prestwich Collection
in Cape Town, through Anzel van Biljon (White Kite Studio
) who designed her incredible branding. She popped in to my Tintin in Africa exhibition about a year ago and we started chatting about life in the creative industry. She is one of those beautiful females that you can be instant friends with and I adore her.
I met the lovely Anzel of White Kite Studio sometime last year and she asked me to be one of the sponsors for her upcoming Pink Party Workshop. Happily I sent off some of my Wander Collection limited edition fine art prints to be gifted to the attendees along with a selection of other local brands. Antoinette, owner of the beautiful Langkloof Roses Estate, attended the workshop and fell in love with her new fine art print. She later contacted me to come visit her at the breathtaking Langkloof Roses Estate wedding venue just outside of Wellington in the Western Cape. The plan was for me to get a feel of this venue before I handcrafted a commissioned original artwork to visually represent the beauty of the venue and to create a fine art print collection from the original drawing that would be gifted to each bride that celebrated her wedding with them.