Category: Art

Wild Hearts

An infectiously joyous after wedding photoshoot where a handful of Cape Town’s fiercely talented females came together to produce something truly exceptional with a real married couple.

My heart is absolutely bursting to be able to share this special photoshoot. Something so magical came together with some of the most incredible girls. My sister-in-law Kate who is the queen of finding amazing brands on Instagram shared the Ayeh Khalatbari Photography Instagram account with me last year while we were on holiday together. We have been obsessing over Ayeh’s incredible photographs ever since.

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Our Secret Garden Spring Wedding

If you had to visually translate our hearts, you would see our wedding.
Nestled between a windy Friday and a cloudy Sunday, lay a surprisingly summery Saturday perfect for a secret garden wedding in spring. Our wedding was a true expression of love not only for each other, but for our friends and families as well. From the hand written letters and illustrations, drought friendly touches, hand drawn family crests, the song my dad and cousins sang me down the isle to and even a harpist – it was a spectacular day thoroughly and thoughtfully celebrated.

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Riverine Rabbit

This is the story of the Riverine rabbit, also known as the Oewerkonyn in Afrikaans. This beautiful little animal is one of the most endangered mammals in the world, with only 500 adults and 1500 overall still alive.

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Contours of Cape Town

This vast space and peace is what I aimed to capture through these intricate lines of ink as well as my heart: my unequivocal love for this city. It’s the perfect balance between excitement, adventure, art of a modern city and the beauty of pure, undiluted nature.

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Embrace

This year has sparked such personal growth in not just my life, but in my work as well. Especially in the projects and collaborations that I accept and pour my heart into. Last year my illustrations revolved around taking a rape survivor and attempting to transform the way she viewed her body through photography and artworks. It was such an intimate process and it’s one of my biggest passions in life. To be able to use my art platform to initiate honest, raw conversations not just between women in general, but to those secret conversations taking place in our minds as well.

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Wedding Invitations

If you had to visually translate my heart, this would be it. It is my humble opinion that a physical invitation is a gift that you offer to all of your loved ones that will make the time to attend your wedding, travel very far sometimes and most likely have to spend quite a bit of money. It is a first glimpse of what they can expect and a beautiful way to invite them to get excited about the celebrations to come. It’s a costly thing that is mostly ignored nowadays, but it is something that is deeply meaningful to me and there’s nothing I love more than receiving beautiful post amidst all the usual bills.

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a purist home makeover

A visual story capturing the home makeover by House of Hawks for Natelee Cocks, two wildly talented South African ladies currently working and living in Dubai.
  I was recently introduced to the Australian series, The Block. It has quickly become my favourite show to watch. My thoughts are now completely immersed in all things architecture and interior design. I adore seeing where my artworks end up and was blown away when one of my special clients, Natelee Cocks, emailed me photographs of my pieces up in her newly renovated home. She commissioned two tiny originals last year, as a gift to her husband, capturing their favourite memories of travels and adventures together (you can view and read the full story behind the artworks here).

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Workshop | Styling by Matanna Katz

  Another first for my workshops! I approached the obscenely talented Matanna Katz of Ethereal Bound Journal to lead a styling hour at my Ink + Foil workshop. Styling is something I have been working on especially in the last year and it was truly exceptional to see the difference between the photographs the attendees took during the workshop compared to the photographs during the styling hour. Drawings, or anything else for that matter, are elevated with a thoughtful approach to props and natural lighting.

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Ink + Foil Workshop

Finally had some time to go through all of the photographs and share it with you all. This workshop was my very first one where I was in charge of everything. It was a daunting task, but I wanted to really focus on what I would personally want to attend and work from there. The idea was to create a space for people to not only learn about drawing, but to connect with someone new and celebrate our wonderfully talented female creatives in South Africa.

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Maria Magdalena is a Cape Town based contemporary illustrator celebrating an elegant simplicity through intricate lines of ink. Shop the current collections online or order your custom original illustration today.

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