For the love of all things local

I swung by the Hello Pretty market day at The Foundry (in Albert road, Woodstock) this morning to check out some of the best local design goods and creative talent our Mother City has to offer. And I am so glad I went! Not only was it a colorful and inspiring experience, but I also happened to pick up a few lovely gifts for a friend – and in my opinion, planning & sourcing the perfect gift for someone special (not forgetting the ever-important packaging) is always time well-spent.

If you want to feast your eyes on some colourful, local talent, here are a few whole bunch of pics I took while fawning over some of my favourite design bits & pieces.

t-shirt by Selah

t-shirt by Selah

art print by Selah

art print by Selah

 

stencil at Selahspray paint cans at Selah

 Stencil and spray paint cans at Selah – these were just too colourful, I had to take a photo.

Africa vinyl floor sticker at Selah

Africa vinyl floor sticker at Selah

 

laser-cut paper art by ARTYMISS

laser-cut paper art by ARTYMISS

laser-cut paper art by ARTYMISS

laser-cut paper art by ARTYMISS

I adored the bespoke laser-cut stationery from ARTYMISS – all of this intricate paper magic is designed by a lovely local lass by the name of Pauline Irvine. You can check out more of her cool stuff here. 

 

dinosaurs + cacti = cactisaurs by Xico

dinosaurs + cacti planters = cactisaurs by XICO

dinosaurs + cacti planters = cactisaurs by XICO

dinosaurs + cacti planters = cactisaurs by XICO

Interesting/fun fact: XICO is short for MEXICO, the place  where this designer fell in love with cacti and succulents. You can read up more about XICO here.

 

faceted wooden rings by dor&kie

faceted wooden rings by dor&kie

Faceted jewelry objects by dor&kie

Faceted jewelry objects by dor&kie

As a self-proclaimed lover of all things made of wood, these eye-catching objets d’art obviously caught my attention. I didn’t know that dor&kie only designed jewelry but I checked out their site (here) and saw that they do a bunch of other stuff – even storage units, lighting, beds and chairs etc. Nice.

 

unique, simple but wonderful watches by bamboo revolution

unique, simple but wonderful watches by bamboo revolution

super cool & simple watch packaging by bamboo revolution

super cool & simple watch packaging by bamboo revolution

More wood – well, bamboo actually. I’m a big fan of this design team’s work. If there is one local design group that you support, make it this one… bamboo revolution‘s story is really great. These incredibly good-looking, sustainable watches were born from UCT’s post-grad entrepreneurship class of 2012 – bamboo revolution started up with just a R50 loan provided by the university. But something that tickles my heart even more is that this design team of six really appreciate the importance of and are committed to corporate social initiatives – for this reason, they have chosen to donate a portion of their proceeds to Project Rhino Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Yay for our local talent!

 

'cafeteria' - the coolest retro food van I've seen'cafeteria' - the coolest retro food van I've seenMacaroons by cafeteriaMacaroons by cafeteria

Needless to say, I sampled three of these yummeh bad-boys (a lavender macaroon with passionfruit filling, a chocolate one and an apricot one) from Cafeteria. This also just so happens to be the coolest food caravan I’ve ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on.

 

ceramic, cork and wooden pieces by maiden name

ceramic, cork and wooden pieces by maiden name

coasters, ceramics, magnets and other cool stuff by maiden name

coasters, ceramics, magnets and other cool stuff by maiden name

maiden name is another local design brand I just adore. Cork. Wood. Ceramics. Geometric influences... seriaas, it’s like this stuff was just made for me. If you want to see more (and drool over their wickedly wonderful stuff), go here.

 

smithed silver jewelry by two birds with some stones

smithed silver jewelry by two birds with some stones

etched silver jewelry by two birds with some stones

etched silver jewelry by two birds with some stones

I won’t say too much about this fresh-faced and extremely talented design duo since I’ve already dedicated an entire blog post to their amazing stuff. Big fan. Huge. Keep rocking, Stacy and Jeanie! You can check out the two birds with some stones site here. 

 

bespoke fabric designs and handmade goods by handmade by me

bespoke fabric designs and handmade goods by handmade by me

bespoke fabric designs and handmade goods by handmade by me

Loving the local feel of these fynbos prints.

I’m not at all ashamed to admit that I indulged myself with a solid (and most enjoyable) 15 minute perving session over at the handmade by me stall. I eye-balled the dirty daylights out of those Protea tea towels in the photo. (These fabric prints are so lovely)! For an ogling session of your very own, check out the awesome handmade by me blog here.

 

beaded collars

Such cute beaded collar necklaces but I can’t remember who makes them!

I spotted these on my way out and didn’t get a chance to see who makes these really pretty, beaded collar necklaces and bow ties – such a pity!

 

turquoise vespa

I really, really like this colour!

This Vespa was parked just outside as I left – its pretty paint job was far too flashy to ignore. Hence the picture. (Also, you should probably know that a random/unrelated photograph placed at the end of a blog post is usually an indication that (a) the poster has run out of usable pictures and (b) will subsequently bring the post to an abrupt and bittersweet end) …

A lot like I’m doing right now :)

Hope you liked looking at all the pretty local spoils! ‘Til next time, good people.

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