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Iconic Cape Tea Towels

16 May 2016


Last year I decided that it would be a good idea to put together a collection of tea towels called Iconic Cape.  My dear friend Karina was over from Holland and we chatted and I shared my vision with her. No sooner had she returned home, that out of the blue, she sent me pics of some really lovely paintings of Bo Kaap and Muizenberg.  I was delighted and immediately asked her if I could use them. 

I was so happy to spend a few days with her last week. Karina loves sketching…


Here is the original painting of Muizenberg huts and Penguins from Boulders beach.


Below is the original painting of Bo-Kaap with Table Mountain in the background.



We interpreted these beautiful images on screen …




And we are both thrilled with the results!  These quality Tea Towels are printed on 100% pure linen and available online and at our store at the Waterfront.

They make perfect gifts and are definitely a must have memento of Cape Town to take back home with you to remind you of your time spent in our fabulous city.

Thank you Karina for this gift: your artwork will be appreciated by many!

Kaapse Klopse coming soon..


May art and the work of local craftsman continue to inspire our own inner creative spirit. 

Best wishes 


Homeage to Rex Ray

10 May 2016RAY REX HEAD

A little while ago I came across, in the Guardian, an obituary to the contemporary artist #RexRay.  I had never heard of him but my interest and curiosity was piqued and I immediately investigated further. I found myself moved, excited, drawn into a mysterious world of patterns, shapes and colour.

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Rex started out as a graphic artist, then pop artist who successfully blurred the lines between pop art and fine art. He worked in an interesting and unusual way working with layers and collages, creating organic evocative shapes, patterns using vibrant magical colours. I love his process and the magic, fun and beauty that unexpectedly results.


His work reminded me of the same thrill I get when seeing wet outs on our printing table. At the beginning and end of a print run a piece of fabric is placed to catch part of the screen that falls on the table.


With continued layering of patterns, surprising works of art emerge.


I often grab these ‘wet outs’ as we call them, just when I feel ‘that’s got something’. I put them aside and from time to time I will pull out a piece and look lengthily at it for inspiration.

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Last week I created some fun shoppers in support of the no plastic campaign I wrote about this in a previous blog (scroll to blog below). Last year I started cutting up these wet outs and making cards to give to friends.

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I liked them so much that I could not part with them. I came across these little gems recently hidden in a box whilst doing a clear out, and remembered Rex Ray. I thought time to let them go and no better way than with a homage to Rex Ray.

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I love these cards but I think it’s sad to keep them hidden in a box! Thank you Rex Ray for moving me to feel and nudging me to create.

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Wishing you an inspiring week.


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03 May 2016


Last week was earth week and a lot of interesting environmental articles were doing the rounds on social media and a post by #OneGreenPlanet.

(7 amazing people that prove living plastic-free is possible) caught my eye. I read this with interest as we at CND are making a big effort to go green, our bases and pigments are now eco-friendly and we are all delighted as we now have no more toxic smells in our working environment! Our planet can now also breathe with greater ease. The next task was plastic, all our table linen now comes plastic free, except for napkins, and we are working on this.