Monday, 28 July 2014

DIY Noticeboard

An old picture frame, a piece of pegboard picked up on the side of the road, some paint, thin black elastic, and an hour or so of threading and re-threading. Neat and tidy.

I used 2 types of elastic: narrow flat elastic and shirring elastic, because that's what I had. I might do another layer going in the opposite direction, too. If you have enough elastic, some sort of intricate cross-stitch design would look nice.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

New Portrait

The winner of the portrait giveaway from a few weeks ago. Linda Robertus is an amazing textile artist, and she blogs here.

Monday, 21 July 2014


Wonders will never cease! I finally figured out how to use layers to colour in Gimp. I think I've just made myself about 30% more employable as a science text book illustrator.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Book Dash

A few weeks ago I spent 12 straight hours in the Cape Town Central Library, making a book in a day. 

It was organised by Book Dash, and I was very lucky to be in a team with writer Liesl Jobson and designer Andy Thesen. We were given food and coffee and pencils and worked till we dropped. And tomorrow 250 kids will each get a copy of our book, A Fish and a Gift.

You can find all the latest Book Dash books here, and sign up to participate in future book dashes yourself.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Prints on Demand

Getting from sketch to printed fabric can take me a frustratingly long time, and potential prints languish in my sketchbooks (I mean, piles of scrap paper) until I've almost forgotten about them. 

So, a temporary holding place: my new Spoonflower shop. Hopefully one day I'll turn all of these into block prints, but for now they're available as digitally printed fabric (and wallpaper and giftwrap), to order by the yard on almost any kind of fabric you could wish for. 

Some of these designs are about 4 years old! And still I can't stop scribbling down ideas for prints. 

Friday, 4 July 2014

New Stockists

I'm very excited to add 2 new stockists to my list: Victoria & Abigail in the UK and Dubaruba in Austria!