Stox rocks 


Remember the fabric I designed and had printed for our new range of Hero bags? I have had the 'Stox' design printed in 3 new colourways and am so delighted with how they came out! The fabric was insprired by Woodstock and Salt River, a very special part of Cape Town. My brain is whirring with ideas for bags, cushions, furniture...
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Hello autumn 


After a couple of real scorching hot days in late Feb and early March, we have all been loving the soft cool autumn air that recently arrived without much ado.
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Mielie in Design> 


Thanks to Sune Stassent of Design> magazine, a local online publication for the beautiful article about our faMielie. It's a really nice magazine - I especially love the cover!


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Mausi lives! 


There was great excitement in our house this week when Niki finished restoring Mausi, my old fold-up childhood bicycle! It was a rusty pile of junk when he started, and he meticulously sanded it down, sprayed it and put it together again. Mausi is simplicity itself - she has one speed and a back-pedal break. I don't know who is more excited - Niki or me!
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Treasure trove 


You might know that I recently had my own fabric designs screenprinted - a very exciting adventure that in my opinion has only just begun. At the printer's I discovered this beautiful design book with swatches of fabric printed over the decades - some from the 30's and 40's. I took many more pics that I will upload over the next couple of weeks.
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Consolation for the uncool 



Click here for some modern living gems.
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~~~~~~~~~heat wave~~~~~~~~~~~ 

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What a show! 


We had a wonderful response at Design Indaba! People loved our new hero bags and it was wonderful to meet Mielie fans, young and old.I was also delighted to find out that Mielie is part of the high school Design curriculum!

Perhaps the best part was the camaraderie between all the designers who exhibited. It was brilliant to share ideas, see what's new and give kudos where kudos are due.
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The bag is out the bag 


Ladieeeees and gentlemen, here they are! Presenting the first three samples of our new Hero bag collection: Charly's, Stox and Rose, all inspired by special places in Cape Town.
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Phew, almost there... 


Two more days till Design Indaba, and things have been pretty crazy around here. We are launching an awesome new range of bags at DI - and also our own range of fabrics. The last week was spent getting brochures and labels ready for print and also doing the final quality check on our new bags as well as planning a beautiful stand on a zero budget - you know, the usual.

If you're in Cape Town this weekend, please come and say hi.

Finally, I'd like to wish the people of Finland HAPPY BUN DAY! (what a wonderful country that has a national bun day...)
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