The beauty of sustainable design Silindokuhle crèche



The blog is officially on hiatus until I finish my next film, but I just had to pop back in to support my nomination for the Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.

The Silindokuhle crèche is a Joe Slovo West Community Project spearheaded by the Port Elizabeth based NGO Love Story. When the crèche Patricia Piyani was running from her shack started overflowing with kids and the structure became unsafe, the architect studio Collectif Saga, in partnership with Indalo and Love Story decided to step in and design and build a brand new structure.

The project, which was led by Kenyan born architecht Kevin Kimwelle, placed emphasis on the involvement of locals to assist in the design and building of the crèche. Part of Indalo’s aim was to transfer skills and ultimately register a woodwork SMME that will sustain the community.

The building was created using recycled materials which included 1500 wine bottles, 260 wooden pallets, multiple skate boards and 15 plastic corrugated sheets and was built for the price of an RDP house.

I just love the innovation, the community involvement and the sheer beauty of the place.

Here’s a video to tell you a bit more about the project. (Please excuse my shiny face!)

You can vote and also read more about the project HERE – please note that you can vote up to 10 times!

Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.

Photos by Joubert Loots


Alex & Marla


A few years ago I featured Leanda Trautman’s beautiful Happiness bags and after taking some time off and having two bambinos, Alex and Marla, she’s back with an incredible line of handcrafted leather bags.

Her bags are made using only the finest soft, thick, nut toffee coloured leather. The leather  also features an anti- scratch oil protection layer, which makes caring for your bag simple.

“I have two beautiful daughters: Alex and Marla. They are the love of my life.

It is the unconditional love between us that occupies my thoughts and makes me happy.

Years ago I decided to see what working with leather was like. Immediately, I realized that this was something I’ll always want to do. I love it, it is my passion, the kind of passion that makes my working hours fly.

When I am working I feel I am creating something special, something unique… something from me.

I live to be inspired. And I transform that inspiration into designing and making leather bags. Being able to share them, makes me happy.”

Embroidery by Danielle Clough


I’ve been too busy to blog over the past few months, but after seeing these gorgeous embroidered pieces by Cape Town based artist Danielle Clough I just had to jump right back in.

Danielle is a multi-talented artist who studied art direction and graphic design at The Red and Yellow School in Cape Town.

“When she is not VJing (which is not what you think), Dee is doing digital design work for local companies; wrapped in a mess of threads embroidering anything from vintage rackets to shoes; lending her voice to local radio shows (Assembly Radio, Bush Radio ); creating custom book covers (Modjaji Books); and working as a contributing photographer for various local and international media.

Dee has been profiled by Instagram, Colossal, CNN, Creative Boom and the Creators Project amongst others, while her work has been published in the New York Times T Magazine, Casa de Jardim, Cape Times, Homespun and featured in various exhibitions across the country.

Some clients from 2016 include Gucci, The African Innovation foundation and the United Nations.

She currently works, plays and bikes in Cape Town.”