Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Here comes the sun ...

Sun Cloth from the Crags in South Africa.

I have recently discovered an inspirational business called Langa Lapu (Xhosa for "sun cloth") created by Pru Bolus and her team of local artists.

Working in a machine free environment with non toxic and recycled materials the ladies of Langa Lapu have combined creativity and environmental awareness with a successful business model

Langa Lapu’s cloth can only be created on very still, hot days and due to the weather requirements the production is limited to the months between September and May.

The cloth is laced with light sensitive (non toxic) dyes and laid out in the sun with a selection of native leaves, seed pods and ferns placed on top.

After a few hours in the hot South African sun the leaves are removed and the design is revealed.
Each bolt of fabric is a one of a kind artwork due to the unique method used in creating the patterns.

Langa Lapu has stockists all over the world; for a list of stockists click here. just imagine all the beautiful dresses you could create with this kind of fabric.
If someone sent you a bolt of fabric from Langa Lapu what would you use it to make?

Contact details are as follows
PO Box 119, The Crags, 6602, South Africa
Tel/Fax: +27 44 5348827
Shop: +27 44 5348612 (Teresa/Barbie/Pru)
Mobile: 072 904 8819 (Pru)
E-mail: info@langalapu.co.za

Please note that this post was in no way sponsored by Langa Lapu however I did obtain permission to post pictures of their work and to publish this article on my blog.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I won't go breaking your heart

Arriving at Dani M’s launch party for her new collection ‘I won’t go breaking your heart’ I was so excited I made my way through the crowd to the display case like I was at the Boxing Day sales. I love jewellery.

As I reached the display case I spied designer and moved in for a chat. Danielle Maugeri has been coaxing delightful figures from hand coloured porcelain and sterling silver since 2001 and her jewellery is now available from a selection of stores in Melbourne and around the country or online.

This collection is a treasure trove of love hearts, triangles tear drops and more. On first impressions the porcelain appears to be a modernised portrayal of Gems shaped in the style of Ancient Egyptian cuts. They are however inspired by Art Deco shapes (which were in turn inspired by the Ancient Egyptians). The many facets of these porcelain treasures sparkle in the light every bit as dazzling in their own way as the ruby or the sapphire.

The inspiration for her other pieces in this collection come from an entirely different place…Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland that is! After having been involved in a project for which she created biscuit shapes for a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ theme Dani then revisited the shapes she used for this exhibition to create an enchanting collection of shapes.

This young Australian designer is definitely worth another look.

The original article can be found here - with more pictures of her work.