Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Looking Forward to Ramadaan!

I have many warm memories of being in primary school and counting down the minutes to the delicious meals my Mum cooked us for Iftaar (breaking fast time) during Ramadaan.  As I think of it now, I can fondly remember the taste of home made chicken pies, rose syrup milkshake and nutritious haleem.

Ramadaan truly is a month of great spirit and unity among Muslims.  It is a time of detoxing, remembering your higher purpose and learning discipline and self control.  A little of that magic had been lost to me over the past few years due to my long commutes to and from my previous job and so, now that I am self-employed,  I am looking forward to once again being able to spend time on self reflection and spirituality as well as improving myself as a person - a few of the things Ramadaan is about.

I still recall the transition of learning to fast.  My first attempt at fasting was at the age of 7.  I remember coming home from school and my parents asking us if we had managed to keep our fast.  Sometime through the day, a class mate had offered me a sweet and I had eaten it, forgetting that I had been fasting at the time.  I felt so guilty about it and admitted it to my parents who were very understanding and lenient.  At the time, I didn't know that if one eats forgetting that they are fasting, their fast does not break.

In solidarity with all the kids learning to fast this year, I have designed a sweet printable for parents to put up to help their little ones feel a sense of achievement when fasting.

Print out the chart - 1 per child, allow them to mark off the dates on the calender as they fast and reward them with a little gift at every goal / milestone met, with an extra special reward on Eid day!

Wishing all Muslims a great start to Ramadaan! I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Beautiful Find (Photography) - Lee Jeffries

This blog is usually quite up beat and happy go lucky, but occasionally I do like to lose myself in thought provoking ideas and imagery with no boundaries between light and darkness.

When I fell upon Lee Jeffries's haunting portraits, I was so drawn into the captured emotion and hopelessness in the eyes of his subject matter.

Upon further reading, I discovered that these are portraits of the homeless people he encounters.  There's no sugar coating of the life they live. No misrepresenting their outlook through quaint natgeo-esque smiles behind weathered skin in front of curving alleyways of charming poverty.
This is raw, real and discomforting.

Their expressions throw me into their torment with mixed feelings about whether I should look them in the eye or not, whether I should search for more portraits or not. Whether I should pretend I haven't seen anything or do something.

Jeffries has captured the desperation of street dwellers and confronted us with their realities through our privileged platform of Pinterest.  Wow. It is "Les Miserables" -  Dirty, desperate and desolate.  View more of Lee Jeffries' work.

Thought provoking, dark and real. What are your thoughts?

Monday, 9 June 2014

Winking Plum Product Launch!

Hello Peeps and Happy June!  It's wonderfully freezing in Pretoria and I am so grateful to be able to work from home at times like these.

If you've been wondering why I've been so quiet on the blog, it's because things have been super busy under the rock I've been hiding - a seemingly dark space under which it feels like I've been basking in the glory of sunshine given my good fortune and happiness in the face of this amazing life!

Part of that news is that this Friday, I'll be launching products from the Winking Plum Workshop at the Brooklyn Design Fair, Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria.  I've been working super hard making beautiful things for you and your home.  Here are a few sneak peeks from my making process:

If you're in Pretoria, come say hi!  You'll find all the deets here:

Looking forward to meeting you!  So, who's coming?  ;-)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Learn to Screen Print with Paper Jet Design

I'm back, peeps!!  Some weeks ago, I blogged about Paper Jet Design - an inspiring design studio that does amazing and innovative work, often using the art of screen printing:

I am so amazed by their quirky illustration style combined with their flawless Screen Printing technique as seen in their selfie cards (Owlet Selfie Card above). 

How do they do it?!  What is Screen Printing?  What's the difference between paper screen printing and fabric screen printing?  How do they get the image perfectly aligned?  What kind of paints do they use?  I've wondered all of these things...  Heck, I've even googled it.  But nothing's going to beat learning from the masters themselves...

Paper Jet Design is now offering Screen Printing Classes for 1/2 people at a time at their Print Room in Jozi.

What a sweet poster!  Here are a few sneak peeks into their paint-splattered Print Room... Exciting!!

It will be messy.  It will be fun.  It will be colourful. 
I'm putting on my ugliest t-shirt and I cannot wait to be unfashionably on time! 

Contact Paper Jet Design to book!  They even have a Saturday class!  And they're super talented people making the coolest stuff, so if you live too far away to do the class, go buy their products.  ;-)