Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Happy holidays...

Well I am off on leave! So I will possibly make postings over the holidays - but can't promise anything as I don't have email access at home. So otherwise I will be back on 7th January 2008! Happy HOLIDAYS!!!!

Tuesday, 18 December 2007


I acquired this beautifull pendant at the NEIGHBOURHOOD GOODS MARKET a few Sundays ago... I just could not resist it! It is from SKERMINKEL (I have tried to get their webaddress - but alas... I will have to go and check the packaging at home, as I know they do have a contact on there.)

The key has been pierced out of a fish knife, and the two hearts have been enameled - I just LOVE it!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

creative quilt

This is the amazing quilt Alta made me for my 30th birthday - needless to say I was SPEECHLESS when I received it. The photos are not all that professional but I think you get the general feel. The embroidered blocks are all things that I have done or enjoyed in my life to date - so it really has so much emotional value. So I am hoping for another one for my 60th! (Take note Alta!)

We started a bridge club...
My first attempts at making bunnies come out looking like dogs - but they were everyone's favourites!
My first (and only) house I bought...
My scuba diving holiday to the red sea - which was FANTASTIC!
Me and cycling, which I really enjoy (but don't do too often anymore)...

final product

This is what my drawing ended up as - after Alta got hold of it with her fabulous stitching! Will post the quilt Alta made me for my 30th! Really stunning!!!

Monday, 10 December 2007

positive +/- negative

I purchased this pair of bunny earrings from in Stellenbosch, over the weekend! Really really cool, and I must say I really think there work is gorgeous. I first spotted there work at KULTIVARIA, in Paart earlier this year with a filigree handbag - very elegant & sophisticated! And I was VERY impressed with the packaging - one feels totally spoilt & special!

Thursday, 6 December 2007

rabbits in plan view...

Somehow I like this image that I've created from my ceramic rabbits - ok well traced from a photograph which I took of my rabbits! = ) OK, but I still like it! I have given a copy to Alta, to use as my block in a baby quilt she is making for her sister, but shhhh it's still a secret - but I think the secret is safe on my blog as she has NO time for internet with her new found bundle of joy! So the title of this pic is rabbits in plan view - thought it was quite appropriate as I designed their house for them! = )

I will get Alta to take a photo of the final block - I must say it looks very cool - Alta's sewing skills are great! I have source three cute buttons from my mom's great collection, to give a bit of history, and these have been used as little tails!

Tuesday, 4 December 2007


I bought this beautifull heart with bird cut-out at the KAMERS VOL GESKENKE. It is made by Papierkuns - unfortunately I don't have any contact details.
I really love it, it keeps on changing during the day... Day time it has a beautifull blue backdrop and at night it is striking with the black background...

Sunday, 2 December 2007

fluff fluff fluff

Well I cannot actually believe that the opening is done and dusted. It all feels like a dream... But we are all very happy! We had a terrific turn-out - one could almost not move in the gallery space, which might not be too comfortable, but really great for us! And I have to thank everyone, including Mary who came from Port Elizabeth for the opening (and a bit of Cape Town shopping), everyone who got baby sitters, everyone from Cape Town, and everyone that made the effort in coming! We love you all!!!! ; ) So now here are a couple of pics:

As murphy has it, NO ONE took photographs on the actual evening with the lights and action (somehow no camera), so these pics were taken whilst setting up. So if I get hold of any others I will post them again.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

just another day...

Well I am doing a lot better! The exam is also over and done with.... and TOMORROW will be just another day... that we open our FLUFF exhibition! So still a lot of work ahead before Friday 19h00... but I am sure the time will FLYYYYYY..... So wish us good luck, as I really think we need it (well speaking for myself at least!) and then on Monday I will post some amazingly stunning photos, of course! How's that for positive thinking!!!

And please note anyone in the area, or who is keen for a bit of an outing is welcome! The map with directions is on the fluffexhibition spot above.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

sad & shocking news...

I have just heard that Marianne von der Lippe has passed away. I am in shock! Marianne was my first introduction with ceramics. I started taking ceramic classes with her in 2002 at the John Muafengejo Art Centre in Katutura, Windhoek.

Marianne was on a Norwegian Exchange programme. She fell in love with Namibia and moved there permanently, still working with an Norwegian exchange programme. Lately she was training people in the south and north of Namibia with further crafts etc. Earlier this year I still helped Marianne and Ismael with plans for renovating there existing house. Marianne and Ismael were happy! Then Marianne and Ismael has a beautifull baby girl this year, Nangula. And then she passed away last night, totally unexpected, for no apparent reason, she was not sick, she was not unhealthy, she is 31 years old... I cannot tell you what a lost this is for ceramics, for Namibia, for friends, for family... She is an amazing person and truly truly loved... (photo taken in 2003 at Tulipamwe workshop)

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

more than a glass and a half!

At the moment I'm running around like a headless chicken - and think I need more than a glass and a half of wine to still my nerves! I am writing an arbitration exam on Monday and then the Fluff exhibition is opening on Friday, 30 November!

Needless to say I am much more excited about the exhibition than the exam! So lots of last minute studying and creating to do. I will keep you updated on the exhibition (as the exam will be much less visually enticing) and put a visual report on the exhibition up after the opening. So wish me well!!!

Monday, 19 November 2007

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Monday, 12 November 2007

rabbits rabbits everywhere...

Small bunnies.... white rabbits....
... brown bunnies.... all on there way to the FLUFF exhibition... luckily only one casualty so far...

Sunday, 11 November 2007

use your imagination...

I am currently attending a cement sculpture class at the Stellenbosch Art Association. Must say it's a lot more difficult than what I imagined... So If you can't see, I am making a white rabbit (surprise surprise! ) So what you see is worth two classes, and at the moment the head is non-existing.... so next week the chicken mesh and the head goes on and then it is time to cement! Will keep you posted!!

Thursday, 8 November 2007


Tah dah! Well my bronze bunnies are making their debut on the internet. And architecturally I will start with a plan view...

I had a funny feeling that they would not be as photogenic as my ceramic bunnies - but I think I might have been mistaken... They just need good lighting! = )

So I still need to elevate them onto a stand to give them some status! But that will happen in the next couple of weeks - and then they are ready to go for the exhibition! Must say I am a teeny bit nervous!