Walter Battiss was born in Somerset East to an English Methodist family in 1906, and became one of South Africa’s first and most important abstract painters. He first became interested in archaeology and primitive art as a young boy after moving to Koffiefontein in 1917, and drew and painted since childhood. View his scrapbook here.
Rudolph enjoys photography in his leisure time. He holds a licentiate (LPSSA) as a member of the Photographic Society of South Africa. He has an exceptional gift for looking at reality from a different angle; of seeing creatively. This imbues his work with a unique artistic simplicity. He is inspired by nature, creating images of its inherent beauty, which he enjoys sharing with others.
A British textile designer and a graduate of the Royal College of Art splits her time between London and Cape Town.
Her unique multi-layered and textured artworks are created using a combination of traditional techniques such as screen-printing, hand drawing, painting and collage, and modern digital technologies.
Textures and patterns in nature and the inherent properties of paint and ink inspire Tiphaine’s designs, which are transferred onto luxurious fabrics and papers. Tiphaine favours a handcrafted aesthetic, and relishes the imperfections that feature in each piece. The designs are used in a wide variety of end products, including fashion, upholstery, wallpaper and art prints.
Ross Hillier’s work embodies the soulful, free, and so often envied life of a wandering spirit. He was raised in Cape Town, and as a child learned to shoot a 35mm camera given to him by his father; his work shows that the inspiration and imagination never left him. He is addicted to traveling. He loves the ocean. He is a drummer.
This body of work is a small collection of lands he has explored and moments he has captured, all done with with the sole purpose to create, to influence, and to inspire.
All images are available for Wallpapers, Canvas’s or Fine Art Prints. (c) Ross Hillier
Liesel Kershoff may use a camera and a tripod to make her images, but in spirit she is more like painter. Like Banes and Pierneef, who would take their easels out into the veld, Liesel spends many hours in remote locations, watching the light and waiting for the right moment to press the shutter button. And, like a landscape painter, there is a degree of subjective interpretation in her work’ – Jon Minster (Weg/Go! March 2011)
All images and content © Copyright Liesel Kershoff. All rights reserved.
Illustrator and talented designer Carmen Zeirvogel has been working in the industry for many years and creates out of this world wall designs. Soft, sentimental, Lady like and form. Whispers and childhood.
Our Senior in-house designer, Franco Moz designed the stunning Tropical Leaf collection. These palm trees and banana leaves are one of our most sought after ranges and are incredibly versatile – they can create a relaxed, cosy interior feel, or be used in different colours to turn a feature wall into an elegant masterpiece.
Tretchikoff was a self taught artist who painted realistic figures, portraits and still lifes. Most of his many works were inspired by Malaysian or Chinese subjects that had influenced Tretchikoff during his early years spent in Manchuria. He is considered to be the “King of Kitsch” and one of the most commercially successful artists of all time. His ‘Chinese Girl’ is one of the best selling art prints to date.
Having dedicated much of the last 5 years to walking and observing in and around Table Mountain National park, my artwork emerged from consistent enquiry into the evolution of human consciousness and its relationship to the natural world. The resulting body of work intends to provide tools to connect to a collective perception of nature and find new ways to enjoy and share the natural habitats that sustain us.
As the eye and the technique integrate further, separate strands of interest have become apparent. I started with landscape portals, hewn from notably vibrant natural settings. These intend to be symbolic sanctuaries that yield a sense of stillness and balance that the viewer can drift into and if necessary, shelter from the distortions of modern life.
With the design based work, which mostly emerged from the same enchanted backdrop, the role of the artist is more apparent, seeking to imbue everyday design mediums with a natural essence. With this work the challenge is to create impact with a minimal approach, as opposed to the landscapes, which attempt to create a focal point within large amounts of detail.
Gradually I am learning learnt that if you look at a plant, tree or rock closely enough, peel back its physical layers, study it without intellectualising, we begin to connect to its essence and enter a collective level of awareness. It’s a ritualistic process that sits at the core of my art.
Louis specializes in FOOD and TRAVEL photography. He has an insatiable appetite for travel, and will gladly consider commissions from anywhere on the planet, including all genres of photography. Louis is currently working on the 5th season of the BBC Lifestyle production ‘Cooked in Africa’, produced and presented by Justin Bonello.
Martin Knobel, owner of Digital Xposure Photography in Cape Town, has, for the past fifteen years, specialised in photographic work relating mainly to Products, People, Annual Reports and Landscapes. All images are retouched and colour enhanced ready for print. He also uses photo manipulation on his images in order to obtain an extra, unique, look.
She is a graphic-orientated & colour-fixated designer from South Africa. She graduated with a Masters of Architecture at the University of Cape Town in 2009 and completed the RSP Master at the European Design Labs in Madrid under director Jaime Hayon in 2010.
Soil Design represents the combined skills of two sisters, Kara and Mieke Wertschnig, who have worked, laughed and played together long before either of them found their chosen career. Kara is a designer who has spent the past seven years honing her skills on some aspirational brands including The Foschini Group, SAB Miller and Cape Town Tourism, as well as many smaller boutique clients. Mieke is an illustrator with an eye for detail and a bewildering range of styles that has seen her employed by various agencies and private companies to bring her unique way of looking at the world to their brands. Over the course of their careers they have collaborated with amazing results. They share a love of simplicity and an aesthetic sense that comes from a lifetime of shared experiences; add to this a touch of sibling rivalry and a deep understanding of each other’s thoughts and ideas, and you have Soil Design.
Maid in Africa is a husband and wife duo that create hand-painted fabrics with signature designs, which they then use to make one-of-a-kind garments, tablecloths, bags, postcards and now Wallpaper. Years ago, Andrew and Micha were motivated to help create an extra income for their domestic worker, Priscilla, while they were both still working elsewhere. With their knowledge of silk screening, their ability to sew and Priscilla’s help, Maid In Africa was born. Inspired by the concept of educating by design, Maid In Africa is still in the business of employing the less privileged, and are currently working from Gardens in Cape Town while their two stores in Swakopmund and Windhoek are also still in operation.
Detta is a vibrant textile design company founded by textile design graduate and knitwear designer Berni Raeside-Bell. Born in Dublin, Ireland and now based in Derbyshire, England all of Berni’s knits are designed and made on vintage knitting machines by hand, in the studio.
All of the designs are based on her actual knitted stitches to create cosy, warm and inviting spaces. Detta’s colours are inspired by the windswept and craggy Atlantic coastlines as well as the flora and fauna that inhabit that landscape.
In addition, her love of symmetry and contrasting colours in modern architecture, are also reflected in her knitted patterns.
Ed Suter is a Cape Town based photographer. He was born in England but grew up in South Africa and after university went to live in New York for 5 years and London for 12 years. While in London, he studied photography at the London College of Printing and began his professional career taking on-set photographs in the television industry. In 2006 he returned to South Africa and since then worked as a photographer for a range of local and international publications and private clients shooting portraiture, street style fashion and interiors.
The Clinton Friedman label was rendered by a deep passion for the craft of image making (photography & design). Merging these affections with a spirit for nature and travel inspired the character of all Clinton Friedman products.
Clinton Friedman has a natural curiosity toward the delicacy, strength, and complexity found in both the natural and the man-made worlds. “I relish stopping time in any environment: beneath the ocean, on top of a mountain pass, hanging out of a helicopter, exploring a garden, or in my studio. I choose sometimes to take the familiar and make it seem new, I try to go beyond the surface to celebrate nuance and depth, and to surprise. I see my designs and images as sometimes romantic but never sentimental; gritty but never crude; contemporary but never superficially fashionable. Expect the unexpected…”
Kelly Cestari was born in Durban, South Africa in 1980 and it was not until 1990, 10 years later that he discovered the joys of the ocean when his family moved to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. With nothing else to do in the small town of East London he bought his first surfboard and thereafter spent every possible weekend and post school afternoon surfing.
Pierre Tostee, the man who introduced digital photography to the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour lived in Durban eventually offered him the opportunity to help on a shoot. One opportunity led to another and in 2007 he made his first working trip overseas to assist on a surfing event, an ASP World Tour event. From there his scope grew as he covered more events, some on my own.
A dream that was born from a broken leg has led to a life making a living as a photographer, I will never go back to sitting behind a desk.
The Skinny laMinx collection for Robin Sprong Wallpaper is a celebration of shape, colour and composition, showcasing a selection of Moore’s much-loved designs including: Orla, Duikers, Brancusi Stripe, Wild Flowers, Bowls, Woodpile and Flower Fields.
The Zabalaaza collection by Atang Tshikare is a playful and colourful collection based on Atang’s well known scribbles and doodles. It’s reminiscent of the memphis design but also incorporates his more structured architectural sketches of local building and scenery.
Atang is well known for his quirky design and is one of South Africa’s rising stars in the art world. Atang work has featured internationally and won the prestigious designer of the year for 100% Design 2014.
Intelligent, playful and creative with a dash of whimsy, are at the heart of aLoveSupreme. Drawing inspiration from vintage, typographical and whimsical themes, Ryan surprises with an off-the-wall series of wallpaper designs that is fresh and quirky. The light-hearted nature of the various themes complement the bold bright colours used throughout the range. aLoveSupreme is both entertaining and sophisticated with a focus on original hand-drawn illustrations.
Having grown up in the country side, in the North of South Africa, Ansjah Bloem has made Cape Town her home for the past 10 years, while continuing her visual journey.
She passionately allows moments to reveal themselves to her, capturing them and reliving it at a later stage. She is inspired by all of creation, admiring life and its unique tapestry of colours, textures and shapes. Her work is part of her every day life and through her photos she unwraps the mystery of the beautiful riddle called Life.
The Room 13 Collection for Robin Sprong is inspired by a vast compilation of concepts and ideas collected over the last few years.
These have been lovingly tailored by our talented designers and art directors at Room 13 Design into the drawings, collages and graphics now featured in this one-of-a-kind collection. The Collection consists of the following patterns: Kaleidoscope, Monty, Ophelia, Botanical, Miss Havisham, Deserted, Sanddollar, Indigo and Rain. The Room 13 Collection is made to order and can be made to suit any size specifications.
After 20 years in advertising as a graphic designer and art director, Patricia embarked on a new career in surface design, and quickly fell in love with it. Working from her Sydney studio, the discipline enables her to combine her strong eye for composition with her passion for beautiful hand illustration, creating her signature style.
Born in Brazil, raised in South Africa, and now living in Sydney, Patricia is truly a child of the world. She loves seeking out new global influences for her work, which is mostly drawn from the natural environment.
“I love to travel, and often when I’m out walking I’ll spot a flower, tree, or leaves that I photograph and then research, which eventually becomes a design in a collection,” she says. “Because I draw aspects from nature, my inspiration is never-ending.”
Patricia’s work starts as pen on paper, capturing all the details, movement and shape of her subject matter. Her designs are decorative, with a dreamy quality.
Sarah Corynen is a Belgian designer and artist, originally educated in fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, graduated in 1993. For many years she has been employed in the fashion industry and related fields.
Gradually she started focusing more on the graphic and experimental side of her work and at the same time she limited her fashion-work to the knitwear medium.
In addition to the knitwear she continued making drawings, graphic artworks and objects using different media such as black indian ink, colored markers, cardboard, acrylic colors, etc.
In the past years she has developed a body of work in which applied and autonomous art coexist. Sarah mainly finds inspiration in daily life situations, nature, animals… In all her work she tries to maintain a graphical language that is bold, simple, brute, witty, straightforward and with a touch of humour.
In February 2014 Sarah Corynen started her own creative studio and she showed her drawings for the first time at the textile shows Première Vision in Paris and Heimtextil in Frankfurt. Clients she worked with in the past are worldwide and produce fashion or home/interior products.
Her goal for the near future is to further develop this graphic style and aesthetic in self-initiated or commissioned projects.
Sarah Corynen lives and works in Belgium.
My name is Paula Pappenheim, I hail from Madrid and I am deeply passionate about art and illustration. I am specially in love with the world of pattern design. Hence, in 2006, I founded Pappenpop, a studio specializing in illustration and surface patterns for fashion or products such as home textiles, wallpaper, carpets, tiles and all imaginable everyday objects.
Blandat was founded in 2013 by the Dutch designer Debby van der Veer, a graduate of the KABK Art Academy in The Netherlands.
BLANDAT is the swedish word that is used to describe a mix of material, colour and technique. It represents the essence that typifies the brand, particularly being hand drawn illustrations with an always visible pencil, combined with many textures brought together which result in prints inpired by Africa. Blandat currently produces a range of illustrated scarfs and a small range of fabrics. “Le chique d’ afrique” collection has the nice and nasty brought together, in structures and visuals. The collection makes combinations of organic stuctures with man made items that display luxury and wealth. Prints can be big and overwhelming, creating a world wherein one is inspired, confronted and encouraged to be creative. Colours are sometimes found to be wild and clashing. Blandat’s geometric prints are combinations of triangles & blocks with multiple different structures that play with one’s eye in the most strange, yet familiar ways.
Born in North Yorkshire, UK.
Education: Fine Art degree from Newcastle University, UK, having studied textile design. Richard Hamilton, pop artist, tutored first year.
I have had various forays into fabric design including hand-painting fabric. From painted fabric I started to make soft jewellery, which eventually led me to designing beadwork. Beadwork is a local skill here in South Africa, and the combination of my designs and beading has proved a winning formula. The beadwork continues, but my designs have subsequently lent themselves to other forms of surface design such as wallpaper and textiles.
My inspiration comes from anything and everything in the world around me. From the angles, details, perspective and structure of architecture to the tiniest hint of an idea, which develops and changes as I work on it. My approach is to abstract what I see!
My tool is Excel, my ‘paintbrush’!
N O V E L L A is a contemporary Cape Town-based home & lifestyle brand, which started out of designer Marieke Goncalves’ love of all things textile and her never-ending desire to beautify spaces.
The range draws inspiration, in part, from the organic geometry of African pattern and hand-craft techniques, and from the simplicity and subtlety of a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic, echoing her own design experience, gained both at the Design Academy, Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and locally at CPUT in Cape Town.
Lizo is a Fine Art graduate of the Walter Sisulu University and a Textile Designer based in King William’s Town. His latest creation is a hand drawn portrait of the late Albertina Sisulu on a Shweshwe skirt panel. He’s inspired by a hunger for knowledge that demands high standards and encourages self-development in the design world. “My collection is inspired by our beatiful continent Africa and its diverse cultures. This is evident on the pattern designs I used in my collection and the use of earth colors. The colors bring a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere into the room, the atmosphere we all love to have for our beloved continent”.
Donna Solovei is a little thing. But her work – illustration-based creations adapted to suit different mediums, is pretty big. Hers is a playful, intricate world bursting with life while remaining delicate in its expression. Donna’s most recent obsession has been the merging and melding of animals – an imaginative world of might be’s and could’ve beens where two become one. There is a certain kind of sensitivity to aesthetics in Donna’s work; she employs natural lines, influenced by the textures and shapes of the world around us, to depict her characters. Creating awareness in her own way, Donna’s love for animals is depicted in her drawings. Even as more animal species become endangered, Donna goes beyond the expected to create impossible new breeds on paper – Hycupines and Pythopards roam free in the jungles of this artist’s mind. Wide-eyed in wonder, she puts up on the walls, the things that don’t exist but that she pines to see come to life in the world. Donna has studied at both Chelsea College of Art and Camberwell College of Art in London and has a BA(hons) degree in Illustration.
Design Team creates feel-good printed fabrics, inspired by nature and every-day life on the African continent. Cotton and linen base cloths are custom dyed to a unique colour palette and printing is done by hand using flat bed screen printing techniques.
Amanda Haupt and Lise Butler started DesignTeam while completing their Textile design and Technology degrees in 2000.
What started out as a single stand at a trade show focusing on scatter cushions, grew to a brand that has become recognizable and loved by South Africans and sold across the globe. We believe that textiles are the most widely used and understood design medium because of its tactile and functional nature. Design Team strives to make good design accessible with a positive narrative through pattern and colour – now also available as wallpaper!
Viki is an international and South African based Textile designer with a career spanning 20 years. An artist and floral print specialist with a passion for all things floral, using hand-painted and hand-drawn artworks and imagery to create the final product. Inspired by beautiful colour, the romance and drama of old-master florals and the infinite beauty of flowers and lush foliage….
Willie Schlechter was born in Joubertina in 1982 and matriculated from the Lady Grey Arts Academy. He received a BA FA (fine art) degree in 2004, and an MPhil VA (illustration) degree in 2008 from the University of Stellenbosch. During his Masters studies he was introduced to botanical art by Vicky Thomas, and has since been working mainly within this genre.
Willie taught Art and Design at Stellenberg High School in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town from 2008 to 2016. During this time he often participated in group-exhibitions locally and internationally. Awards received during this period include a silver medal in 2010 at Botalia, Painted Flora in Lucca, Italy; a bronze medal in 2010 and 2013 respectively at the Kirstenbosch biennale; and a merit award at the 21st World Orchid Conference in Pretoria.
A Scottish textile graduate with an MA in Fashion & Textiles from Heriot Watt University in Galashiels and a BA in Graphic Design from Maidstone College of Art in Kent. Adrienne has many years experience working in London and Edinburgh in graphic design, illustration, advertising and surface pattern design for textiles.
Her love for pattern, print and wallpaper began as a child:
“My father was a painter and decorator in his beloved town of Hawick in the Scottish border countryside and many relatives of my family worked in the textile industry there. Growing up I remember the distinct smell of paint from my father’s workshop and car. Our home always had wallpaper swatch books stacked up for his clients. My schoolbooks were always covered in the coolest patterns of the day”.
Adrienne’s work always starts in her sketchbook withdrawings in pencil, ink or watercolour before being digitised and developed into designs for wallpaper or printed textiles in photoshop or illustrator.Her inspiration and colour palettes can often be trend driven or taken straight from her natural surroundings. She loves the drama of bold florals with striking dark and bright colour pops. She also loves the balance and calm which canbe created for interior solutions using a more muted, quiet colour palette. Her designs are an eclectic mix of designs which can work individually or be used in various combinations together.
Adrienne works from her home studio outside Edinburgh and is a lecturer in design also.She has exhibited her textile work with various design collectives at trade shows internationally such as Premier Vision, Paris, Heimtextil, Germany and Print Source, New York.
Candice dos Santos is a Textile Designer, Artist & Visual Stylist. Based in Johannesburg with a National Diploma in Textile Design & Technology, with over 16 years’ experience in the Textile Design and Décor Industry.
‘Obsessed with colour, pattern, plants, and both the simplicity of the modern as well as old world beauty, I have created Mitchell and Santos, focusing on the design of beautiful patterns for any surface application.’
I strive to use my design knowledge and know how to create with only the highest of standards.
This collection showcases an interpretation of selected Fabricnation textile designs. Colour and scale has been adapted to create fresh wallpapers. Fabricnation was established in 2007, but it has its roots in a bond forged two decades earlier when its designers, Jane Solomon and Jann Cheifitz began designing and printing together in a garage.
Jane and Jann are inspired by the African textile tradition, rendered in a modern urban context with its blending of diverse sources and influences to create the fabric of a nation.
Boledi is Glorinah’s praise singing name usually used to showthe highest form of respect and acknowledgement.
Born in Limpopo and grew up in the city of Pretoria, she has embedded her nostalgic early childhood life in her heart and continues to reflect it in her wallpapers and fabrics, whilst her modern side is strongly evident in her furniture range.
Extreme neutrals, bold geometric patterns, careful use ofcolour and simple lines represent her signature style. Being a true city girl with a rural heart, her core mission is to re-define the African design style and introduce her version of high-end modern Africa to the modern world.