ELIZABETH ARDEN CERAMIDE LIFT AND FIRM SCULPTING GEL

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel

Elizabeth Arden’s latest product Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel is extra appealing as not only does is contain anti ageing properties, but comes with a roller applicator designed to lift, tone and tighten the facial contours of the face and neck.

Coincidentally my current favourite song is “Gravity” by Sarah Bareilles and I thought how apt as I sit writing about this product aimed at firming and tightening sagging skin! When skin loses elasticity, gravity makes eyebrows and eyelids droop, creates a looseness under the jaw and cheeks, (jowls and “double chin”) and lengthens ear lobes, (say whaat!) You cannot fight gravity, but luckily there are other factors you can control, especially how to protect your skin from the sun and a multitude of fabulous beauty treatments, gadgets and products!

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel is packed with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and Commiphora Mukul Extract to smooth skin and minimize lines and wrinkles, Acetyl Octapeptide-3 peptide to help plump skin; Acetyl Tripeptide-2 peptide supports collagen and elastin, Hibiscus seed extract is rich in anti oxidants, plus Ceramides 1, 3, and 6, all critical for helping skin retain water, regulate cells and help repair skin’s natural barriers.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel

How to use it:

Swivel the nozzle to ON, squeeze a little gel out before swivelling applicator to OFF. Gently massage with the roller in an upward movement on your face and neck, until the gel is dry. Using a massage roller stimulates blood circulation, promotes lifting and redefines the face contours. Use over your moisturiser day and night.

I really am enjoying using this as it’s fuss-free, non-sticky and absorbs easily into the skin. I’ve only been using it for a week, so can’t say I’ve seen any dynamic changes as yet, but I’ve included a home user consumer perception test done over 8 weeks in the US on 55 women ages between 40- 60 years old, using the Lift and Firm Sculting Gel and am hoping I see these results too!

  1. 92% of women reported that skin felt softer

  2. 90% of women reported that skin looked and felt smoother

  3. 84% of women reported that skin looked healthier and more youthful

  4. 80% of women reported that their skin and neck looked firmer

Have you tried any ofElizabeth Arden’s Ceramide products? My favourite are still the Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum; so good as an on-the-go product! I wrote an earlier post on these, read here

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel R755

Available from selected department stores

That’s it for today

Happy Monday!

Cath

Ramblings of a Blogger

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It’s Monday mid morning and I’ve been wondering how we got to the fourth of June already. Does anyone else feel like May flew by in a whirlwind? Apart from watching oodles of series, reading and reorganizing my cupboard space by packing away summer and replacing with winter woolies, it feels like I barely accomplished a thing! Another month slipped by and I’m trying not to beat myself up as I didn’t complete my “to do” list I compile every month. It’s so hard not to feel guilty with my lack of discipline and head all over the show for the past couple of weeks, but then I thought back to what I did do in May and realised it wasn’t too shabby after all; here’s why….

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Despite not sticking to my regular three posts a week and being less active on my social media platforms, I had a month of catching up with friends and rekindling friendships. We’re always saying there’s never enough time, but I made a conscious decision to make time, for myself and for others. There’s nothing more fulfilling than being with loved ones, hearing their plans, dreams, moans and mutterings. Women need women, to lift each other up by showing support, love and honesty. It’s so hard to do things for oneself without feeling guilty, not being good enough, doing enough and it’s okay, ( I’m convincing myself as I write this to let the guilt go). We need to do more things that make our hearts happy, be grateful for what life offers and if a day goes by without an Instagram post or a tweet, it doesn’t mean the day was lost with nothing to show for it. I often feel our lives are on constant display, and if we aren’t living up to what we think society wants, we fall into a cycle of feeling anxious and panic where we’ll fall off the treadmill and be judged.

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So yes, I’m accepting that May is over and reflecting back to evenings with loved ones and lunchtime catch ups with friends that it was enough. So, I shall grab another coffee, take a deep breath and move into this new day…a new month (four days in). May the fourth be with you and I hope your June is a goodie!

PS: I just finished a Danish series called RITA , about a teacher who lives by her own rules; smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and likes to fuck, a lot! But her heart is in the right place and is a phenomenal teacher tackling kids concerns and problems. Check it out and let me know if you enjoyed it and if you have any other Series recommendations.

Happy Monday

Cath

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monday motivation

REVIEW: TAKKLEBERRY PANTY STUDIO

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I love pretty underwear so was most excited to come across Takkleberry’s lacy knickers and bralettes, locally designed and made in South Africa. I caught up with owner Taryn King, whose passion for the brand is evident; she shares her inspiration, entering the local market, her future plans and dreams:

TAKKLEBERRY LINGERIE: OWNER TARYN KING

The gorgeous owner Taryn King

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I live in Cape Town with my bullterrier pup, Badger who has taught me to throw caution to the wind, to not take life too seriously and to live in the moment. When I’m not in the studio or having conversations with dogs I meet in the park, you’ll find me getting lost in the mountains. I’m an avid trail runner and like to keep my office-to-mountain hours pretty much balanced. Getting out into nature completely relaxes me, providing me with perspective and energy. I love the feeling of heading out into the mountains with bare essentials, literally unplugging from the world.

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About the name T a k k l e b e r r y:

My nickname from when I was a kid was Takkie which then evolved into Takkle. I heard somebody call me ‘Takkleberry’ once and I liked it! A Takkleberry is also like a hardcore utility belt, (think moonbag on steroids! ) used by superheroes and officers to carry their weapons, which I thought was pretty bad-ass!

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The Inspiration Behind the Brand:

I’ve always loved pretty, feminine things; polka dot socks with frilly trims, floral headbands; delicately embroidered scarves, pjs with lace trims and pockets and ruffles and mostly I love pretty underwear! My wardrobe is a collection of beautiful pieces that mean something to me, whether there’s a story behind how I came to own them or because of the way they make me feel when wearing them.

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‘Some days are blue jeans and white t-shirt days and some days I want to be a fairy with flowers in my hair. But it’s not everyday you can leave the house in a Clown Suit just because you woke up feeling playful and ridiculous! And that’s the beauty of underwear – it’s for you alone. You can be rocking a pair of baby-blue-highrise-knickers and a frilly bralette you picked up in a thrift store in Sorento, no matter what the dress code calls for’.

‘I’m all about delicate fibres and textures that feel wonderful on my skin. The tricky thing when it comes to underwear is finding pieces that are both beautiful to look at AND which feel beautiful on! I recently cleared out my lingerie drawers and tossed so many items which I had held onto for so long because they were just too lovely to part with and trying them on again, I remembered just why I have never actually worn them- life is too short for camel-toe and hungry-bum underwear!

I am always on the scout for pretty, comfy panties to add to my collection. And to be honest it’s a battle. Finding underwear in South Africa that is vaguely affordable, well made and not mass produced in China is next to impossible. T a k k l e b e r r y ‘s vision is to change that.

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How it Began:

‘I did research on producing my own line and there are some disheartening stories about the clothing manufacturing industry in South Africa; the many factories bought by Chinese companies just to be shut down. As a result there are so many highly talented seamstresses, machinists, pattern makers with decades of experience and world class skills, that are now out of work’.

‘I met many wonderful men and women who have been sewing garments for 40 years, who found the industry they had dedicated their lives to implode around them. The disappearance of big factories has meant that some have since started up mini home-based factories of their own, but in order to compete with the big dogs they end up working for next to nothing”.

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My business partner:

One of the amazing women I met is vibrant and sassy Claudine, an incredible machinist, and best of all , is an ‘ideas woman’, helping me shape, visualize and run the Takkleberry brand as a business. Meeting wonderful people like Claudine with their heartfelt stories had me rethink my own purchasing habits as well as the impact I have as an entrepreneur.

Claudine’s dream was to start her own clothing manufacturing operation, but lacked the capital, so I was able to invest in Claudine’s vision, and together we are a rockstar team indeed! Claudine’s in charge of the production team, quality controller, head machinist, and most important, the person who keeps me in check and keeps me laughing. My best days are spent in Claudine’s studio, drinking coffee with the ladies, laughing and talking about our big plans.

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Plans for the Future:

Our focus is on creating beautiful underwear to happy bums around South Africa. We’re overwhelmed with the way TAKKLEBERRY has been received since launching in December, and already selling at our current production capacity, which is fabulous! Our plan within the next few months is to do some collaborations with other local brands which emulate our business philosophy and to stock physical stores as well. Watch this space!

On the CMT side of things, our growing team is moving into bigger studio space to allow Claudine and team the opportunity to take on more contracts from other start up businesses who share our mindset. Our dream is to see the clothing manufacturing industry in Cape Town rebuilt in a way which is is sustainable, fair, collaborative and inclusive.

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The way forward:

I am so excited to come across entrepreneurs and designers who are following the global movement toward sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle choices. It’s no longer okay to shop unconsciously, nor okay to run a business without your impact on your community and the world around you being at the forefront of your decisions. Like all things, this takes time, but I believe we’ll get there.

For now, we have a responsibility as producers to educate other producers; to collaborate; to share ideas and resources. Not to exploit local independent producers but rather to empower them and help grow the industry we operate in. To upskill our people and offer opportunities for the younger generation to get involved to protect the longevity of the industry and of our own businesses.

Most importantly we have a responsibility as consumers. To talk to our friends, parents, colleagues, children about how we can contribute; and to put each other under pressure to think about the bigger impact of our actions and choices”.

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(I love Taryn’s passion as not only talented, but is one of the gorgeous models in images above -HOT or what!!)

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Cath

CONVERSATIONS YOU & ME: ARTIST: Andie Reeves

I caught up with local artist Andie Reeves to find out more about her work, inspiration and her latest work, which is currently being exhibited as part of the group show Well Worn at Cavalli Estate.

How did your upbringing inspire your career as a creative?

I’m sure I get my creativity from my parents. I grew up with a photographer father and model/stylist mother so I was always surrounded by beautiful people and things and obviously absorbed some of their obsession with aesthetics. We had loads of ‘coffee table’ books around and the house was decorated with art they have collected from their travels over the years. They were also always redecorating some aspect of our house and did it all themselves. If they wanted a new TV cabinet my dad would do everything from buying the wood to designing it to making it. I work in the same way; I like to do absolutely every step of whatever I’m working on. I think I inherited this ‘Do It Yourself’ attitude: the reason I started sewing was because I didn’t like any of the clothes in the shops so decided to make my own.

I was also sent to a Montessori school, which really encourages independence in children. So if I wanted to spend weeks making an igloo out of cardboard boxes and decorate the inside and do all of my work from in there I was allowed and encouraged to.

How would you describe the style of your work?

I use fabric, wool and thread to make things that I think are cute, nice to look at and playful.

You work across a few mediums – do you have a favourite?

It’s hard to choose because each medium has it’s own unique pros for me. Sewing is my favourite because I get to wear the thing I make afterwards, embroidery is because it’s therapeutic to do and I can watch Rupual’s Drag Race while doing it, and weaving because it’s like painting (which I’m not that good at) but with wool (which I am good at). If I had to choose it would be embroidery because it’s the least abstract; you can make a clear image with it.

Who/what inspires you?

I would love to say nature and the great outdoors, but it’s mainly technology, the internet and nostalgia. Also going to the fabric shop ‘cos I always go with one idea and come out with fabric for four other ideas. In terms of other artists my favourite Instagrams to follow for inspiration are: Keiko Vogel for her insanely cute quilts, the brand Lazy Oaf’s clothing, Smitten by Pattern make amazing textiles, and this Barcelona-based weaving company called Chinchilla is so lovely.

Memes and internet culture are often present in your work. Does this play a major role in your thought pattern when deciding on a project or does it transpire while working? And what does it mean to you?

I think that’s the kind of imagery I’m drawn to and find interesting so that’s why it comes up in my work. It’s not too thought-out. I spend most of my time equally divided between making things and mindlessly scrolling the internet so it makes sense that the two come together I guess. I like to make things that I find a bit funny and/or nostalgic. To me there is something very satisfying about combining old things with new things.

I am wary of being what I would consider corny though. There are lots of people who do stuff like cross-stitch rap lyrics into twee floral hoops or just embroider a nostalgic cartoon character. I like to think the things I make are more witty and less embarrassing..!

You currently have a quilt and tapestry showing at the Well Worn exhibition at Cavalli Wine Estate – tell us how this came about and what thought process went into your two pieces.

I’ve been wanting to do a quilt for a while so when the invitation to participate in the exhibition came through I knew should make one for it. Because the kind of images I’m interested in are often nostalgic or childish it made sense to do my take on a classic children’s quilt. The panels are different scenes people from my generation will probably recognise from their childhood, like Richard Scarry drawings, The Simpsons, Enid Blyton’s stories, The Sims and E.H. Shepherd’s illustrations of Winnie the Pooh. Then I altered all the images slightly in Photoshop, printed the fabric and sewed up the quilt. Also the floral fabric used between the panels is a print I made using the Android version of flower emojis. It’s all one big combination of the internet and images from childhood.

The tapestry is a portrait of my housemate and best friend Sitaara. It took FOREVER to make. I didn’t anticipate that but I guess it makes the piece more special because it’s of her in Snapchat, where photos only last for 10 seconds before disappearing forever. I didn’t think of this when making it, Sitaara pointed it out afterwards and I was like ‘Oh yes, that sounds quite good and clever’. I just thought it looked funny.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

I am having my first solo exhibition at The Raptor Room from the 3rd of May for a month (the launch is on First Thursdays). I’ve already got a massive embroidery that’s always up at The Raptor Room, and am working on another permanent fixture for them. It’s going to be more of a sculpture and should be going up in June! Besides that I’m doing my day job (being a freelance writer), finishing my Montessori teacher training and also my second year of my BEd in Early Childhood Development.

For more information on Andie Reeves follow her on Instagram, Twitter and see more of her work here. Her next exhibition will be at The Raptor Room on Roeland Street on the 3rd of May.

CACTI LOVE: Prickly delights

Water is on our lips in the Fairest Cape and I’ve been seriously looking into changing my flowers and plants to being more water-wise, especially when I noticed my rows of lavender, one of the hardiest shrubs around, looking tres forlorn, It’s time to change things up and go the succulent/cacti route, but in the meantime I thought I’d put up some prickly delights for inspiration:

I love this outside space full of cacti and earthy colours

How cute is this bag? I’m warming up to the idea of incorporating more prickly delights into my home, whether inside or outside, they are rather appealing!

Am on a mission to update my denims with some new motifs to sew on..watch this space!

A lovely instagram accout to follow noor_unnahar

Love the idea of recycling tins!

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A shelf full of different shapes and sized pots for cacti and succulents

Cacti always makes me think of wide open spaces, of deserts and endless blue skies

My first few years on earth were spent in Namibia where very little rain fell, so our own garden was a mass of hardy plants and cacti

courtesy Pinterest image

Now these are fab!

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Bring the outside… inside! courtesy Pinterest: wallpaper cactus image

I’ll be reporting on my garden and changing up to succulents and cacti within the next few months, so watch this space. I’ve included a clip showing one how to plant your very own cacti garden – it’s a good start, don’t you think?

Happy Friday and happy long weekend peeps – I’m off to the nursery to buy a few cacti!

Cath

ARTIST AT WORK: HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

Helen Downie has become one of fashion’s favourite artists; her faces with oversized eyes draw into the heart and soul of every person, capturing an intangible emotion.

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

While recovering from cancer in 2013, Helen picked up a paintbrush again, something she hadn’t done for 33 years. Her first painting was of a girl standing outside a chocolate shop in Italy, which she disliked so much she tore it up, but luckily, she had taken a snap of it and at the insistence of her son’s friend, uploaded it to her Instagram account, called the unskilled worker, a handle referring to her lack of formal training.

Her paintings of New York kids and young skinheads caught the attention of renowned photographer Nick Knight, who invited her to be part of a fashion website of his called SHOWstudio. It was during this time she was inspired by Alessandro Michele‘s first Gucci menswear show where, “I wanted it all: the high neck ruffles, the deep red silk shirt”, she said. She promptly ran upstairs to paint “Oh, to be a Boy!’. That painting, which now hangs on the wall of Alessandro’s, was the turning point for her. She was invited by the creative director to interpret his A/W15 collection and has since then created 35 works for a sponsored Gucci exhibition in Shanghai. If you go onto her website here, you can download a special work Helen created of the Gucci Unskilled Worker Dreaming in high or low res format.

Helen now paints in between her house in Wimbeldon or in sunny Italy! Follow her on the links below:

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

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SUGAR & VICE: and all things nice

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When Natalie van Dijk (nee Vice) was retrenched a few years back, instead of admitting defeat, she embraced her freedom to follow her lifelong dream of running her own business incorporating her creative talents and SUGAR & VICE was born.

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

SUGAR & VICE

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

” At Sugar & Vice we’re all about a more beautiful life. We create & curate an exclusive selection of bespoke lifestyle products, homeware & apparel, all handcrafted by South African artisans & ethically sourced,’ says Natalie owner and designer.

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

“We illustrate and design our own products, collaborate with other makers to bring you gift solutions and curate exclusive products by fellow artisans.”

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

“All Sugar & Vice products are handmade in Cape Town. The growth and development of the local creative industry is of key importance to the brand.”

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White rabbits white rabbits! i love these!

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

I can think of a few peeps who would love this mug!

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

All SUGAR & VICE products are sold online here. To find out more on this incredibly talented lady, follow her here:

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Happy Monday peeps!!

cath

Origami Artist Ross Symons: White on Rice

WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

Ross SYMONS WHITE ON RICE

Cape Town based Ross Symons has taken Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding into a full time business for himself. What started as a personal project of making one origami piece consecutively for 365 days saw his Instagram account jump from 200 followers to 100 000+ in just over 18 months. Collaborations with prestigious brands like Christian Dior, Adidas, Red Bull and many more allowed him to leave his 9 to 5 job and start his own successful business including stills photography, animations and stop-frame films featuring his origami creations.

I caught up with Ross to find out more about himself and his work:

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“Origami is special because it can be made from any scrap of paper. You use the resources around you and turn them into an abstraction of something physical. That’s magic.” – Ross Symons

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Where did the fascination with Origami come from and were you one of those kids making paper aeroplanes in the classroom?

I was the kid in the classroom doing anything that didn’t involve what I was supposed to be doing, but my fascination with origami only came later when I was about 22.

My brother was busy with a project while he was studying at Vega Design School and he asked me to fold a crane for the project. I folded that crane and just never stopped. It became a cheeky party trick to impress whoever was around.

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The crane was the first origami piece you made; is it the easiest piece to create?

The crane is actually not the easiest piece to fold as it uses quite a few of the origami techniques like a mountain, valley, petal and reverse folds. It’s the simplest most recognisable form of origami so maybe that makes it special.

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Japanese Americans have adopted the Senbazuru into their wedding celebrations to bestow blessings for a long harmonious marriage; has anyone ever asked you to make 1000 cranes for their wedding?

I have been asked a few times to fold 1000 cranes for a wedding, but I have had to sadly turn down those requests as it would take too much time to fold 1000 of anything 🙂

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When you took on your personal project in creating one origami piece a day for a year in 2014, how far forward did you plan?

I tried to plan as far ahead a possible. I set a weekly theme which made it easier to plan. Week 17 – Dragons, Week 18, Flowers etc. This made it easier to find designs for a single theme. And yes, I definitely did a few on a single day. Life happens every day so if you can plan a little and do as much as possible in one day, you don’t get stressed out when you’re busy doing real work or you have family commitments. So a schedule is very important for something like this. For me it was about posting something every day more than folding every day.

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When you got a call from Christian Dior offices did your heart skip a beat? Tell us more about this collaboration

Definitely! At that stage everything that was happening was so new and strange and the idea of working with a brand like that had never crossed my mind. So it was a surreal moment.

I was asked to create two short stop motion animations to promote a Dior event happening in Japan. It was not my best work but it gave me great confidence in what I was doing and also allowed me to put a name like Christian Dior on my portfolio list.

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You’ve done a lot of collaborations doing origami installations and stop-motion animations etc. One was for Red Bull and their paper wings project: what did this entail?

I have worked with a few brands and Red Bull was definitely one of the coolest. I was asked to create some social media content leading up to the Paper Wings challenge, which was a paper jet throwing competition. I was also part of the judging team who decided which contestants would go through to the next round.

WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

You use a thicker paper to resonate with bulls skin, wetting the paper to make it more compliant – was this for this project and how big were these bulls?

The bull I folded for them was just for the content and it was about palm size. Wet folding is a technique used to make the paper a bit more pliable and when the paper dries it makes it look more organic. You simply dampen the paper to make it slightly softer and keep it moist until you’re done folding.

WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

Your other half Nikki Albertyn is co-owner of the wonderful online patisserie LionHeart. Have you done any collaborations with them?

Yes, I have done collaborations with Lion Heart and with Nikki. In fact, one of the first pieces of origami social media content I ever create was with Nikki. We wanted to get tickets for an event hosted by 5Gum. We each bought a whole bunch of 5 gum packs, ate all the gum and kept the wrappers to fold origami cranes. This is the result:

https://twitter.com/white_onrice/status/321322050054664192

And we got 2 tickets! 🙂

We also did a piece for Elle Decoration which was for breast cancer awareness: http://elledecoration.co.za/creating-creative-awareness/ among other pieces.

The latest one was for the new 365 miniature origami project I’m currently busy with: https://www.instagram.com/p/Be9xFGiFieD/?taken-by=white_onrice

WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

Do you work on your own or does your company include like minded origami makers?

I work alone in my studio most of the time but I have partnered with a company which assist with the business/marketing side of things. And when I have large projects where we need to fold 500+ origami figures I have a NGO company called Origami for Africa who helps out. This is a non-profit company run by a lady named Kyoko who teaches underprivileged kids all about origami and mindfulness. Kyoko is one of the kindest, most helpful human beings on the planet and she has helped me get to where I am today.

WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

What are the first two things you do at the start of your workday?

My work days vary but I try be at my studio around 9am and whatever needs doing, I do. I don’t really stick to a schedule and just finish whatever is most important as soon as possible so I can move onto the next thing. I am a focused person and I work quickly. I don’t dwell on perfection but I make sure that what leaves the studio is good creative work that I am proud of and that people will respond to.

WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

Favourite city?

Tokyo.

WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

An inspiring quote or life rule?

“Please ensure your mask is securely fastened before you assist the person sitting next to you”.

WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

10. What superpower would you choose?

The ability to fly.

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Something extraordinary that no-one knows about you?

I used be a radio presenter when I was living in Johannesburg.

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WHITE ON RICE ORIGAMI ARTIST

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HOME SWEET HOME: Creating a mindful space

Last year felt I was barely keeping my head above water, fighting inner demons with personal issues, but taking three weeks off in December renewed my spirits. Staying home instead of going away was the best idea so our house could get some well-needed love and attention to rekindle the happy feeling I used to have while hanging out at home by creating a relaxing corner just for me!

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I tend to gallop through my day getting work done, grabbing a coffee and on the move again, forgetting to really breathe and be in the moment. Bath time was a daily ritual of lighting candles, putting on music and taking a long hot soak, but what with Cape Town’s water crisis those leisurely bath days are over, so I’ve created a space to relax, roll down my yoga mat, light a few candles and incense to contemplate life, love and everything.

It’s such a simple way of making time to feel whole and energised again. I thought about joining a yoga studio or pilates down the road, but the hours don’t coincide with work and doing a class at the end of a work day is too exhausting to contemplate, so making a space at home seemed to be the obvious choice. I’m an early riser so taking thirty to forty minutes for meditation and yoga is not too hard; whether I manage to keep this up during winter is another story, but for now, this is good. Sometimes it’s really hard to still the mind with it wandering all over the show, but it helps to come back to the breath and not beat myself up about not being a “good” meditator. Meditation has helped me observe the awareness of my demons, to focus on being optimistic and mindful of others and myself; we tend to forget about looking after our own needs, dreams and desires so this year it’s time to be kinder and gentler to ourselves, to accept who we are and know that it is enough. I am enough.

Do you have a space to unwind for yourself? Whether it’s sitting on a chair looking out the window or drinking a cuppa, we should all take a little time to be more mindful, to feel whole and ready to conquer each day. By practicing meditation I’ve learnt to be more patient and not to take things so damn personally. We have a new President, which certainly makes for happier times – so happy day and I hope its a fabulous week ahead!

PHOTOGRAPHY: IAN REEVES

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