My goodness! The moment I see KAMERS/Makers is about to descend on Pretoria, I wake up from my busy daze to realise the festive season is upon us. I encourage presence over presents. I am so damn proud of all of the local talent around us so I’m throwing caution to the wind.
KAMERS/Makers market has been spoiling shoppers with local delights since 2003. Hailing from Stellenbosch the market hosted its first pop-up with 40 makers and 800 visitors. The market now boasts with pop-ups in Stellenbosch, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town as well as more than 58 000 visitors. This year the market was held from the 4th to the 10th of December. Keep an eye out next year for a pop-up near you!
We’re not into the perfectly made or the mass produced – it’s about high end true craft, slightly imperfect, timeless and originally designed… that special something that is only found at the show.
Tharien Strydom completed her Interior Design degree in 2008 and started Swagger in 2009 as a part-time business. She has 3 years’ interior design industry experience coupled with 2 year’s teaching experience and has never stopped designing products since the start of Swagger.
And Swagger Collective has done it again… Tharien has added these beautiful leather strap hanging pots to her collection.
Claudia Moruzzi wants you to sleep beautifully in timeless luxury sleepwear inspired by old-world romance. I certainly have no objections!
Hannah Lavery offers a line of elevated basics to form part of a curated wardrobe. A must-have for the perfect sustainable capsule wardrobe.
Founded in 2010 by sisters Christine Buchanan and Louiza Rademan, Oh-lief was born out of our love for nature and the desire to use products that would not harm our skin or the environment.
After a pilgrimage to Indonesia in 2014, young married couple Stuart and Makeeda Swan brought back from their adventures a fresh outlook on life, and instead of joining the rat-race they decided to create a business that revolves around the core concepts of harmony, sustainability and quality. Bettél watches are not only environmentally responsible but have the added bonus of style. Stuart, an engineer by day, has developed a durable product, tried and tested.
A collection of candy-loving confectioners (and confectioners in training) who all have a serious passion for everything home-made, handmade and outrageously delicious. Everything is traditionally made in a slow and precise manner ensuring an authentic tasting product.
Make sure to grab some of their Festive Nougat, it is divine!
Earthbound Innovative Succulent Design happened as a natural consequence of living in a dry country, and because of our appreciation of succulents that are specially adapted to these conditions.
Their many adaptations result in a diversity of colours and textures, which lend themselves to creative and water-wise gardening. Growing succulents is an innovative alternative to traditional gardening.
The Plant Trader has been a long-time dream for founders Lara & Ryder. Both plant enthusiast since an early age, testing the Ins and out of various plant growth from vegetable gardens to hanging gardens and most recently an absolute fascination with rare plants such as Venus flytraps. The nursery and plant farm is situated in the mountains of Magoebaskloof, South Africa, with various Micro-climates attributing to different plant growth and living.
These little wonderful, awe-inspiring plants are a treat for the imagination.
MiMi Botanicals was born from a passion for nature and chemistry. I have always been fascinated by the intricate chemistry that occurs in plants, trees and flowers. Inside these plants there lies hidden a world of powerful ingredients, that when harvested in a sustainable manner and utilized in a respectful manner, can benefit your body, mind and soul.
Dayfeels is the creative sobriquet of a South African artist and photographer, Amor Coetzee. Amor grew up in a small Eastern Cape seaside town, Gonubie and later moved to the beautiful city of Cape Town where she has been living and working for the past 6 years.
The inspiration for her work stems from a deep appreciation for the landscape, the ocean and the properties of water. These elements have had the most significant influence on her current artworks. The hues, ripples and reflections, the immense power and the calm. It is her muse. Amor is very drawn to a clean and muted aesthetic and work through a process of elimination, starting out with a lot of detail and removing bit by bit until only the very essence remains. Her work tries to communicate a sense of calm, as subtle as susurrus.
Wass has been inspired by the seasons, Winter, Autumn, Summer, and Spring. Enhancing your skin and mind’s natural state with the purity of natural essential oils and staying grounded in the present through hectic and rushed days.
The skin requires different elements and care to breathe and heal for radiance and purity. Wass supports these elements with nourishing oil formulations and plant-based scents to stay present in modern, fast-paced environments where taking time and care of yourself has become rushed.
Greyroom handwoven rugs are made with natural, raw Karakul wool and woven by owner Jonette Schoeman herself. This is the epitomy of care and consideration. Something to warmly welcome into your home.
The Skin Creamery was founded by beauty expert, Hannah Rubin, in 2014. Hannah set out to create a natural skincare range fuelled by the burning desire to combine her commitment to conscious living with her passion for skincare.
KVL designs’ are unique, handcrafted organic and elegant silver jewellery designs. KVL Designs is based in beautiful Stellenbosch in the Western-Cape, South Africa, where all our jewellery is designed and handmade by jewellery designer and artist Karien van Langelaar.
Designer Elske Nel just keeps all the good stuff coming! I first fell in love with her work a few years ago. Her Hairy Arm necklace has been sitting on my to buy list for quite some time. This year Elske has just upped her game again with her Garden of Eve statement earrings and her new Fertile Heart necklaces.
“Nature. I try to capture this by stylising the shapes and curves of plants and turning it into jewellery pieces. I also love animals. I like designing quirky characters, each honed with its own interesting narrative.” Source: Sunday Times
Born into a family of ceramicists, Nina works in her studio on the outskirts of White River in Mpumalanga, South Africa, where she creates fine, porcelain jewellery. Nina’s beautiful jewellery is a sight to behold and the fragility of the material she uses just adds to its beauty.
Pienaar & Son is a small craft distillery in the centre of the Cape Town City Bowl. A stone’s throw from Parliament, at the end of a cul-de-sac our tiny distillery goes about its business finding fresh ways of creating and introducing people to quality, modern spirits.
Nette Rose was born during Meg Miller’s first year of Fashion Studies and materialised during her second year in the launch of the first range of Nette Rose intimates.
“I have always had a passion for intimates, beginning when I was 14 years old. They were always bought just for me; I never grew up thinking it was for anyone else. You do it for yourself.”
MΛRY JEΛN is a South African brand of fine, handmade jewellery inspired by the beauty and simplicity of the bold, geometric patterns and meaningful symbols found throughout – and unique to – the African continent. With our studio based in Johannesburg, each and every meticulously created, and thoughtfully researched MΛRY JEΛN piece is concept-driven. Each collection is the culmination of curiosity and craft, a collaboration of simplicity and symbolism, and a study in rich compositions that inform delicate design.
‘Blankets from Africa’ was born out of a road-trip through the Karoo, part of the heartland of South Africa, where the level of unemployment, especially among the women, had reached alarming levels, with little apparent prospect of improvement.
The heart of these rural communities is the network of women who, with dignity of their own, strive each day to provide support and warmth for their families.
‘Blankets from Africa’ provides these women with the means to create a product out of natural wool sheared from the very sheep which surround them. The provision of a simple pattern, needles and pure wool is the catalyst for them to generate an income, enjoy a community spirit of working in a group and experience feelings of achievement and of being valued.
BENA garments are made with the modern day working women and mom in mind. Xan, a mother of two, knows that being a mum and working aren’t always easy, sometimes there isn’t even enough time to get dressed. So all pieces are tailored to flatter both in and out of the bedroom.
The Shauna Neill brand ethos is deeply rooted in the desire to create pieces which appeal to the contemporary woman wanting something unique and considered, that not everyone else is wearing.
“I never create a piece that I would not wear myself, which keeps me true to what I believe is good design and good workmanship.” – Shauna Neill
In mid-December 2012 the story of the timber bow ties began in a small timber workshop in the town of Bloemfontein. Two years later, I decided to distribute the bow ties to one of the local shops in Bloemfontein, and thus the name Major John came into existence. The timber used is party recycled and the fabric is hand-picked to ensure quality. Thus the bow ties are hand-crafted and unique. Major John combines the ideals of the Arts-and-Crafts movement with modern trends to create unique hand-crafted products.
Drawing inspiration from my parents “rag trade” past and my time overseas, I wanted Woodstock Laundry to revive the once thriving textile industries in the heart of this soulful corner of Cape Town. We want to make “slow clothes” not only because they’re made properly and carefully by hand but also because that’s the pace you’ll want to be at when you’re wearing our garments.
The name Archibold means, genuine, bold and brave, this is what inspired Mark & Suly to start their venture into the field of simplistic & contemporary home decor.
Archibold was born out of the love for design and the beauty of natural solid woods. Mark Buchanan and Suly Kuhn collaborated to create unique tables, combining aesthetics and functionality.
Mark’s great-grandfather; Archibold was a carpenter, this is where his love for working with wood originated from. Mark & Suly have a different outlook towards typical woodwork and prefer to leave the wood cracked and natural. They are inspired by the beauty of asymmetrical shapes and like to work with the imperfections.
All of their products represent their dedication to quality and authenticity.
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