Riverine Rabbit

This is the story of the Riverine rabbit, also known as the Oewerkonyn in Afrikaans. This beautiful little animal is one of the most endangered mammals in the world, with only 500 adults and 1500 overall still alive.

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Contours of Cape Town

This vast space and peace is what I aimed to capture through these intricate lines of ink as well as my heart: my unequivocal love for this city. It’s the perfect balance between excitement, adventure, art of a modern city and the beauty of pure, undiluted nature.

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Embrace

This year has sparked such personal growth in not just my life, but in my work as well. Especially in the projects and collaborations that I accept and pour my heart into. Last year my illustrations revolved around taking a rape survivor and attempting to transform the way she viewed her body through photography and artworks. It was such an intimate process and it’s one of my biggest passions in life. To be able to use my art platform to initiate honest, raw conversations not just between women in general, but to those secret conversations taking place in our minds as well.

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Wedding Invitations

If you had to visually translate my heart, this would be it.

It is my humble opinion that a physical invitation is a gift that you offer to all of your loved ones that will make the time to attend your wedding, travel very far sometimes and most likely have to spend quite a bit of money. It is a first glimpse of what they can expect and a beautiful way to invite them to get excited about the celebrations to come. It’s a costly thing that is mostly ignored nowadays, but it is something that is deeply meaningful to me and there’s nothing I love more than receiving beautiful post amidst all the usual bills.

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Rebrand | Digits Accounting

 

My darling sister, Hanneke Barlow, has been running her own accounting business for a few years and has had incredible success so far. She approached me last year to redesign her logo, corporate identity and website to grow her business even further. It was such a pleasure to not only work with my sister but with my fiancé, Sean Campbell – my favourite web developer, of course. Sean has been building some incredible websites, including my own, and I am beyond proud to see the growth in his own freelance journey. Since the launch the www.digitsaccounting.co.za website this weekend, Hanneke has signed three clients already. Success!

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Jane Sews on 83 Castle

This is a story sewn by honest hands speaking to a simpler way of living. #mysummerwithjane – Amy Venter

 

Hello twenty eighteen. It has been a beautiful break filled with sunshine, friends and family. The final tick off my holiday wish list before I head back to my studio on Monday was to visit the new Jane Sews pop-up shop 83 Castle Street, Cape Town. The store is exceptionally decorated and truly celebrates expertly made fashion in earthy tones. I could spend hours exploring the linen, cotton, silk and leather pieces and took my camera with me to capture the experience and share this gorgeous local brand with you all.

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a purist home makeover

A visual story capturing the home makeover by House of Hawks for Natelee Cocks, two wildly talented South African ladies currently working and living in Dubai.

 

I was recently introduced to the Australian series, The Block. It has quickly become my favourite show to watch. My thoughts are now completely immersed in all things architecture and interior design.

I adore seeing where my artworks end up and was blown away when one of my special clients, Natelee Cocks, emailed me photographs of my pieces up in her newly renovated home. She commissioned two tiny originals last year, as a gift to her husband, capturing their favourite memories of travels and adventures together (you can view and read the full story behind the artworks here).

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Uzuri | an interview

Seeking to move mountains. By faith. In love. With passion. But on our own terms. We remind each other of this truth when the climb is steep + rewards few. – Uzuri

 

The exquisite Uzuri brand has captured my attention for quite some time now and when I found out they were releasing their thoughtfully crafted Summer 2017 collection I thought it was time to approach the ladies for a little interview to learn more about their brand and products. Uzuri is a brand that truly resonates with me personally and the touching story behind the business draws me in even further.

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Workshop | Styling by Matanna Katz

 

Another first for my workshops! I approached the obscenely talented Matanna Katz of Ethereal Bound Journal to lead a styling hour at my Ink + Foil workshop. Styling is something I have been working on especially in the last year and it was truly exceptional to see the difference between the photographs the attendees took during the workshop compared to the photographs during the styling hour. Drawings, or anything else for that matter, are elevated with a thoughtful approach to props and natural lighting.

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Maria Magdalena is a Cape Town based contemporary illustrator celebrating an elegant simplicity through intricate lines of ink. Shop the current collections online or order your custom original illustration today.

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