Category: Art

Berlin Exhibition

What an unbelievable privilege to travel all the way to Berlin to share my latest project through Urban Noun at Level EIGHT in the German burrow of Mitte. As a contemporary illustrator it is important for me to step away from commissioned originals every now and then in order to address tough issues we are experiencing in our country.

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Healing Hands

Proud to reveal the final artwork of the series in anticipation of my very first European exhibition coming up in September. This piece resonates with me in a very personal way. It speaks to the power to heal, to hurt, to love or to destroy. As women, or simply human beings in general, we have immense strength and power buried deep inside us. How we decide to wield that power will define us as individuals.

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Top 5 at NY NOW Expo

I am in designer heaven filled with hand crafted artisanal items at the New York Now expo at the Javits Center. There are so many stalls that I am spreading my visits out over the next few days to take it all in. Here are my five favourites from my visit today.

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Female Contours

This is one of my all time favourite drawings, celebrating every contour of a female’s body. Ever scar, experience and imperfection creates an exquisite layer that makes you unique. It reveals your strength, growth and perseverance through every hardship.

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wass

We have all grown to know and adore this inspiring local brand, thoughtfully created by founder Nelle van Deventer. Their hand crafted food for your skin collection of products started in a very small kitchen in Cape Town and has since grown into a powerful brand with expert visuals and top quality organic skin ranges. It is by far my favourite local packaging and the use of simple, minimalistic and ever so slightly naive ink drawings speaks to my design heart like no other brand can.

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Michelle Hattingh

Michelle, this is for you.

As women we have to work very hard to provide for ourselves, our families, to climb that corporate ladder or to run your own business. After all of that, we have to take care of our hormonal, confused and stressed bodies while pretending to have everything under control and acting like we know what we are doing.

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Secular Journey

I am thrilled to reveal the first artwork for my latest collection on Women’s Day that will be exhibited in New York and Berlin. I have entitled it “the f word” for the fierce females that will form part of my project. My first muse, Michelle Hattingh, author of “I’m the girl who was raped” discusses her journey of healing after she was violently raped in South Africa. The journey of healing is secular. She has ups and downs and is constantly striving to improve her body image. My main goal was to show her how truly beautiful she is, in all of her imperfections.

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part 1 – the f word

Road to my New York and Berlin exhibitions – part 1

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An artistic exploration aimed at empowering females that have been raped or physically abused in Africa. Finding a way to not only help the individual, but creating awareness, eradicating the shame of admitting to it and guiding the community to best join hands in the fight against it.

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Nuweput

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward for him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:3-4

 

The first thing I ask when someone requests a commissioned original artwork is his or her story. The more I know about you the better I can capture your heart in intricate lines of ink. This particular drawing as commissioned by Magdel for her darling sisters thirtieth, blew my mind. It was exceptionally special for me to work closely with a fellow Christian and hear their heartbreaking story of incredible love, loss and how they have grown together as a family, as individuals and with God.

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Bridal Party Stationery

Long before I even dreamed of becoming an illustrator I used to gift drawings to my loved ones. It is my love language and the most vulnerable and authentic way that I express my love to them. During the beautiful struggle of making ends meet – the joy of pursuing a career in the art industry – these cards were all I had to spoil my beloved friends.

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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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