Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Workshops and Courses

The Story…

Freshly Found began it’s life as a blog in 2007.  Quite soon it branched out into an etsy store, and then a few years later the online store was born at freshlyfound.com.

We ventured from our online platform to wonderful face-to-face contact at local markets, pop up stores and the Design Indaba in Cape Town.

Change for all of us is the only constant, and so the focus over the last months has been to fine tune the focus in the online store to a few boutique designs and quirky finds, and upscale the emphasis on tutorials and inspiration.  At the beginning of this year www.freshlyfound.com and the Freshly Found blog merged into a single website. The invitation to host the 2015 DIY workshop for the etsy party came at the same time as plans were happening to launch Freshly Found workshops and courses as the next organic progression. Bespoke and custom workshops are available as well as an Artisan Lifestyle Course.

Artisanal Living Course

Enriching the story of your life to maximise joy in your circumstances.  Encouraging you to find your creative core and express it.
DIY Workshops and courses

DIY Workshops

Handcraft with an emphasis on re-cycling and specialising in papercraft

International Etsy

DIY Party Durban

Photo by Brightgirl.co.za
The event was  magnificently captured by Eileen of  Bright Girl Photography.
I was delighted to be invited to present the DIY workshop at the recent Etsy party hosted in Durban by Nadia van der Mescht  at the  amazing Anthology Store in Windermere.
It was enchanting to be a part of this global celebration of meeting and making.
Durban was the sole city in South Africa to host a party.
Well done to Nadia!
Photo by Brightgirl.co.za
Photo by Brightgirl.co.za

DIY Workshops – Back in The Day

I started my working as  a Lifestyle Journalist with Angela Day at the Star Newspaper.
I  mostly taught people to cook
Now  I prefer teaching people to make

Angela Day Untitled-4 

Demonstrator and Journalist at

 the Star Newspaper (1982)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Flower Fables – Intellectual Property Exhibition

The Intellectual Property Exhibition opens tonight at the KZNSA Art Gallery in Bulwer Road, Durban.  Freshly Found is so excited to be a part of this exhibition.  I’ve been working on and off for most of the year so far on this floral piece – named Flower Fables as a reference to the high percentage of book papers that have been used in its creation.  The recycled book, map, envelope and backing papers have been hand cut, folded and coloured with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Photographing the bowl of blooms was extra poignant for me, as we’ve sold our home and have begun the long packing up process in earnest.  I felt very sentimental as I placed these flowers in the beautiful garden I have lived with for the past 22 years.  Even in mid winter, it manages to look beautiful.
Intellectual Property Indigenous Paper flowers
Come to the opening at the gallery tonight – 17h00 for 17h30.  See you there
Intellectual Property Exhibition KZNSA
Umcebo Trust, in partnership with Woza Moya & Friends are proud to announce the Intellectual Property 2015 Exhibition, which is the second in the Intellectual Property series of events.
The aim of the exhibition is to bring together some of the brightest and most creative people and projects in Kwa-Zulu Natal in a display of up-cycled, re-cycled and re-worked design.
The Exhibtion will take place at the KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban from 21 July to 15 August 2015″

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tatham Tour with Friends – Extraorinary Ordinary

Tatham Tour with Friends – Extraorinary Ordinary
A huge blessing in my life is being part of a local group of home-based creatives.  We call ourselves Studio Union and we meet together regularly.  We plan interesting outings too.  It’s so special to visit local attractions with like-minded people

Tatham Tour with Friends

Our most recent outing took us to The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.  It was a delight to visit this significant gallery.  I captured shots of some of the works of art that appealed to me.  I was struck by how the simple things, when viewed through an artists eyes, become artworks.  I was drawn to 2 works by Susan Davies – one of an enamel coffee pot on a table and another of a bowl of beans. Such simple everyday subjects. Bronwen Heath’s Still Life with Butternut also depicted ordinary in an extraordinary way.
Tatham Art Gallery
Mrs Beeton’s French Beans by Susan Davies and Still Life with Butternut by Bronwen (Jinny) Heath
The delightful coffee shop upstairs is a memorable place to take a break. Its beautiful inside and the outside view includes the majestic Pietermaritzburg City Hall – apparently the largest red brick building in the Southern Hemisphere.
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The Tatham Art Gallery Coffee Shop – A wall-full of gorgeous art – if you look closely
Tatham Art Gallery duo 1
Also visible from the upstairs balcony are this groups of metal figures.  They form part of  an urban renewal project happening in the CBD of Pietermartizburg.  and signify the transition and resilience of the city (by Iyer Urban Design Studio)

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The  Tatham Art Gallery is housed beautifully in premises made up of the old Supreme Court Building, completed in 1875, and the adjacent Old Presbyterian Church dating from 1852.
The Grand Piano in the hall upstairs reflects some of that building and the light and airy roof structure above it.

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Tatham Tour with Friends – Did You Know?

1.  FOTAG: Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery

“FOTAG is a body of friends and volunteers who support the Gallery in various ways, mainly through publicity and fund-raising events that provide an additional reason to visit. As a member of FOTAG you receive invitations to all exhibitions and advance warning of Gallery events.”

2.  The Tatham Shop

“The Tatham Shop is stocked with quality craft, mostly from KwaZulu-Natal. There are also small art works, hand-made greeting cards and locally produced books on art. You are welcome to come and browse. You may find something for yourself or a special gift.”

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Crochet Bud Vases

Crochet Bud Vases
These soda vases are a great way to re-cycle glass bottles.  They are covered in a simple parcel string crochet.  The string can be left plain or dip dyed to create a gradient of colour. (Pattern below)
They are great for decor around the home and ideal for events.  Brides and bridesmaids can collect bottles and simply crochet covers in the months leading up to a wedding.  The vases can be filled with anything from leaves or painted twigs to roses or lilies.  They make sweet Thank You gifts for significant friends and family after the event.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Tale of Two Cardigans

Today’s story is about 2 warm and fluffy pullovers that have been converted into cardigans – projects perfect for our chilly Southern Hemisphere weather right now.
A Tale of Two Cardigans

Friday, June 12, 2015

Button and Thread Bracelets

Button and Thread Bracelets – Finally!  The tutorials are up for these button bracelets.  They are a fun, quick project and a good way to use up a leftover buttons and crochet cottons.  I’ve  shown a few variations of colour and techniques.  Mostly, I’ve used crochet cotton like J&P Coats Knit Crosheen or Elle Crochet from my own collection. I buy my cottons from Wool and Weave in Hillcrest – An inspiring place to visit if you are a local Durbanite. 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Creative Collab Durban 2

Creative Collab Durban 2
Tonight is the opening of the Creative Collab Durban.  An exciting exhibition with some amazing local talent.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Creative Collab Durban

Creative Collab Durban
Freshly Found has exhibited at the Design Indaba in Cape Town before and so is delighted to be part of the exciting upcoming Creative Collab Durban.

These Puzzle Bowls are part of the stand decor.  Look out for some new designs as well as the ones you know well.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Delicate Daisy Chain

Delicate Daisy Chain Daisy garlands bring to mind images of freedom,  fun and dancing in a summer field.  The design of these light paper daisies hopefully evokes the same feelings, and can be made any time of the year.
The design is made from paper squares cut from sheets of tissue paper –   An ideal way of using up saved tissue paper from shoe boxes, gift bags or wrapping.
Daisies in the window

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Crafted Book Vase

Crafted Book Vase
This week, I am going to show you how to fashion a vase – not from clay, but from a book!  A bibliographic vessel!
It’s a fairly quick to make, and quite attractive.  Good for storing water-less flora like dried grasses and flowers.   These autumn twigs work rather well too.