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10 Years of freelancing March 27 2018, 0 Comments

I wanted to share some news with you.
I started my freelance career at the end of March 2008.
This marks a decade of working as a freelancer in Cape Town and I didn't want the milestone to slip by.

10 years ago, I was working at a web design agency. I was deeply unhappy there. It wasn't a bad company, it just wasn't for me. It was my first job straight out of college, it was also the only job that I interviewed for.  At the end of March, 2008, only 3 months after starting, I quit my job and started the journey of becoming a full time freelancing illustrator, graphic designer
and thingmaker. I got a job in a clothing shop on Long Street, called Milk and later a waitressing job at the sushi restaurant, Minatos. I did so many other weird jobs in between, for such little money, but I was so determined to never work in an office again.

I landed some amazing clients that basically saved my life, the agency, Cow Africagave me my bread and butter work. I am so grateful to Cow for hiring me at that time. I really got to hone my skills whilst working for them. The magazine industry helped me so much too, in particular, Real Simple magazine and Elle. But what really got me through was the support of my parents. They were not keen on me quitting my job, especially after my dad had just paid for 3 years of very expensive college, but they supported me, regardless.

I did anything and everything to make money. I made little felt brooches each one embellished with old buttons, I sold them for only R40 each. They would take me so long to make, each one, hand sewn. I'd hand knit Teddy bears, these tiny scarves called Scarflett O'Haras and I'd hand paint gift tags. I started a blog and I worked so incredibly hard to, "get my name out there". I emailed all the magazines, agencies, all the interior designers and art buyers. I was so determined. After 10 years of this constant hustle, I don't have as much energy as I did, but I wouldn't change my career and this path for anything else.

Over this next week, I'll be sharing the origins of where some of my illustrated works came from, the original drawings that I did.  I always love seeing pencil drawings and originals of pre-scanned artwork, so I thought I'd share it with you all too.

As a thank you for supporting me and my livelihood, please take 25% of the entire store for the next 10 days.
Use discount code: 10years 
All orders will also receive a complimentary thank you card with each purchase :)
Thank you!

Discount valid until 5 April 2018. Limited to one use per customer. 
Header image by Annie Spratt. Middle image by Keila Hotzel.

 


Florence & Watson September 13 2015, 0 Comments

Our new Florence and Watson & the Sugarbush Mouse book is here! 

I had such fun illustrating this book. I drew everything by hand, in pencil, inked them and scanned them in. I then coloured them in Photoshop. 

Developing the characters and the world of the Sugarbush Mountain was a magical treat. Bringing the world that Rob and Dani created is probably every illustrators dream. 

The story was also developed as a play that went to the Grahamstown Festival festival in July. Dean Balie and Sne Dladla brought our two heroes to life. Read the fantastic review here.

About our book, by Rob van Vuuren:

Florence and Watson are singing, dancing Honey Badgers who love kids and telling stories. The story about the Little Striped Mouse who discovered a unique and special talent that saves her village and the Magic Proteas that grow on Sugarbush Mountain is one of their favourites.

Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse is a hilarious, touching and magical kids show with great music and a feel good message all brought to you by a multi award winning team of theatre-makers.

Producer, Siv Ngesi (Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner) , has brought together a team of  artists that are passionate about storytelling and bringing the rich world of Florence and Watson alive.

Dani Bischoff  (Barclays LÁtelier Western Cape Finalist)  and Rob van Vuuren (Standard Bank Ovation, Comics Choice and SAFTA Award Winner) have written and directed a show for children that is inspired by all their 4 and a half year old daughter’s favorite stuff.

'We wanted to put together a show that our own daughter would love. So we've created a magical mountain full of fairies, dragons, giants and talking animals and found the best most versatile actors and musicians we could (Fleur du Cap Award Winner Dean Balie - Kat and the Kings, Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa) and Fleur Du Cap and Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner Sne Dladla - Fergus of Galloway, Betty and the Yeti, Orpheus in Africa) to infuse it with great comedy, awesome music and beautiful performances.' Says Van Vuuren.

Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse also boasts the design talents of celebrated illustrator, graphic designer and thing maker, Lauren Fowler.


Paying with SnapScan August 08 2014, 0 Comments

Lost is a Place Too has 6 payment solutions. Payfast, Bitcoin, Bank Deposit, Paypal, Cash on Delivery and lastly, SnapScan.

In my opinion, SnapScan is the easiest of the 6. All you have to do is download the app on your phone and enter your card details that get saved into the app. Once you've checkout of the store, choose the SnapScan gateway, open the app, scan the code and put in the amount to be paid. Snapscan costs nothing to the user and is easier than typing in all those long credit card numbers. Lost is a Place Too will receive an SMS receiving your payment and your order will be processed!

Voila!


Buy 4 A6 Cards for R100 August 08 2014, 0 Comments

I've done my tiny baby cards for so long, I thought it was time for some bigger ones. There are Thank You cards, Happy Birthday Bicycle cards, Happy Anniversary and Flower cards, all in traditional greeting card size! 

Each card comes with an envelope and a little gold sticker to seal it with. All the cards are blank inside and are still printed using the Masuga paper which is uncoated, 100% biodegradable, produced in South Africa AND is made from unbleached sugar cane waste. Pretty cool, huh?

Each card retails at R35.
Buy 4 for R100 until the end of August!
Just click here and select which combo you'd like in the drop down.
Shipping not included.


Welcome May 06 2013, 0 Comments

Hello!

Welcome to my new shop. This is the first online shop I've opened, so please be patient with me whilst I find my feet in the e-commerce world. Please e-mail me if you come across any bugs or if you have any queries at all. I look forward to fulfilling all your shopping needs!

If you're looking for something a little more personal, please take a look at my portfolio for past work I've done or send me an email and we can chat.

FUN!

 

Photograph by Andrew Brauteseth