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Please click here for the brand new Skinny laMinx website, and I’ll see you on the other side.



For years I’ve been adding bits and pieces to the Skinny laMinx stable of websites, resulting in a bristling and unwieldy bushel of URLs, and finally, enough was enough! I enlisted a  clever brother of mine to help me put the whole caboodle under one address, which means that henceforth, is the one stop shop for all things Skinny. Hooray! Click here to see how it all comes together.

Hope you enjoy the new-look website, with an updated version of Eep! presiding over it all. I’m celebrating the launch by giving away this goodie-filled patchwork tote bag to someone who leaves a comment on my blog today (Wednesday 4 May). Remember to leave your contact details!

Me and my clever brother are in the middle of a big website revamp integration, trying to corral all the mess of multiple sites and pages into one lovely unit.

Be back next week in an entirely new outfit, so keep your eyes out (and sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar – there’ll be celebratory launch promos too).

Unsurprisingly, Cape Town is embracing the endless string of public holidays wholeheartedly. While I’ve worked on most of them, and torn my hair out at the half-days that  seem to precede each holiday, I’m enjoying the infectiously easy-going mood around town. Even Monkey is feeling it (below).

Wait a minute, I think ‘public holiday’ might actually be the natural state of a Siamese cat.

Apart from occasional furtive spoonings of sugar directly from the bowl into my mouth, I can’t say I have any particularly wierd eating habits. I am, however, wondering if it’s possible to have an eating disorder that’s limited to the period between breakfast and dinner, because every single day, the concept of lunch comes as a total and utter surprise to me. At about 3:30 daily, you’ll find me ranging around the studio, wild eyed and wolfish with hunger, followed by idiotic eating of too much yoghurt or liquorice allsorts or something.

And this is why I felt the need today to take a photograph of the Actual Lunch I Brought In With Me. It’s quite an occasion.

Sheesh, I hope I brought the hard boiled egg and not one of the raw ones. I’m off to find out now…

I’ve supersized my Duikers cushions, and they’re now available to fit 60x60cm inners (that’s about 24″, Americans), which is not only a nice big cushion, but is also about the size of a real Duiker.

Find the supersized Duikers cushions in my Etsy shop, and if you’d like to shop in Rands, you’ll find them right here.

We had a yummy lunch with interesting people at an old, low-ceilinged cabin in Churchaven on Sunday. Treats all round.

I”m a typical introvert, which means that I occasionally require a total lack of human engagement in order to recharge my batteries. On Friday I dodged the world, retreating to a bench in Kirstenbosch Gardens with snacks, my endless tapestry project, and a new copy of New York magazine. It was the perfect little secret bower, surrounded by bushes, bounded by a stream, and almost every other possible entry point was cut off from the outside world by enormous spiders and their sparkling webs. I’m no closet goth, that’s for sure, but I appreciated my spidery sentries on Friday, keeping the humans at bay until I could face them once again.

Quite some time ago, I was commissioned by the fashion council to make a pattern using coathangers to print on invitations they were sending out. I printed the pattern – called Hangups – onto a couple of fabric panels, which finally ended up as cute laundry bags, perfect for separating your cleans from your not-so-cleans when you’re travelling.

My Herds print is usually only available in red and in grey, but I’ve made a couple of panels of heavyweight blue cotton, printed with a very dark inky blue, and called them Herds in Moody Blue.

I don’t have many of either, but click here to find them in my Etsy shop, and here for my shop for SA shoppers only.

Ever since we returned from NYC in June last year, Paul‘s been hard at work preparing for his show Tone, opening this Thursday at the newly re-dubbed Stevenson Gallery (previously Michael Stevenson).

I never use that word ‘humbling’, as I’m not really sure what people mean by it, but I kind of feel like using it when I describe my husband’s work and his work process, because it’s amazing to me that this normal bloke I live with has these vast capacities at his disposal that I don’t really understand at all. Whereas I find my a great deal of my motivation in all the encouragement I get from my blog, shops, and the general healthy state of my business, Paul is one of those rare humans who is able to simply work because that is what he does. It’s not about deadlines or expectations or financial reward, but just about the work. And the work is beautiful.

I never say ‘respect’ either, but I’m saying it now.

Pitch – linocut

For Tone, Paul’s been working with the idea of music elements and relationships, and this is what he says about it:

“From elements which are often non-narrative, mostly repetitive and largely abstract, we extract or assemble meaningful experience. In a series of pencil drawings, a linocut and two sculptures, using only line and its sculptural analogue, edge, I explore visual and metaphorical correspondents for music and sound, and their constituent parts.
Like music, the works reward and thwart expectations, as overlaid lines and stacked edges produce tone, timbre, volume and contrast. The works and their various elements evince attack and decay, echo and reverberation, harmony and dissonance.”

Working within this framework, he’s produced three series of intensely time-consuming and carefully-made pencil drawings, called Tone, Pitch and Field, as well as a large format linocut (above) and two sculptures. See all the work at the Stevenson website.

From the Tone series

From the Pitch series


From the Field series

Visit Paul Edmunds’ website to see more of his work, and the Stevenson website for more about this show.

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