Friday, 22 June 2018

KNYSNA fabric range - Boats of Kynsna.

Knysna is my very favourite place to be when the sun sets.  Leisure Isle has a beautiful dog friendly park overlooking the lagoon and the birds come settle before going off for the night. Every evening presents everchanging hues and tones in the sky.







These images are all available as prints - you will need to email me your size and shape requirements .





New protea cushion cover

Below is one of my newly launched protea range . It's very busy and vibrant and will brighten up your home. R390 for the cover, 100% cotton. 50 x 50 cm.

Here are my more minimilistic and traditional protea ranges. 




Thursday, 21 June 2018

Rural Life SA

I would NEVER have gone into a rural village a few years ago, and was convinced that I wouldn't come out again. I'm ashamed to admit it but it is true. I am delighted to say it is my new favourite thing to do. And the more rural, the more orderly and safe it feels. Children playing soccer, building swings from trees, mothers hanging up washing, vegetable gardens . I hope we dont lose this traditonal culture in South Africa.

PS I am very respectful about taking photos and once I show everyone my work, they love it.

My aim here is to bring the authenticity of life in South Africa and I do acknowledge the poverty and hardships that rural people face.

Fetching Water 

Cow and Tree 
The Goats 


Gogo watching the kids.





Monday, 18 June 2018

Hermanus

The cliff walk from one end of Hermanus to the other must be the best way to get exercise in the world. Astonishingly beautiful .  Hermanus to me is a place you need to stay a while to fully appreciate what it has to offer. Its not just beautiful scenery, but has something for everyone and I haven't even mentioned it's main attraction... whale watching.





Saturday, 16 June 2018

Hshlulwe Umfolozi

I LOVE driving 3 hours and feel like I'm really getting away from city life as you drive into Umfolozi Game Reserve. Before I've reached the camp I have usually spotted an incredible amount of game and birds.
The surrounding area is  beautiful and still relatively rural area. Harder and harder to find!

 A traditional road side store.
 Be sure to stop for a Queen Pineapple!

Huts in Northern KZN are different to those found elsewhere, with more straw/thatch rooves.

Kirstenbosch

No matter what time of the year, there is always something beautiful growing in the gardens of Kirstenbosch.  I found myself there on a wind free warm Autumn morning with the proteas starting to bloom.

Kirstenbosch Canopy with Table Mountain in the background. Kirstenbosch cushion.
Drive up Signal Hill for an uninterrupted view of Table Mountain . Pack a picnic and watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean with Robben Island straight ahead. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

Kenton On Sea

If you've been there, then you may agree with me that it may well be the best kept secret in South Africa, bordered by those two big beautiful Cape tidal  rivers full of fish, the lazy afternoon walks along Bushmens river to Shelly Beach  - usually after a lunch of fish and chips and mealies.

I have a large range of Kenton-on-Sea cards, cushions and pouches. Below is my "Shelley Beach" (or Bay) pouch.


And some cards or prints of my favourite parts of Kenton.




Cards





 At the Bushmens River Mouth you will see plenty of Oyster Catchers hopping about the rocks.

 Carriage Rock


Beautiful white sand dunes


Above is a typical traditional Xhosa  homestead in nearby village

My Story



I love it here.

Shop All Ready!

My online website up and running.
"I love it here" doing so well in the shops and my aim is to keep it small and special.
Here are a few of my favourite products..

                                Paternoster
Nguni mom and babyy

Karoo

 Cow and Tree
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Gogo and the kids   - A very typical day of life in Rural South Africa
Oyster catchers - if you walk along a rocky coast of the Cape , you will see this beautiful now endangered bird happily hopping around looking for Oysters. 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Namibia - where I drew my inspiration

So as a fabric designer, naturally I wanted to make some beautiful fabric and cushions or "namibie Kussen" for anyone who had been there and loved it.

SO I have a range... and hopefully it does justice.
Here are some more cushions (or canvas or prints) and the story behind...





I have lots more to share of my travels to Namibia and very awesome places to stay, and the places are generally very special without blowing the budget in a way you don't need to .

Traveling around Namibia

A few years ago I set off on a drive to Namibia. I had never been before and had only heard "Namibia will take your breath away". And it certainly did. What struck me the most, was how in the landscape of soft hues and gentle tints of colour, a simple tree or Oryx stands out so beautifully.  You want to stop every kilometre to photograph a new everchanging landscape.

We drove from Johannesburg via Augrabies . DO make a stop at the QUIVER TREE forest. Magnificent. I love trees, and one thing about Namibia , they are all different ... and interesting!



The Quiver Tree Forest makes for beautiful Black and White images...


We couldn't believe this old sign, a real "sign of the times "
 First Night was at Fish River Canyon, where we stayed nearby in these stunning cave rooms.
Pack a cooler box and a chair and watch the sunset at this breath taking place.


We awoke to this sky...




Below is an example of four horizons in one day...
ANd how you are going to want to stop and photograph the magnificent simplicity.










I really new I had arrived when the roads looked like this ....





Look out for the funky vintage car wrecks in Namibia...





I have to post some of those trees I keep on about !









If you would like to know of some awesome places to stay, please email me at info@cathyjoubert.com.
I will most more as soon as I can!