Picks of the Week

picks of the week

From locally made face masks and an illustration by Jade Klara for vida e caffè to new Le Creuset planter sets and free online art courses through MoMA, these are the VISI team’s top picks of the week.

1. Jade Klara Illustration and ELLO Mural

Local artist Jade Klara was asked to illustrate a beach scene for vida e caffè on the Camps Bay strip in Cape Town, which was then interpreted and translated into a hand-painted mural by ELLO. The fun mural includes surfers, ice creams, sandcastles, crabs and dogs wearing pants!

picks of the week

Images courtesy of Jade Klara

2. Local Face Masks

Regulations state that any outside endeavours require wearing a face mask. Here are just a few options for you to keep in mind, all of which will help to support local businesses.

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When Health minister Zweli Mkhize recommended that South Africans wear three-layered cloth face masks, we began working on a new design – a cotton and linen double layer woven fabric which we’ll be using as a lining, essentially creating 3 layer mask using two pieces of cloth. Double cloths are a style of weaving where two cloths are woven at the same time. The face of the fabric is effectively disconnected from the back except at specific connecting interlacings. Each side maintains its own structural integrity and can be identified as two distinct fabrics. The double cloth here that @schroederlenore is working on has a cotton face and a linen backing. Once we’ve tried and tested it we’ll be launching it online✨

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We’ve made our first batch of cotton masks in our seasonal MM colours! . Made from 4 layers of 100% cotton, we’ve added a government recommended interlining layer inside too. You will find wire around the nose and chin area for extra fit. The wire around the chin also helps to allow air in for easy breathing. We’ve made the straps adjustable, (these can be interchanged with different colours) and lastly, and importantly, there is a flap inside to fit a filter of your choice. . ✨Now available to shop online, we are permitted to courier them to you. Available for R120, or R230 for two and R315 for three. ✨ We hope you like them, we feel confident that they will slot right into your MM wardrobe!

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Images via @thewrendesign, @mungodesign, @zanaproducts, @margot_molyneux, @miamelange, @ballo.co.za

3. Le Creuset’s Set of 3 Herb Planters

Le Creuset has released a brand-new 3-part planter set, perfect for your kitchen or bedroom windowsill. Available in four shades, the 11 cm planters are the perfect homes for your favourite herbs, flowers or succulents.

Images courtesy of Le Creuset

4. Sarch Designs

Cape Town-based architect and illustrator @sarchdesigns created a series of drawings during the initial lockdown phase, depicting snippets from nature and special places around the city of Cape Town. 

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DAY 9: ALL OF YOU! . Last piece of a free art project and this one is to say thank you to allll of you! You guys have blown me away with all your messages and good vibes and everything that each and every one of you are doing to make days a smidge brighter! ☀️This lil’ project has left me feeling SO optimistic and hopeful for everything that we are adapting to as a city, country and a globe. A big reminder that kindness always wins. 🥰 THANK YOU! If you’re keen to get this free print, pop it onto your story (hey, maybe even # something you’re grateful for, if you’re into that 🤗 ) tag @sarchdesigns, and I’ll upload a wetransfer link to download this evening 🥰 . Watch this space, I’ve got a feeling there’s going to be some very vibey things happening ☀️🥰 . Sarch x

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2. MoMA’s Free Online Art Course

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is making online courses accessible to the public through Coursera. Each course has invaluable information from artists, designers and curators and give some insight into MoMA’s collections and exhibitions. Courses available include “Fashion as Design”, “Seeing Through Photographs”, “In The Studio: Abstract Post-war Painting”, “Modern Art and Ideas”, and “What Is Contemporary Art?”. The idea is for you to complete the courses at your own pace. Click here for the full course outlines.

Videos via The Museum of Modern Art on YouTube