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Thoughts on unique art, design, fashion and all things glorious.

Month: August 2016

Korean Crafts

I suppose I don’t know where this blog will lead me. But I never thought I’d be writing about kitchenware. By now if you’ve read some of my posts you will know I’m fond of Asia and design. So the melding of the two is a bonus. I recently found a kitchenware range manufactured by a Korean craftsman Kim Soo-Young in collaboration with designer Gio Kisang. It highlights Korean crafts at its best.


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Kataoka Jewelry

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Confession time. I hardly ever wear jewellery. In fact, it annoys me quite a lot. It makes me fidget, it distracts me, and sometimes it even makes me itchy. Especially rings, I hate how they make your finger sweaty underneath. Even if it’s those thin stack rings. The sweat is real. But, I also know the blood and sweat (literally) that goes into making a piece of jewellery. So I still appreciate a good design. Kataoka Jewelry is a brand that I can definitely appreciate.

On one of my bottomless Pinterest crawls, I came across Kataoka Jewelry. It stopped me in my scrolling tracks. I would wear every single thing designed by this brand. Fact.

Kataoka Jewelry design sketches

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Yswara Tea – Tea from Africa

I want to talk about a hot drink that when drunk makes all the rain clouds go away. When something bad happens who ever said “oh no! I’ll go make you a cup of coffee.” Yeah, no one said that, ever. What they say is I’ll make you a cup of tea, that wonderful sweet elixir. Maybe I’m the only one, but I didn’t know about the massive amount of tea plantations in Africa (head hung in shame!) I found out because I came across Yswara Tea in the latest issue of Wanted Magazine (who now have a new online presence, check it out here). Swaady Martin founded Yswara Tea in 2012. As an entrepreneur, Swaady Martin “has a passion for African culture and heritage.” Yswara tea is African in origin, nature and tradition. It has become a “growing homegrown African global luxury brand.”

I want to tell you their story. It’s a story of Africa and of tea.

Swaady Martin, tea plantations and Yswara tea

Swaady Martin from Yswara Tea, Yswara products, tea plantation in Africa.

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