Casey Polson is runs an interior and property consulting service in Cape Town, South Africa, and she recently came up with a new business idea to launch a monthly subscription box based around interiors and homeware. Each month her team curates a box of bespoke and individual hand selected home items around a theme. The emphasis is on supporting locally designed and manufactured goods.
Fiona Hobson, a retired high school teacher and farmer's wife, realised that many of the people employed on their Karoo farm were unable to read. She started teaching basic literacy in English and Afrikaans on the farm, and later reached out to the local school in Klipplaat, their nearest town, to see how else she could help. This initial action has become a charity called 'Five Loaves Two Fish.' Fiona, along with her husband Rob (who incidentally was among my first Squarespace clients), asked if I'd put together a site showcasing the work Five Loaves Two Fish are doing among their community as a place to start raising awareness and funds for ongoing reading programs.
This business breakfast (a real first for me) was hosted by Lionesses of Africa - a community of Africa's women entrepreneurs and Standard Bank Incubator. Kristine Pearson from Lifeline Energy shared some of her fascinating, and at times tear-jerking, story of running a charity which distributes wind-up radios to rural communities in Africa.
This is truly one of my favourite areas to explore, and there is so much to photograph, from mountain views, to rockpools, to nicknacks in antique and thrift stores...
I'm putting together a series on quick photowalks in some of my favourite places in and around Cape Town. First up - Muizenberg. I could also have called this post 'Photo walks in Muizenberg that don't include the beach huts!'
Having undertaken some practical research earlier in the year, by taking a 1.2 litre Hyundai over the Cedarberg without a map ("I'm sure it's not that far to the other side, hey?") and setting up our oversized tent and underinflated camping mattresses at Theewaters, Bronwen and I were ready to tackle anything, even braai-ing without a braai grid...
Raspberries piled on stacks of pancakes, drizzled with golden syrup, sticky baked chocolate cake, whole juicy pears baked in a cake. Wida Foster, of Cupcake Richard, is all about cake. Not just any cake, mind you. Vegan cake. Because, in her own words, "We want vegans to have nice cake. And we want nice cake for everybody."
It was probably our shared love of the metro that drew me to Lesley Lilley and her candid portrait project, #theeverydaycommute. Commuting on the southern line for almost twenty years between Fishhoek and the Foreshore in Cape Town, it was only after she joined Instagram in 2012 that Lesley began to see the opportunities her daily route provided for her mobile photography.
Slicing straight through a pepper while preparing a meal on the farm one evening, Ella was surprised to see a somewhat petrified face looking back at her. She carved out a pair of beady eyes, balanced the pepper on the windowsill, and thought she could just hear him say, "Green Pepper is HORRIFIED you want to eat him. Horrified and appalled."
As part of the World Design Capital 2014, the crowd-funded Muizenberg Festival was held from the 5-12 October 2014. In the spirit of community involvement, I volunteered to guest post for the @MuizenbergFestival Instagram account...