wdc2014

Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme

Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za

One of the World Design Capital projects we've been keeping a close eye on is the Between 10and5 and InAWE Stays' collaboration, creating the InAWE Residency.

The intention was that from May to September, eight Cape Town-based creatives were invited to spend a week to ten days at the very beautiful InAWE Stays, and to reflect on their surroundings, creating an artwork inspired by the Mother City.

It's enough to make you feel downright warm and fuzzy inside - all proud and mama bear-like, to think we have such incredible talent representing us on an international stage. And what brought this project even closer to our proud little hearts was that two of our very own sellers were involved - Laura Windvogel (aka Lady $kollie) and Ed Suter got stuck in and made some very awesome art.

First up, Lady $kollie: according to her write up on Between 10 and 5, Laura was inspired by van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night,’ and as a result deviated from her colourful and fruity paintings - the end result was an abstract landscape of Cape Town’s city lights.

Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za
Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za
Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za
Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za

Next up, Ed Suter: Ed created a photo story titled Arrivals and Departures, using Cape Town as a backdrop. He's apparently always been inspired by the energy of cities, and shot the story of a young trumpeter making the move from a small village to the Mother City using both film and digital.

"Ed, two models dressed in Bantu Wear and one assistant travelled around Mamre, Philidelphia, Elsies River and the CBD to shoot in wheat and canola fields, on an old school bus and at a block of flats, and the results are just as enchanting as the 60s jazz records that inspired this series."

Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za
Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za
Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za
Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za
Pretties in the inAWE Residency Programme - with hellopretty.co.za

This is just a teeny tiny taste of the ahMAZING work that this programme produced. Artists included Michael Chandler, Jody Paulsen, Danielle Clough, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Lucie de Moyencourt and Fort Rixon - read more about the programme on 10and5.com and join us in ruffling our feathers and puffing our chests out thanks to the crazy talent that fills this country.

AND AND AND, better yet, support them by visit their Hello Pretty stores! For Lady $kollie hop on over here, and for Ed you can head here.

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 4

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 4 with Happiness Is...
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 4 with Happiness Is...

Guys. No but guys. Look at these yellow cats. Are they not the best?

Fathima, fellow cat lady from Happiness Is... has done this most amazing illustration for this months #WDC2014 inspired downloadable wallpaper, and we LOVE it. Can you tell?

Download this bit of tech sunshine for free over HERE.

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 4 with Happiness Is...
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 4 with Happiness Is...
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 4 with Happiness Is...
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 4 with Happiness Is...

Talented right? She's so brilliant. You should all go visit her Hello Pretty store right this second!

Check out our past wallpapers over here.

Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk

Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk

I was super excited to receive an invitation from 10and5.com to join the Nando's Accidental Art instawalk last week Friday. Like, suuuper excited. I had seen hints and hastags all over the interwebz leading up to it, and was keen to throw on some walking shoes, meet some cool people, and get to know my new city a bit better (for those of you that aren't aware, I'm a Durban girl who threw caution to the wind and moved to Cape Town with one suitcase and a box of books).

Alas, it was not meant to be. I had my best walking shoes on, I had thrown on sunscreen and all my devices were fully charged - and then I collided rather impressively with a door frame. After a very audible crack, I was gifted with two broken toes and a fractured baby foot bone, an hour before the walk was due to start. Devastated much?

However, lovely Melissa from Between 10 and 5 kept me well in the loop, and sent me all the photos afterwards, so I was totally there in spirit. And then Ads and I had Nando's for dinner, because, well, Friday, and I had just broken my foot.

Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk
Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk
Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk


I highly recommend taking a time out to watch the videos - the behind the scenes footage of how it all came together is just amazing.

Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk
Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk

I'm thoroughly smitten by all the artworks - they're so lovely and interactive. Perfect for public consumption!

Read more about the project here, as well as on the World Design Capital website over here.

Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk
Nando's Accidental Art Instawalk

 
Stunning right? I love this city. *pats back*

PS. Any hints and tips on how to push my foot through a pants hole without sounding as though I've been shot can be left in the comments section.

Hello Pretty at the Smeg WDC2014 Event

We were recently invited to paint the town yellow with Smeg and WDC2014, and since we've been all about the #dailyyellow this year, we obviously couldn't say no. With the dress code requiring a touch of yellow, and the invite hinting at a special unveiling done by Smeg CEO Vittorio Bertazzoni, we were all kinds of excited when we made our way to the brand new Smeg showroom on Strand Street.
 

The Italians know how to do things in style, and this evening was no exception. Prosecco and beautiful people were in abundant supply - as were some extremely liberal interpretations of the dress code!

But if we're honest, the highlight of the evening was the ENORMOUS wheel of Parmesan made for and at the Smeg family farm. This meant two things: Amazing truffle risotto made and served inside the wheel of cheese; and that I have a new life ambition (have my own Parmesan that's made on my farm in Italy).
 

And there it is! The limited edition WDC yello Smeg Fiat. With a belly full of Peroni, naturally. Here's the official video from the evening which includes some of the speeches made (and bonus cameos by two of Team HP).
 

This picture of Scott going to town on the frozen yoghurt and macarons pretty much sums up the evening perfectly: Great food, great company, great design. Many thanks to Smeg and WDC2014! Now if you'll excuse me, I have to start looking for my Italian farm. My Parmesan's not going to make itself.

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 3

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 3 with Terry Angelos
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 3 with Terry Angelos

Yayayay! It's that time again - and this time, we have the artistry of Terry Angelos for you all to pretty up your various tech with.

Download your free wallpaper over HERE, and visit Terry's Hello Pretty store over here - you won't regret it!

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 3 with Terry Angelos
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 3 with Terry Angelos

At the Miss+Meisie Showcase and I Heart Market in Durban - gorgeous right?

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 3 with Terru Angelos

In the Homeology and D&M Made With Love DIY and Styling ebook, available here.

Stunning! And the best part is being able to own a piece of Terry Angelos art free and gratis. Get downloading, and tag us in pics of you and your new fancy computer wallpapers!

 

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 2

We loved last months WDC2014 inspired downloadable wallpaper so much, that we're doing it again!

This month we have the lovely Lilian Fairall treating us to not one, but TWO gorgeous hand illustrated wallpapers:

 

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 2
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 2

1. Download HERE

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 2
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 2

2. Download HERE

Gorgeous or what? It's so hard to choose a favourite!

Send us a photo of how you're rocking your wallpaper this month - remember to tag it #hpwdc14, and visit the Lilian Fairall Hello Pretty store to check out more work by this talented lady: http://hellopretty.co.za/lilian-fairall

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 2
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 2
#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers! - part 2

#WDC2014 Desktop Wallpapers!

So guys, it's no secret that we are privy to some pretty fantastic talent here at Hello Pretty. South Africans have some mad skillz - and we're super proud of being able to support them, see and help them grow, and revel in their general awesomeness.

One such human is Jeanine from Love Mary J - this lady specialises in geometric, linear inspired illustrations that will just knock your socks off.
 

#WDC14 Desktop Wallpapers!
#WDC14 Desktop Wallpapers!

We were lucky enough to have her treat us to a really gorgeous, illustrated World Design Capital inspired downloadable desktop - cool huh!? AND it involves pugs and polka dots. I mean, if that's not a recipe for success, I don't know what is.

So you should all check out her Hello Pretty store here, (especially her pet portraits) and download this super fun wallpaper right over here.

#WDC14 Desktop Wallpapers!
#WDC14 Desktop Wallpapers!
#WDC14 Desktop Wallpapers!

Nice right?

Our very own #WDC2014 mini project

Hello Pretty Daily Yellow WDC2014 HPWDC14 project

If you follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you would have seen us jumping into the spirit of World Design Captial feet first. We all agreed that this is an important year for everybody, whether you were a recognised project or not. It's so easy to get involved, even in a tiny way.

And so we set out to inject a teensy bit of yellow into our daily lives. And as we've been going along, we've been thrilled to see people jumping in - tagging us in something yellow that brightened up their day, or sending us yellow inspiration. It's the most satisfying feeling to have people interacting with us in that way - all of a sudden this small thing becomes much bigger and more exciting. We're not changing the world, but hopefully it brings a smile to the faces of the people who see it, and in turn directs them to the collective awesomeness that is WDC2014.

Hello Pretty Daily Yellow WDC2014 HPWDC14 project

I recently received an email from Nadia, the talented illustrator and maker behind Bvbblegvm, saying that she had made us something yellow, which was just so exciting. Is this not amazing? Not only is it pretty, yellow, and generally fabulous, it imparts some solid wisdom as well.

Hello Pretty Daily Yellow WDC2014 HPWDC14 project

Shorly after that I received an email from Nikita from Didzy Designs saying that she had designed some new phone covers to join the yellow madness and I just broke into a huge cheesy smile. I'm just so excited by everyone joining in. 365 yellow photos is no small feat! We value the encouragement and support so much, and so far we have yet to resort to photos of bananas.

Hello Pretty Daily Yellow WDC2014 HPWDC14 project
Hello Pretty Daily Yellow WDC2014 HPWDC14 project

Some sweet found #dailyyellow inpiration from Stacey of The Love Bucket and a snapshot in the life of Andrea Jane.

So thank you Nadia, Nikita, Stacey, Andrea and to all our followers that encourage our mini project - we'll be sending a lot more yellow your way!

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