Am I the only one who launches into a rampage of doodles whenever I am armed with a colour pen? In this head of mine, I envision myself as passionate long distant -like the 1200th in line- cousin of Jean Michel Basquiat (my tale, my cast). Leave me with anything that remotely resembles a canvas, I assume warrant to reform the situation. This here a hobby is about to be realised beyond my immediate family’s strained-eye peeks, all thanks to BOS Ice Tea’s brand new campaign to get us all exercising the left side of our brain works.

For the first time, since their launch in 2010, BOS Ice Tea is opening their design doors to the public to find a unique design for a limited edition flavour, to be launched this summer. Under the wide brief; “Go BOS!” the local brand is inviting everyone to get creative and stand a chance to have their design picked and produces on 100 000 limited edition cans to go in store in addition to a R10 000 cash prize.

No doubt that I jumped on the opportunity to utilize the BOS DESIGNER online app –which is like, crazy easy to use and guides you through the design process– for a few minutes and added a few key party symbols onto the bright yellow packaging, the result of which coincide with the Ultimate Party Constituency.  *Check this pic below.* @BOS will also be giving away spot prizes to new entries throughout the duration of the competition and there will be plenty of BOS Ice Tea product, merchandise and Kalahari vouchers up for grabs.

Ultimate. Party. Constituent.

Ultimate. Party. Constituent.

The competition is open to run until the 3rd of October and if you like, you can download the template to design in your preferred programme or even my hand and use the good old scanner before mailing to info@bosbrands.co.za

Mahlatse James Ultimate Party Drink Bos Ice Tea

Full #DesignaBos T&C’s over HERE.





I love morphing into a well rounded fashion person. I get to appreciate most spheres of this crazy amazing world of fab things I chose as my life. The other day whilst trawling blogosphere –you know, to make sure that I haven’t completely lost touch with the rest of the world, I discovered illustration that had me glued to my screen for hours. Berlin based Sabine Pieper’s work makes me sooo happy. She has done some rad work for awesome advertising clients, magazines, trend forecasters and even showcased in a group exhibition. Check out more of her work here, I promise you, I am turned into a new fan because this girl is on FIRE!!



Sabine Papier Elle


I would hate to believe that I am the only person who almost always feel like visual artists just want to communicate with me.  This is just what I call a gift to rival all the rest. I am currently fascinated by works of Frans Cronje, fittingly titled STORYTELLERS, presented by 16 Halifax Art.

Using a selection of mediums including oil pastels, acrylic and paper collage, Cronje produced a collection of portraiture where he aimed at capturing his models at that remarkable moment when they are about to break into a smile. When one’s features look a bit whimsical, friendly, emotional and serene.  We all know that such moments are usually preceded with a great anecdote. Thankfully, we will get to know these stories, printed out and sold along with the paintings.

I respect Frans for many reasons. Among many, the fact that he has elevated his craft from working many years as fashion designer and now traded negotiating hemlines to explore other avenues within the fine artistry sphere.

STORYTELLERS is now open for Joburg aficionados until the coming Thursday 24 May 2012 at the Centre Court of Hyde Park Corner.

Riaan van Zyl’s Pulse

I have a confession. (one of many to come here on this blog); I used to think that art as an activity was meant for types of people I would never really get associate myself with. -Blame that on growing up in a household without cable!

Fast-forward to today and I too was once upon a few years ago profiled as an artisan of sorts by a dear, extremely kind commentator. This then opened my silly eyes to a whole new form of creative communication… ART!! I can now hold my own when it comes to partaking in conversations about the outlet. The fun part of theses conversation is when people form opinions about the quality of mediums or when for some insane reason they dare compare artists.

Great news for Cape Town based art enthusiasts; Riaan van Zyl’s fourth art exhibition appropriately tittled ‘Pulse opens tomorrow in the mother city, sponsored by Vergenoegd Wine Estate. -I like where this is going!!

Here below is a clearer description of what one should expect to witness.

The exhibition will be opened by artist MJ Lourens.

‘Pulse’ is a series of van Zyl’s sketches and paintings. The magnetic heartbeat of the world is sketched using the sculptural form of trees and a surrealist horizon, thus creating a cardiogram of our existence.

He assembles contrast, line and structure to explore the vast visual landscapes that challenge the understanding of our milieu. Sketches composed of random lines in space or strong emotive mark making on canvas, takes open spaces and geographic expanses and create strong composition. Following the precepts of expressive minimalism, a conceptual framework is created for the viewer to get lost in.

He uses his chosen mediums to its full potential. Layers and layers of oil paint, hundreds of erasers and a lot of charcoal. In his big sketches and paintings, the forced scale consistently creates strong and powerful images. His engagement with the landscape provides a portal through which we can enter his extraordinary world. Some of his works function as both an exercise towards line and movement – a result achieved through copious daily “drawing”.

If you are in the cape between tomorrow the 17th of November and Tuesday the 22nd November 2011, do check out the show at 120 Buitengracht Road and let me know so we could start our own conversation.