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we heart cloth and print

Many, many, many moons ago, we attended a creative coffee morning and this is where we met Megan Smith for the first time. It’s so great to see how Megan has channelled her creative energy and talent and poured it into her new business, Cloth and Print, which she launched six months ago. We just love the design aesthetic of this brand. Read on to find out more about it…

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Tell us how Cloth and Print came about
I adore beautiful fabric and have a passion for print. My background is in Textile Design and over the years I have been eager to create my own handprinted collection but have parked it on the back burner until the time was right. I think the real catalyst to begin Cloth and Print came after a creative trip to Jaipur, India in 2014. Being so close to the historic craft of block-printing and being immersed in a culture rich in textiles gave me the impetus to lay the cornerstone of my dream to create my own textile collection. The name Cloth and Print simply expresses my love for fabric and my joy for print… where these two concepts meet, one repeat at a time. 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I feel inspired by so many little things we find around us. Recently, I found myself mesmerised by the rather arbitrary shadows thrown by roadside retainer blocks, thinking what a great print it would make! But more often that not, I’m drawn to the natural beauty of our surroundings, flowers in particular are a source of inspiration to my work. I find that travel is a wonderful eye-opener especially when we allow ourselves to learn from people around the globe and the creative process they follow. It shakes us out of our comfort zone and broadens our perspective.

Where can we find your products?
Cloth and Print has an online shop where all the products are available, both ready-made and custom orders. I also supply Fabricate in Gardens Centre with most of the purses and bags from the range.

What are your favourite items to date?
I absolutely adore the Clutch & Cover bag which is both fabulous and functional! With a handmade leather wrist strap and available in two sizes, it can be used as a beautiful clutch for a night on the town or an iPad cover during the day.

In just a sentence, tell us what Cloth and Print means to you
Our lives are made up of memories, and Cloth and Print is the curated cultural recollections of my life told in the manner of pattern and print.

And to celebrate the beauty of Cloth and Print, Megan is giving away a tote bag worth R350 to one lucky reader. Simply like Cloth and Print on Facebook here and tell us you’ve done so in the comments below 🙂

Support local, get shopping at Cloth and Print!

— Liza

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cement interiors

We’re still deciding what kind of pod / small space we want to build on our farm in the Karoo. We love the idea of the pod-idadla – although we may need a bit more space than the one featured on their website. I prefer not to think too much about all the aspects of building, paying and the logistics of getting everything up there etc… It’s way more fun to dream about the interior. I revisited my ‘karoo farmhouse inspiration’ Pinterest board the other day and was surprised at the amount of cement interiors I’d chosen. I love the idea of using cement as a focal point in a home and spunking up this very raw material.

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If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, find me here.

— Liza

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bedroom makeovers for the littles

We’re currently at the stage of life where our children’s needs are changing… Robbie has to move from his cot to a big bed. Bailey needs a better workspace in her bedroom, and just a bit more space of her own. So I’ve been planning the bedroom makeovers for a while and I’m started to get so excited about it all. We’re ordering Robbie a bunk bed and we’re moving Bailey to the spare room which is double the size of her current bedroom. Then the fun begins… decorating!

This is some of the inspiration I’ve been pinning on my Littles board on Pinterest.

I Heart Your Outfit

— Liza

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white shoes are tricky to pull off

Over the holidays I fell in love with a pair of white sandals from Woolworths. I bought them immediately, and got the same pair in black, too. Now, I am gravitating more and more towards wearing the black ones because every time I pull the white ones on I just feel like I look odd. I think it’s just something I need to get used to. White shoes are tricky. I found some inspiration online and think that a laid-back look definitely helps to offset the sharpness of the white. I’m going to keep trying different looks and I’m sure I’ll find a happy place soon…

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— Liza

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