This little lot has been sent to the printers and is currently being loaded to the new website, soon to be available to buy by you lovely lot in the form of fabric by the metre or as a variety of different products! Watch this space 👀👉🏻
⭐️❤️⭐️ Happy Weekend from Pumpkin & Posey! ⭐️❤️⭐️ I've been quiet of late as I'm lecturing again, I've missed being around students so much! This working from home lark can be quite solitary and I love being around other creatives, so Pumpkin & Posey has been on the back burner for a bit. I've re written a course, new briefs, been hiring staff and finally the students have started. Now it's back to Pumpkin & Posey!! 🌈 check out the site and see which of our contemporary prints could suit your home!
Watch this space as we're unveiling our first, digital-only shoot with the uber talented @kavyatrehan. The @mosko.official singer channels Cher and experiments with the season's psychedelic retro prints. 😎
📸 @arsh_sayed 👗 @yuktisodha 💇 @jrmellocastro 💄 Charmaine Rao Soares for @ElizabethArden #fashionshoot#geometricprints#musician
Such irony that often when you look at the pages of a local magazine or set your gaze at the red carpet at our most glittering of events, largely what you see are duplications of what you find overseas.
We profess our Africanness and rail against colonialism and yet how we live our lives - from our consumer purchases to the clothes we wear - are a kowtow to up north 🥂
And yet, when the west take their inspiration from what they see here, we lambast their cultural appropriation.🤣🤣 Would we be honouring intrinsically African icons like Esther Mahlangu if it hadn't been that in 1986 a group of researchers from Paris found her in Mpumalanga and introduced her to the world through Magiciens de la Terre? Or if a German car co didn't ask her to paint the distinctive Ndebele patterns of her heritage on 🚗 a few years later?
These thoughts swirled in my mind this week as I was honoured to listen to Mam' Esther talk about her process thanks to an event organized by art auctioneers @strauss_and_co in Houghton.
Fitting as we enter this Heritage Month that we pay tribute to those who celebrate and preserve who we are like Esther Mahlangu.
But here's hoping that we learn something more than a temporal celebration of her work because it is in vogue yet again. Let's make it a simple gesture this month to make the effort to support at least one product or business distinctive to us.
In that way, we're not only celebrating but emulating Mam' Esther's example who has not only used her fame to spread the word of Ndebele art but has channelled the funds she's raised overseas to put back, with her school which passes on the knowledge she's learnt to a new generation of African artists. 📸 John Liebenberg