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*   Forbes has published a wonderful article by Fathom travel website about Cape Town and the Winelands, describing it as a ‘mix of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Napa Valley – with a little Bilbao thrown in.  It recommends Table Mountain, penguins at ‘Boulder Bay’ (sic) ‘Beach‘, ‘design-centric’ shopping at Cape Quarter, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, ‘Victoria and Albert (sic) Waterfront‘, a township tour, Simonstown, Surf Shack in Muizenberg, Delaire Graff Restaurant, and Babylonstoren.  For shopping O.live, Nap, Merchants on Long, Monkey Biz, and African Nova are recommended.  Restaurant recommendations include Harbour House, Live Bait, Grand Café on the Beach, Bungalow, Bistro Sixteen82, The Greenhouse, The Test Kitchen, and The Round House.

*   Henco J (his surname is not revealed) from Pretoria is one of three winners of the Jameson First Shot awards, an annual opportunity to have a short film produced given to a resident of South Africa, Russia, and the USA by Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey.  The three winners will have their film produced in Los Angeles later this year, with actress Uma Thurman in the lead role in each.  Henco’s script is called ‘The Mundane Goddess’, and tells the story of Hera, the queen of Greek gods.

*   Palm Beach Illustrated writes with praise about South African wines, in an article entitled ‘South Africa Rising: Wine and Vineyard Renaissance’, and how these combine old-world tradition with cutting-edge techniques.  The article features (more…)

Cape Town is bidding to become the Design Capital 2014,  and already has earned a reputation for its design strengths, being the home of the highly successful annual Design Indaba, and hosting the annual advertising industry Loerie Awards event for the second year running. 

Cape Town also is known for its artisic and design talent, and therefore the City of Cape Town has created a Cape Town Design Route.  It is a wonderful asset for the city, and we question why it has not been introduced to tourism players, why it has not been packaged in the form of maps which can be handed out to visitors to the city, and why it is not being marketed by the City of Cape Town’s marketing agency Cape Town Tourism!   It is a shame too that the Design Route feature in the Hello Festive Season 2010/2011 publication contains so many errors! 

The Cape Town Design Route includes the following: 

Monkey Biz:   probably the best known of all artists and crafts, this bead project has 450 women employed as bead artists. 65 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap. Tel (021) 426-0145

Bokkie Shoes:   make shoes from 100 % cotton shew-shew print. Sold at Loud on Long, 43 Long Street.

Amulet:   Gerika Langenhoven and Elizabeth van der Merwe make hand-crafted jewellery.  14 Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof.  Tel (021) 426-1149

Carrol Boyes:   Also very well-known, make up-market homeware and table top items in pewter and silver.  Outlet in V&A Waterfront.  Tel (021) 424-8263

Continent Africa:   A think tank focused on learning about politics, economics and charity, T-shirt sales funding the work.  No contact details.

Cupcake Country:  Provide sewing kits to make bright crafted cupcakes.  10A Jagersfontein Lane, Oranjezicht.

freeRange Jewels:   Marele Lamprecht and her team translate objects from nature into jewellery. Cape Quarter.  Tel (021) 423-1524

Give it Bag:   Make bags from polypropylene bags, in bold fashion statements. Canterbury Studios, Unit 4, 35 Wesley Street, Gardens.  Tel (021) 465-9852

Lalesso:   a fashion brand inspired by the ‘khanga’ from Kenya.  Tel (021) 424-5565

Streetwires Artist Collective:  Make wire and bead craft-art.  Tel (021) 426-2475

Township Patterns:   Cotton bags and fabric prints made by women from Khayelitsha reflect the day-to-day life in the townships.

Urbanative Fine Jewels:   Jewellery is made and goldsmith hobby classes and workshops offered. Gold of Africa Museum, 96 Strand Street. 

African Allsorts:   handmade bead and wire artwork.   4 Briar Street, Salt River.  Tel (021) 447-6976

Design Africa:   Hand-woven baskets, textiles and adornments made from organic materials, as well as with plastic, leather and glass.

Firepetals:   Hand-crafted jewellery with contemporary South African flair. 59 Roodebloem Street, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-2025.

Frieda Luhl Jewellery:   Frieda incorporates natural materials in her jewellery design, framed in silver. 30 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-5757.

Heath Nash:   creates eco-friendly items out of other people’s rubbish.  2 Mountain Road, Woodstock.  Tel (021) 447-5757.

Haldane Martin:   Furniture designer.  12 Aberdeen Street, Woodstock.  Tel (021) 448-0999.

Helen Vaughn Ceramics:   Contemporary ceramics.  10 Oxford Road, Observatory.  Tel (021) 447-3966  

The New Basket Workshop:  Baskets made in rural areas.  42 Hares Road, Woodstock.  tel (021) 448-9761

Mu & Me:   Stationery range based on a group of friends who live on Orange Hill. The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-1413

Imiso Ceramics:   Modern Africa-inspired ceramics.  Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock.  tel (021) 447-7668

Moonbasket:   Make lampshades and home accessories.  Woodstock Industrial Centre, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock.  

Pedersen + Lennard:   Lighting, storage and other design.  45 Yew Street, Salt River.  Tel (021) 447-2020.

Soulchild:   Highly styled fashion brand.  30 Brabant Road, Woodstock.  Tel (021) 448-8777

Sway:   Ladies’ clothing is made from hand-drawn images silk screened onto fabric.   68 Albert Road, Woodstock.  Tel (021) 447-5999

Trademark Designs:  Picture frames made from hot-dipped galvanised iron.   Unit 13, Ravenscraig Mews, Ravenscraig Road, Woodstock.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio:  www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage