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oli + frank

promowhoopeee! i finally have the beginnings of my new range of pattern designs for children on sale at oliandfrank.com. at the moment cushions and purses/pouches are for sale and also fabric to order. wallpaper is next, so you can soon line your children’s rooms with stripy dogs or scooting bunnies.

all designed, printed and sewn here in in good old cape town! join my facebook page or sign up for the newsletter as a competition is bubbling in my head!

hide and seek….

ehm, where have i been? well rather busy with little bits and bobs

i completed the make it in design summer school where you are given 2 separate briefs according to the level you choose. the first one to create a pattern out of organic decay. ‘ truth is that this brief was very out of my comfort zone, well it would be to anyone who rushed off to the compost heap for inspiration. after apple cores and cutworms i ended up with this pattern and put i onto products on red bubble


i have also been involved in some terrorist activity. pattern makers everywhere are bombing their local towns and cities with patterns.  i bombed our old home in observatory with my latest pattern available on minted

136and of course i had to have a go at the kalk bay lighthouse


but the most exciting thing is that my new range of fabric and wallpaper is slowly coming along. i now have a facebook page so that you can follow me like a well trained basset hound. website coming soon. here is a sneak peak….


a while ago i entered a doodle competition with make it in design. you had to submit 20 ways to draw a something or other. as i feel at one with rabbits, (ha ha, not really! i doodles 20 rabbits and submitted. suprise, suprise, mine was one of the ten selected and i was promised a little something in the post.
see all here….http://makeitindesign.com/blog/2015/05/21/draw-it-20-ways-our-favourites-announced/
now i you live in a country that’s holding it;s postal service together by a knotty parcels string, then you might feel i bit cynical about that something arriving, but arrive it did.
don’t you just love the wrapping paper by rachael taylor? i think i’ll iron it and frame it!!

a few ways to draw a happy face

a few ways to draw a happy face

hardee ha ha

a few weeks ago the cyclops and i were in the lovely coffee shop ‘ta-da‘ in muizenberg after a surf, when he spotted a request for cartoons in the sunday times. before i tell you the story i must tell you that ta da make the best coffee in muizenberg and the most delicious cakes and biscuits and that’s before i even get on to the crepes….

so after a few nudges from the cyclops i sent some cartoons off and heard nothing and carried on my life as usual, feeling like a loser until my friend xavier, from the best bookshop in cape town, bibliophilia called me and asked me if i was the sandy mitchell who’d had a cartoon published in the sunday times….

sunday timesso now if you want to hang out with the not so rich and  very infamous come to my exhibition or else feel like a loser….

the making of a sea sick sailor

ever wondered how my mind works? me too! well here’s a brief insight into part of the creative process.

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a doodle in the car on the way to work with the cyclops


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heads and sailor suits are a good start

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every sailor needs a hat

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and a boat. without which we would not be able to make him sea sick

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his first voyage

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coming together, but to see the end result you will have to come to my drawingrooms exhibition…