Catalogue design for Thomas Cartwright’s solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town.
In a homage to Hokusai’s 36 views of Mount Fuji, which showed Mount Fuji from a wide array of perspectives, 36 views of Table Mountain marks Thomas Cartwright’s solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town.
Juxtaposing this natural wonder of the world and the urban infrastructures of Cape Town, Cartwright references this feature of the Mother City rendering 36 unique moments with simplicity and elegance. From far-away viewpoints to close up, within the city centre and out into the more obscure outskirts of the peninsula, none of the paintings are the perfect postcard image we have come to expect of this beautiful city. Instead the artist investigates angles and toys with perspectives from the rooftops of the more affluent suburbs through to gritty motorways. This showcases an ever-so-slightly familiar Table Mountain and awakens in his audience new stories about what we thought we already knew.
Whilst this mountain acts as a constant visual beacon engrained in the fabric of the city, each of the 36 views of Table Mountain serves to draw our attention to another’s story; other possible narratives of domestic and urban lives. This remarkably beautiful body of work then, despite being devoid of human beings, serves as a metaphor for the varied peoples that live under its shadow, while ironically hinting at what was here before the Cape peninsula was settled, and what will remain long after we are all gone.’
The full exhibition was bought by an international collector.
The Black Sheep Restaurant opened its doors in November 2013. This unique, hugely popular, blackboard eatery brings locally sourced, fresh, honest fare. The menu changes daily (but for a few favourites).
Caro designed the logo, corporate ID and signage, while Niek designed and developed the website, which sports the changing daily menu. The website is fully responsive, and has a strong focus on ‘getting to the point quickly’, after all, a restaurant is about food!
Article by Bianca Coleman in Weekend Argus, 28 Feb ’15 “.. I wanted to go there immediately just because its website is probably the best one you’ll ever find ..”
2013 Academic reports for the Michaelis School of Fine Art & the Centre for Curating the Archive, at the University of Cape Town. All photographs & artworks by students, alumni and staff.
Collection Privé is a range of home, bath and body products that was created exclusively for Poetry stores. Caro designed all the labels across this range.
Flora Force is a family-owned homeopathic company focused on providing natural health and wellness products of the highest quality to the public. Since 2011, Caro has worked on the concept and layout of adverts for magazines and online use for a variety of health supplements. Caro also creates artwork for Flora Force’s brochures, packaging and signage.
South Africa’s leading outdoor store, Cape Union Mart, required a customised pack of cards in celebration of their 80th year in business, highlighting their product range and brand ambassadors. The artwork itself involved layout for all cards in the deck, including illustrations for the picture cards.
Flora Force is a family-owned natural health company focused on providing natural health and wellness products of the highest quality to the public. In 2011, Caro was assigned the task of giving their product packaging the new look that is in stores today.
Award-winning Sweet Temptations’ delicious range of soft toffees are handmade, gourmet, and made from only the best quality ingredients. Caro gave this brand a new look, which includes a new logo, corporate identity, and various packaging elements.
The ‘Community Punching Bags’ or ‘CPBs’ exhibition is an artwork by Johann van der Schijff, in collaboration with art teachers and high school learners from Cape Town and nearby vicinities. The exhibition presents a satirical commentary on South Africa’s obsession with racial classification and underlying xenophobia. Inspired by artwork in which the community plays a central part in its realisation, this project aims to show that issues often not spoken about openly – such as those that deal with violence, ‘the other’, stereotyping, discrimination, racism, xenophobia and human rights – can be addressed in a collaborative and creative way through the making of art.
Cape Union Mart’s technical gear brand, K-Way, required a consolidation and redesign of three separate outdated information guides, which grew, over a short space of time, into a comprehensive, 24-page product catalogue.
We designed a new logo for premium seafood supplier Scansa Trade, along with new business cards. We also take care of layouts for adverts and signage, as required. This job is outsourced to us by Tricky T.
Cape Union Mart’s technical gear brand, K-Way, often requires illustrations of new products, for use in brochures and on packaging.
Vistas is a project about landscape. The project focuses on land, farm, territory and ways of seeing contemporary South Africa. The projects works with the Native’s Land Act of 1913 in mind, and is interested in land’s relationship to culture. ‘To landscape,’ the active process of making space into place involves intersections between historical, aesthetic and concrete forms. Vistas looks to chart boundaries and possibilities of and for landscape. The project includes an exhibition and public discussion to be held at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, the University of Cape Town. The exhibition was open from 18 September – 11 October 2013.
Niek’s involvement included design of an invite, poster and pamphlet.
Our ongoing design work for this charity has included a new logo, corporate ID, and various marketing material.
The Cape Cystic Fibrosis Association (CCFA) supports the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, by supplying various breathing equipment such nebulisers, Flutter devices and portable oxygen cylinders, as well as providing food parcels to Cystic Fibrosis families in need. They also allow for certain support staff to be employed at the Clinic. The Red Cross CF Clinic looks after around 250 children with Cystic Fibrosis.
Genius Concepts is the exclusive distributor of Systexx wall coverings in Southern Africa. Starting in 2012, Genius Concepts needed a strong identity to effectively launch their new product. Genius Concepts has now expanded to include Genius Installations. Niek and Caro’s ongoing involvement in both aspects of the company includes, amongst other things, printed marketing material and web design.
Poetry stores comprise collections of carefully sourced, designed and selected products from across the world, expressing an eye for detail and a passion for old-world craftsmanship, from clothing, jewellery and footwear, to homeware and bath and body products. This catalogue was produced for the festive season in 2010.
Baka Basua is a singer-songwriter hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Caro designed the cover artwork for Mujilankaka, his first EP, as well as the accompanying promotional posters.
Stars in Their Eyes was a project run jointly by a Dutch company and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape. For a period of 2 years (2009 – 2011), soccer coaches from the Netherlands trained soccer coaches from disadvantaged areas in the the Western Cape. Coaches were also taught how to give life skills training to the children.
This artwork was outsourced to Caro by Tricky T, and was created to cover the sides of a pop-up information booth, over the time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in Cape Town.