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When we heard the news that one of our favourite graphic designer and illustrator’s Daniel Ting Chong was taking a trip to Hong Kong and Tokyo we knew it was the perfect time to have him be a part of the Nifty Weekend Takeover. He has worked with brands with RVCA, 2Bop and Unknown Union and his illustration work has been featured in publications like New York Times, Men’s Health New York and 5280 in Denver.
We love his simple and clean aesthetic, with sneaker shots, beautiful graphics and the everyday moments in dispersed on his timeline. His 2,500 followers agree.
We caught up with him to find out who he loves to follow on Instagram, his most treasured possessions and to see what / where he recommends after his recent trip, and spots he is still dying to visit!
photo by: @rowaneva
If you’re obsessed with Lorraine Loots and her extrodinary tiny ant size paintings, like we are, and happen to live in Cape Town, you need to get down to her exhibition that has just opened! Oh the disappointment of missing her exhibition last year, lucky for all of us this one is open much longer so there is no excuse not to visit Spin Street to check it out and appreciate Lorraine’s brilliant artistic and entrepreneur ability. We caught up with Lorraine last year to talk about her project, read it all here.
The 365 Postcards For Ants exhibition is being held at 6 Spin Street and is open until the 5th of February. Open times: Mondays – Fridays 10am – 6pm / Saturdays 10am – 5p, / Sundays closed
I’m sure most of you remember the Nifty Colour Project, and if you do, Meghan Maconochie’s name should be pretty familiar to you because she won oh so many times. Some weeks, like yellow week I clearly remember wanting to use her photo of the dog wearing a yellow birthday hat, but didn’t because we wanted to let others have a chance. At the end of the day though Meghan did take and create some of our favourite images of the competition, which also led to a major spark of inspiration for her too..
During green week she tagged a photo of the Nifty ‘N’ logo made entirely out of green pencil shavings, we may have let out a collective squeal of delight. This was of course a winner, and we then also commissioned Meghan to recreate it in red – which we now use for our social media icons. This was just the beginning for her though, she took the pencil shaving idea and turned it into a brilliant and totally original 365 project – she’s currently on day 70, have a look at all the images by searching #projectpencilshavingsmeghanmaconochie. We love her work and are super happy to share it with you on our blog, we caught up with Meghan to chat 365 projects and her passions beyond Instagram.
P.S. for brands looking to hire Meghan to create super cool little pieces of art, her turn around time is super fast – do it!
We first came across Ross Symons origami when, while going through some of our orders for the day we noticed the most incredible stash of colourful animal origami. We posted the photo on our Instagram and people were quick to point out they were in fact created by Capetonian paper shaper @white_onrice. Ross passed the half way mark of his 365 project 5 weeks ago, and has created the most beautiful origami, from tiny cranes, beetles, camels, the pyramids of Egypt all the way to brand logos including those of Hello Pretty (which took 120 min to fold), Nike, Adidas, Facebook and Gmail. We’re not so subtly hinting that we would love to see an Instagram logo or Nifty ‘N’ pop up on his feed sometime #yespleaseandthankyou.
A few months ago as we were sorting through orders, we spotted some beautiful prints that stopped us in our tracks, we had a sneak peek at the account and were instantly hooked.. @DoorsofCapeTown is an absolute must follow, so we decided to have a little chat about the project with it’s founder & photographer Barry Havenga, about the inspiration behind the account (@DoorsofNewYork), his favourite Cape Town locations for shooting doors – think Wynberg-Chelsea Village, Bo-Kaap and the CBD, and turning your Instagram account into a business!