with a few weeks left before xmas, some are probably already shutting down and getting ready for December. Tomorrow is 1 November - how time flies.
A lot of exciting things happened this year, and many more to come.
We are excited about with love and it’s ideas. It will always stay bright and beautiful, with a couple of surprises up our sleeve.
So I will take you back to when and where it all began.
Realising that our Polo just won’t do the job that day, I borrowed my brother’s Caddie and drove through to Cape Town to pick up all the various things I needed. Just as well because a 100m of velt is a lot of velt to drive around in a car.
The second photo is of when I picked up the fabric from the printers. That’s the exciting part. When you see the the pattern in the colour on the fabric. Before that it is really all just in my head. You don’t always get to see the sample in the colour and design you intend to print.
I took some pictures of things that gets me thinking…
I’ll be showing you some more pictures as to what I’m up to, where I go and the interesting places I find.
O yes, before I forget…. Lilly has discovered PINK! Everything in her colour chart is pink. The pinker, the better.
will keep you posted!
People ask me how it all began and I really can’t say. It was a combination of things…
I travelled to India in 2010 with a good friend of mine and while sitting on a bus for 10 hours (twice), decided that I wanted to start making all the creative things I always think about but never do.
So part of it started in India, another part when I wanted to make picnic blankets as Christmas gifts for family, and last but not least, just because I couldn’t do pink any more. Blue, yellow, green, orange and my beloved red…. are they not colours? (Although lo and behold, pink has persevered.)
So I had these colours and prints in my head - apple green, ink blue, fiery red – but I couldn’t find it in any fabric. The only way to do it was to have my own fabric printed.
With the GPS on my iPhone, which got me out of various dodgy places, I have met wonderful people. From working with the local fabric merchants, the CMT’s (each skilled and incredibly good at what they do), to the suppliers, and finding the most interesting places such as Kwaailappies in Woodstock - these are all special finds that make it wonderful to live in South Africa.
…And then there was the name. Finding a name is not easy. You have to be absolutely mad about the name - otherwise your passion will die a slow death. The name ‘with love’ came about not just because the products are made with love, but mostly because you give something with love. (To me, that love, dearness and emotion are linked to a mother’s love… and that is a very special kind of love.)
I hope you enjoy the collection, from what you see now to what is yet to be created.