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Patty Butterworth: What        designers and then sell your    excited about a new colour      QUICK PERSONAL
initially attracted you to     designs for you. Four of my     I have introduced into my       SNAPSHOT OF
textiles as a medium?          designs won the ‘Editor’s       range called aqua green. It’s   ABBY
Abby Milner: I’m new to the    Pick’ list. My friend, Mark     almost the same colour as
industry of textile design.    van Rooyen from Bespoke         the sea on a sunny summer       Who’s your favourite
I am a self-taught graphic     Living in the Old Biscuit       day in the subtropics or        designer? Heather Moore
designer, having started my    Mill, saw my designs and he     the Mediterranean. All my       from Skinny LaMinx is my
career in London while at      encouraged me to pursue a       products are purely South       favourite textile designer.
The Guardian & Observer        career in textiles, which gave  African – I use Da Gama         I’m also inspired by Justin
newspapers in the UK as a      me the confidence to start      Textiles which are made in      van Breda, who has created
production assistant, which    my own textile creations.       the Eastern Cape, the fabrics   the amazing JVB brand of
sparked my interest in         	 I love florals, but           are printed by hand on          furniture and fabric around
design. I returned to South    wanted something a bit          screens by The Natural Hand     the world..
Africa in 2005 and worked      more edgy. Indigenous           in Knysna and my sewing is      How would you describe your
in design companies in Plett   fynbos is a common theme        done by a local initiative, At  brand in three words? Fresh,
and Franschhoek before         throughout my textiles.         the Source, who train women     creative, eclectic.
I opened my own design         Geometric patterns are          to sew.                         What are you reading at the
studio in 2012 after I moved   fun to design, the funkier      PB: What is the next step for   moment? The Journey by
back to Plett, focusing on     the better. Someone who         Dear Abby?                      Brandon Bays.
design and social media.       has inspired me is Heather      AM: I am working on some        What are your favourite
PB: What or who were your      Moore from Skinny La            new designs and also            hobbies? Weekends at our
early influences and how       Minx. I find her patterns       printing on a much larger       beach house in Stilbaai,
has your life influenced your  and artwork style amazing       scale so my fabrics can be      pottery and reading home
work?                          and her brand and products      used for upholstery covers      décor magazines.
AM: As a contemporary          are a huge inspiration for      and other soft furnishings. 	   What’s your most treasured
graphic designer with a        me. She started off sewing      	 I am also working on          possession? Well, I would
family history in home décor   and selling her products        distribution of my products     say my daughter Erin, but if
and art, you could say it’s    from home and has created       to shops in South Africa and    I had to choose a material
in my blood. I come from       a textile empire, which is      I have clients who would        possession it would be my
a creative family. My mom      always inspiring and fresh.     like to import my fabrics       late grandmother’s antique
Gill had a range of décor      PB: What are your               to London and Israel. I’m       wedding ring.
products called “GWizz” – a    impressions of SA home          planning to expand my
resin and wood range of        décor?                          range of fabric products and    Dear Abby Designs will be
drawer handles, coat racks,    AM: South African décor         collaborate with my dad on a    featuring: scatter cushions,
soap dishes and other          products are in demand          bespoke furniture range.        small pouches, personalised
small décor items. These       overseas – for new and          	 My products will be           compartment bags, bespoke
were carried in Wetherlys      fresh products, as well as      available at Bespoke            furniture and small
and several boutique décor     use of older elements like      Living at The Old Biscuit       furnishings with her father
shops in the late 90’s which   Shweshwe and bold African       Mill and I am currently in      at Beachyfide, wooden décor
she also distributed in the    prints. All of these elements,  communication with Zando,       including cheese boards and
UK. My dad Tinks owns          mixed together make a           to get my products online.      she would like to explore her
and operates Beachyfide,       fun and popular option for      Along the Garden Route,         designs as wallpaper.
a furniture factory in         curtains, upholstery, etc.      my designs can be found         www.dearabby.co.za
Plettenberg Bay. I suppose     Local and especially            at Hands Design Collective      abby@dearabby.co.za
it was only natural that I     handmade or hand printed        in Knysna and The Shop in
followed in their footsteps.   products are making a           Plettenberg Bay.
	 I have always had a          comeback among South
‘thing’ about décor (my        Africans too – they are         Abby's range of products showcase her aesthetic
House & Leisure magazine       investing in local rather than  beautifully. From the exploration of fresh colours to the
collection that I have         imported products. 	            finer detailed finishes, she's destined for greatness!
saved since the 90’s           	 My colour palates include
is proof of this). I came      charcoal, red, yellow, mint,
across a competition run       pale grey and I am exploring
by a company in the US         the current trend of dusty
called Minted. They run        pink/rose quartz with the
competitions for new           dusty blues. I’m mostly

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