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the talented Ms. Suzelle

Whenever I’m in need of a good South African giggle, I merely have to click over to Suzelle DIY – our very own tears-rolling-down-your-face-with-laughter YouTube sensation. If you haven’t heard of her…what rock have you been under? And if you know dear Suzelle and her DIY antics, then we’re on the same page. But what you may not know is that Julia Anastasopoulos, the actress behind the delightfully dippy character, is also an accomplished illustrator. Her work is whimsical and beautifully drawn. Take a look at her illustrations under her label Knolc.

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Julia has her architecturally referenced illustrations featured at the Civic Centre MyCiti Bus Station, where the visitors explore the Cape Town Cityscape through a series of illustrated panels. Another long-time favourite of mine is her mural in the children’s section of The Book Lounge.


So I’m in need of a laugh today…I’m off to watch Suzelle How To Iron Without An Iron…

and then I’ll see How To Make The Suzelle Upstyle.

Because anybody can. Have a great day!

Maria Magdalena – illustrator


Recently I met the lovely Maria Magdalena¬†van Wyk – a talented illustrator and one of the Emerging Creatives at the 2015 Design Indaba. She launched her latest range of miniature illustrations 100 Tiny Originals – artworks that celebrate the beauty in the seemingly mundane moments of an ordinary life – at the Indaba and I’m delighted to share her work here today.

There’s something special about minimal pen illustrations using lines of ink. I love Maria Magdalena’s simple aesthetic of finding beauty in the everyday.


find out a bit more about this illustrator in her own words:

This is the humble adventure of my freelance graphic design and illustration career. I am Maria Magdalena van Wyk, an Afrikaans girl from Port Elizabeth where I completed my Bachelor of Technology Graphic Design in 2010. I have been living and working in Cape Town, South Africa, for the past four years. I make a habit of accepting design and illustration challenges as they come along. Using my signature aesthetic I aim to give a visual voice to local and international brands. I seek design simplicity on the other side of complexity.

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lookbook images by Leon and Marilet van Rooyen of The Lion and The Lady photography

click over to view more of Maria Magdalena’s work and visit her online shop