bbellamy&bbellamy is a textile focussed company with a design and manufacturing aspect, which is what we would like to showcase at the Design Indaba. We have a shop in Muizenberg on main Road, as well as a small store in Greyton. Our products are represented in the Fabric House shops in Woodstock, Ballito Bay and Sandton. We are hoping to increase our national profile, as well as reach a global market. Owned by David Bellamy, items are also produced collaboratively with other designers, see below.
David Bellamy Ornithology tweed/worsted scarves
Utilising South African manufactured worsteds, a collection of reversible mens scarves have been designed by David Bellamy who has a fine art degree from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London. They are inspired by South African indigenous birds and their blocked plumage combinations, principally harrier-hawks and goshawks.
The scarves were submitted for the Cape Craft and Design Institute's 'Handmade Collection', into which they successfully gained a place , so they will become part of the CCDI 2012 catalogue, and will tour with the rest of the collection.
The scarves are intended to refer to avian wild lives and remind wearers, through personal identification, that ours is a shared planet and must remain so. Where we can keep warm in winter by wearing more layers we should do so, rather than by relying on heaters, thus reducing our Carbon footprint. The scarves are regularly purchased by European visitors or people who send presents to friends in the Northern hemisphere. They make good presents for men, a traditionally difficult area to purchase in.
The tweed/worsted wool scarves will be the principal item on sale.
Vheke Kruger -hand block-printed textiles
Vheke Kruger's fabrics are represented through the bbellamy&bbellamy shop. Most are sold as cushion panels, but the fabric is also available as lengths which are used for upholstery purposes.
Vheke has been designing fabrics for more than 25 years. She uses the South African manufactured Daler low-toxicity, water-soluble fabric-inks to reduce the environmental impact of her work, and cuts and makes her blocks herself. Vheke is much influenced by mid-century European modernism and has described her style as Afro-Scandinavian. Vhekes block prints have appeared in House and leisure, Elle-Decoration South Africa and Garden and Home.
Jessica Dorrington- embroidered textiles
Jessica embroiders panels of velvet with wools and silks depicting medieval images as well as referring to North African imagery. The panels are used to upholster chairs, or as cushion faces. Previously Jessica has worked as a clothing designer and manufacturer. Jessica also embroiders over old and faded fabrics, to refresh and update them. These have appearred in House and Leisure.