Mieke Vermeulen is a pattern-maker by day and developed her skills as a "side-trepreneur" (as she puts it) by night. Vermeulen graduated Cum Laude from Tshwane University in the field of fashion design, exhibited at the Pretoria Art Museum with the Sasol New Signatures, and was chosen as a finalist in the ELLE Rising Star Design Awards - all during her years of study.
After two years of planning and market research, Vermeulen has decided to finally launch her business, Bucolica. She has created a line of handcrafted, minimalistic products spanning ready-to-wear garments and accessories as well as home and body products. Vermeulen favours clay and leather as mediums and has experimented with embroidery, traditional West African "batik" dyeing, weaving and "tolletjie brei", a form of spool knitting.