I’ve always loved to scour junk shops and car boot sales for treasures. These days, with all the design blogs I read, I’ve become pretty savvy about what I see and what’s worth having, but I think the things I treasure most are the funny bits and pieces that turned out to be treasures.
I bought these two West German ceramic jugs from my favourite carboot sale, Milnerton Market. I almost didn’t take them, because they reminded me of a rather scary childhood house belonging to a friend of my mom’s. But their elegant forms and lovely colours convinced me to take them home with me, and put them in a special spot in the sitting room. Then, a lot later, through the H is for Home blog, I discovered that West German ceramics are highly collectable, and suddenly my funny jugs become rather fancy!
One day I was browsing through the newspaper, when I spotted an advert for a travelling prints show at the Irma Stern Gallery. I fell in love with the tiny black and white picture in the ad, and raced over to see the show. The woodblock print was even better in colour, and as it was near my birthday, I decided I would buy it as a treat for myself, spending more than I possibly should have. I loved it so much that I wrote to the artist, Angela Lewin, and got a very sweet note in response. It was some time after this that Angie Lewin’s work started appearing all over the place, on fabrics and notecards, and suddenly my funny little beloved print became a whole lot more valuable!