Monday, 17 October 2011

Inspired by African Interiors

A cruel yet beautiful land, 
where extremities are expected and contradictions are avoided.

A vast and vibrant continent, young in it's learnings.
Where cultures slowly combine as borders are crossed.

An eager terrain crawling with life,
yet starving it's inhabitants at times of need.

Volatile and spontaneous, electric skies pass over dry river beds.
An environment that is unkind to the weak. 

Africa's people have accepted their soil,
into their bones and into their homes. 

These ceramic pieces have been inspired by a book called African Interiors by Taschen that graces our coffee table at the Booola headquarters. 
Beulah, the ceramist, has found inspiration in the pages of this book which captures the beauty and essence of the homes in Africa.

Thursday, 06 October 2011

There is no burger like a Jo'Burger...

As a VERY proud Jozi girl I always find it quite annoying when people talk about how amazing, wonderful and beautiful Cape Town is. 
"We have Table Mountain, and the sea and we are all so laid back... 
blah blah blah". 

I have however changed my tune quite a bit, as a recent visit to the Mother City blew me away completely (and not just literally). 
With the excuse of hand-delivering a Booola Bag I was off to Cape Town late one Friday night in August.
A weekend with local friends meant wine-tasting, market dwelling, eating, more wine-tasting and the simple art that the people of the Cape have perfected...'chilling'. 
Slowly I fell in love as I saw the city with different eyes. 
I felt like a foreigner, exploring my own country. Finally appreciating the culture, diversity, scenery and yes...

The Mountain.

So although I am still very proud to be from Jo'Burg, I am no longer fighting the call of the Cape. 
At the end of the day we are all South African, and proud to be just that.

Besides, the Mother City could use some Egoli Gold around her neck every once in a while...

Friday, 30 September 2011

See everything

Someone once told me that the world is made up of patterns. 
This wise man said that if you can train your eye and mind to spot the patterns then you will not only enjoy life much more, 
but you will understand it. 
You will understand how and why everything is inter-connected and synchronised.
He said that this is the answer to all my questions...

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Family values

This is my beautiful grandmother on her wedding day. 

She said goodbye to us when I was only 8 years old, but Ouma Kloppie still remains one of the most influential people in my life. In my early 20's I am now starting to see the great effect she has on me. Her triumphs came from failures, and through this she became strong.

She pioneered many things in our family and her values, creativity and love for music have been passed down, shared and enjoyed between all of us .

With her unassuming grace she softly touched people's lives in ways that can change the world. 
I hope one day someone can say the same about me.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Be mindful.

We live in a world where consumerism is king 
We mindlessly buy and consume products
This mindlessness could be a result of mass-production as it does not encourage any spontaneity

In order to be mindful we need to think
In order to think we need to see beyond the surface
To do this we must sense the product's spirit
Where, why and how it is made
What is the intention

It is often what goes on behind the scenes that breathes the soul into a product

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Woman and Home Loves... BOOOLA!

The Booola Team are very proud to announce that our bags are featured in this month's "Woman and Home Loves" section.

To view the article CLICK HERE

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