May 26, 2010

Mengsel Design Designer Feature:

About Mengsel Design:

Mengsel design was created in 2009 by London based South African designer, Luzelle van der Westhuizen.

Luzelle studied jewellery design at Cape Town’s University of Technology, graduating with honours. After graduation, she set up a small jewellery studio in Cape Town, but after a couple of months, the travel bug bit and her bags were packed for London. After working for other designers, the time was right to go on a creative adventure again, and so Mengsel Design was born. Mengsel is the Dutch and Afrikaans word for mixture.

Using traditional silkscreen printing techniques, Luzelle’s bold, bright and sometimes whimsical illustrations are transferred onto paper and fabric.

Her work is inspired by geometric and hand-drawn patterns, as well as African and Scandinavian design. At the moment, the range consists of interior products such as tea towels, pillow cover sets and cushion covers. The Mengsel interior range is set to expand in 2010, adding new products based on Luzelle’s illustrations.


I'm inspired by everyday objects that are beautifully crafted, as seen in my "Moka Express" prints. My designs are hand drawn and then scanned into Photoshop where it is "tweaked" and prepared for creating a photo stencil for traditional silkscreen printing. My art prints are all lovingly done by hand. I really enjoy working in the studio and zoning out on the details and the whole traditional process. Other inspirationsn include 60s and 70s style Scandinavian patterns and prints, bold happy colours and hand drawn patterns.

Best Sellers:

Moka Express prints. This intricately hand drawn pattern is available printed on 100% cotton tea towels and 50 x 70cm prints on 300g Snowdon paper. I think people find the design appealing, because this coffee maker is a really well designed and much loved item and people think of it fondly. My customers also loves the simple, bold style and bright colours.

We Make Summer Fair:

Buyers can expect to see a whole new range or art prints and other goodies such as pillow cover sets, notebooks and 100% cotton tea towels. There will definitely be a few surprises with new things that I'm working on at the moment and buyers will se a few new things at my stall.







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