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Heather Moore is probably one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, she’s also a kick ass illustrator and the mastermind behind one of South Africa’s biggest textile exports, Skinny Laminx.

A while back I had this idea to visit various studios and artists to shoot a behind the scenes look into their day-to-day lives, focusing more on the process than the product.

I’d hoped to release one every 2-3 months as an e-zine, but truthfully InDesign scares me and it’s been pretty crazy around these parts since we welcomed our baby girl into the world.

Determined to get these images out I spent the weekend reviewing and editing them. I shot 100+ frames, culled it to 60+ and then down to these 24. I hope you enjoy them.

Let me know what you think and if you’d like me to continue with the series.

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22 Responses to “Meet the Maker – Skinny Laminx”

  1. Kathryn (Becoming you)

    Wow so beautiful! Love the idea of this series – keep it coming ;)

  2. Matt

    Thanks Kathryn, glad you enjoyed it. It’s a fair bit of work to put together, but if readers enjoy them I’ll gladly continue.

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  4. Jessie

    Lovely piece on Heather, and her beloved Skinny Laminx. It has been fun to watch her business grown since opening her Etsy shop. Please do continue your series. I’ll read!

    *Also, InDesign still scares me too. ;)

  5. Matt

    Thanks Jessie! Glad to know I’m not the only one whose afraid of InDesign.

  6. Cecile

    Would love a series like this. Love Heather too, but most of these shots i have seen becasue i am familiar wth her work. In a ‘meet the maker series’ i would love to see some shots of her (as an example)studio or anything we havent seen. I found the shot of her overlocker most interesting, as well as the patterns to her products :) More a ‘day in the life’ maybe, what she had for lunch, what she reads in her break etc.

  7. Matt

    Hi Cecile, the last few pics of Heather are in her studio, the ones of her at her desk/computer etc.

    I was in fact the first person she’d had up there and I was conscious of the fact that there was a bunch of commissioned work that she wasn’t ready to show the world, so I kept the shots close focused and away from those details.

    We only had 30mins in together, I was conscious of how valuable her time is.

    That said I appreciate the input and will certainly consider it for future projects.

  8. gatochinchilla

    Love it!!!!! Please do continue your series!!!! i’will be waiting for the next one ;) Greetings from Chile!!

  9. Janette

    i love it!
    it gives me a real feeling for the studio. the close ups of samples and the potted plant details are nice too.

  10. andrew

    please do continue and if you haven’t seen this site before do have a look: http://www.themakersproject.com/

  11. Keri Muller

    Well done!
    Such a lovely post.

    Do you know this US site – inthemake? I always enjoy it lots and lots
    http://inthemake.com/

  12. se7en

    Spotted your post on Kireei!!! Huge Kireei fans over here!!!

  13. Matt

    Thanks Janette, I tried to tell a story with the plants as they’ve inspired much of Heather’s work, her cacti vinyls, prints and the cut out she was working on.

  14. Matt

    Hi Andrew, thanks for the tip off, I’d not seen that site before!

  15. Matt

    Hi Keri, thanks for stopping by! I’d not seen http://inthemake.com/, though spent a good hour or 3 last night pouring over their visits.

  16. Matt

    Awesome! I’d not seen their site before but noticed a bit of traffic coming via there and popped over, had to use Google Translate, but a fun read :)

  17. Dee

    I’ve loved Heather {herself, aside from her fabulous work} even since a nice reply to an email years ago…And her wit! She is hilarious!
    These photos are lovely. Very well done. I think you’ve captured the essence wonderfully.

    I’d love to see more of this series for certain…
    Cheers!

  18. Matt

    Thanks Dee for the kind words and encouragement.

  19. Tamara

    Man alive, I love Skinny Laminx and I loved your photos and take on her work. You did a really great job and I’d love to see more of this kind of post, if you do have time. Serious eye candy- thank you : )

  20. Matt

    Thanks Tamara, the response has been great and I’ll certainly keep it going, maybe every second month.

  21. Diane

    Absolutely admire your initiative. Curating a business brand in every detail is so important. I work for a small design / custom fabricator shop and was hired five years ago to work in the office “to pay the bills”. It has evolved to include much more and only out of desperation have I picked up a camera, created e-newsletters, forced myself to learn a few photoshop skills, etc. And yes, InDesign scares me too but is loaded on my laptop. And we are now re-designing the small showroom. I look forward to more of your posts.

  22. Matt

    Thanks Diane for both the kinds words and sharing your own story!

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