Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Filigree Family Tree

What’s better than a great client? A great client, with great ideas.

I was recently approached to draw up and have a filigree family tree laser cut. With minimal time and production houses pressing to shut down for the holidays, I am relieved to say that we got the job done, and I am pretty stoked with the result. My first laser cut piece, and a happy client.  

Standing at just over a meter tall, this interlocking piece includes the families names across a number of the branches and the smell of freshly cut wood.

Happy holidays!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Life Size - Madiba Jive

A life size Madiba Jive, stoked! 

Jedd (Pictured) recently sent me a message saying that he had a surprise for me. Little did I know that I would have to wait until Madibas birthday to see it!

Madiba was built to his actual height and can also be seen on the Boomtown Facebook page with the crew on Mandela Day, doing their 67 minutes in celebration of a living legend.  

Thanks to Andrew MacKenzie, Jedd and Boomtown!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Gnu Named Adam

Or, A Gnu Named Adams & Adams, should i say...

I recently finished this rad little project for Adams & Adams - Attorneys. I was commissioned to produce 23 hand cut lapel pins and 45 3D paper wildebeest.

I really enjoyed working on this project and Adams & Adams were amazing to work with. Perfect clients and great people! The paper wildebeest came in 4 different colourways and 3 different sizes, ranging from 12cm to a triplex version standing 20cms tall. 

The product of a solid weeks worth of cutting was flat packed and joined Adams & Adams representatives at the INTA 2012 conference at the South African Embassy in Washington, USA. 


Here’s a look at the samples & final product...

INTA 2012

Photo courtesy of Adams & Adams

A Gnu Named Adam(s & Adams)
an Urb-Ski Paper Toys commission for:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Design Indaba 2012 - Emerging Creatives 2012 Video

Screenshot from Design Indaba - Emerging Creatives 2012 Video
"The Emerging Creatives programme at Design Indaba Expo is a platform that supports and promotes the work of design students and upcoming professionals. Emerging Creatives promotes everything from furniture design to fashion, craft, illustration, photography and more. Here some of the 2012 Emerging Creatives talk about their experience at Design Indaba Expo. 
Emerging Creatives is made possible by support from the Department of Arts and Culture.”
Design Indaba 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Urb-Ski Paper Toys - Wallpapers

The Urb-Ski Paper Toys wallpapers are now (finally!) available for download :D

In the .zip file, you’ll get 25 desktop/cellphone/tablet wallpapers from all my previous paper toy releases! FREE :D 

Here’s a look at 3 wallpapers from the series, which includes the likes of MudMonsta, Ma’Mzansi, Madiba Jive and loads more! 

Please read the Terms & Conditions file and enjoy responsibly!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


On Wednesday 29/02/12 I set up the Urb-Ski Paper Toys stand at the Design Indaba Expo as one of the Emerging Creatives, sponsored by Design Indaba and the Department of Arts & Culture. I would spend the next 4 days sharing my love for paper and designer paper toys from stand 35.05 :D

I had strategically positioned myself at the end of the Craft section of the expo space, but actually wish I had put myself in front of the Design Indaba Youth (DIY) Programme, which played host to a series of really rad workshops! I do like to play :D I was, however, really happy with my space and the great interaction and interest from the public... 

One of the most rewarding parts of the experience was the diversity of those interested in my work. From the children who ran down the aisle and bombed my stand, to designer toy collectors and the number of stern, more “experienced” looking faces that lit up as they realized what they were looking at! A really rewarding experience :D

Over the expo, I realized that the personal work I do, and the free downloads I make available to the public show what a commission or workshop can do for a client. The Urb-Ski Paper Toys series allows the public to interact, forming a sense of community, while developing their fine motor skills and creative vision in the process.

I have met some really amazing people and would like to thank Design Indaba and the Department of Arts and Culture for everything they have done in order to bring Urb-Ski Paper Toys to the Design Indaba Expo 2012!

Cut, Score, Create!

All photos, thanks to Lavanya Naidoo


The first Urb-Ski paper toy of the year is the Urb-Ski FREE SKATE :D An Emerging Creative, this skateboarder wants to free the streets of Cape Towns CBD!

Having recently moved down to Cape Town from Durban, I learnt that a new bylaw had made street skating in the city illegal. So much for supporting alternative transport, but hey, lets not get bitter.... Let’s Free Skate!

Cut, Score, Create, FREE SKATE!