Have you met the quirky characters behind Recreate?
~ Founder, Owner, Interior Designer ~
The Recreate team is led by interior designer, Katie Thompson. After graduating with distinction from the Design Time School of Interior Design in Cape Town, Katie went on to gain valuable experience of the design, furniture and fabric industry in London. Upon her return to Cape Town, she founded Recreate in order to explore her new-found passion for finding the hidden beauty and potential purpose of the many abandoned items she found while engaging in her favourite pastime: vintage treasure hunting. As a true perfectionist, innovator and remarkably enthusiastic hoarder, Katie’s natural flair for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary is apparent in each and every piece of functional art she recreates.
~ Workshop Manager ~
As the head of Recreate’s small workshop team, Admire can generally be found with his hands full of odds and ends and a large smile on his face. Originally from Zimbabwe, Admire joined Recreate in 2010 and has kept it running on schedule ever since. This multitasking-extraordinaire is always organized, efficient and friendly with a true passion for his work. Every product that goes through his workshop gets the best treatment and receives the highest standard of quality workmanship.
~ Workshop Assistant ~
Originally from Tabase in the Eastern Cape, Sive joined Recreate in 2016. As Admire’s capable right-hand-man, he ensures that all of our orders are processed on time and that each of the heirlooms we receive are well taken care of while they are being recreated. Sive is a quiet yet cheerful addition to the Recreate team and we are always impressed by his ability to remain cool, calm and collected under pressure.
~ Photographer, Content Manager ~
After completing a year of graphic design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Alex transferred to the University of Cape Town and graduated with a Fine Art Honours Degree in 2016. Since joining the Recreate team in May 2017, Alex has proven to be a valuable asset to the company and continues to amaze us with her creativity, her strong work ethic, and her impressive eye for detail.
~ Administration, Inspiration ~
As the saying goes, behind every great woman stands her mother. Gigi Thompson has been involved in Recreate since its inception. Dotter of I’s and crosser of T’s, Mama Gi keeps our books in order, makes sure all the paperwork is filed and, like any good mother, makes sure that we’re all happy and fed. Always available for an emergency delivery or an emergency chat, Gigi is truly invaluable to the Recreate team.
Year End Beach Outing – 2016
15 December, 2016
Our Recreate team may be small but we are not too young for traditions! Our end of year beach outing has become a much anticipated tradition over the past few years and this December 2016 we had another fantastic day!
Season Opening Hours
13 December, 2016
We’re almost at the end of 2016 and this year has flown by. We wish you all happy holidays!
Our studio hours will be as follows over the festive season:
OPEN – Friday, 16th December 9am – 3pm
OPEN – Saturday, 17th December 9am – 3pm
CLOSED – Saturday, 24th December
CLOSED – Monday, 26th December
CLOSED – Tuesday, 27th December
CLOSED – Saturday, 31st December
CLOSED – Monday, 2nd January
OPEN & BUSINESS AS USUAL – Tuesday, 3rd January 9am – 4:30pm
Good Taste Magazine 2016
20 September, 2016
Hilary from Good Taste magazine wrote a brilliant article about South African designers who have taken going green to a new level, and we are one of them! Thanks for the great write up. See the article below.
Upcycled Keyboard Magnets
15 August, 2016
Have you seen what we create with your EWaste at our Cape Town studio?
Firstly, we source the broken old keyboards from an Ewaste facility that looks something like this:
After stripping and cleaning the keyboards, we glue a sturdy magnet to each key by hand. Here our magnets are drying overnight:
Next we package and label the keyboard magnets. Each glass jar contains 1 full keyboard of magnets! Perfect to organise your fridge or office white board.
We are left with these bins of keyboard cases which we then return to the E waste depo.
They are crushed and bundled and remade into plastic used for clothing and toys.
Our glass jars of keyboard magnets are sold in our Cape Town Studio, sold on our website and available from some of Cape Towns quirkiest gift stores.
We’ve always had an account but never really made the time and effort… but we’re slowly getting the hang of it and want you to be inspired by what inspires us. Follow and pin along if you dare! It’s a bit addictive!
Being “ecofriendly” – Easy as 1,2,3 & A,B,C
13 October, 2015
STEP ONE: REDUCE – consider if you really need something or not.
STEP TWO: REUSE – consider buying re-usable or returnable items and packaging. Avoid disposable items. This places importance on ‘eco-procurement’.
Once you have considered how you can reduce and reuse,then look at recycle
STEP THREE: RECYCLE
Some municipalities offer recycling bags or bins for kerbside collection. Some communities have private businesses that will pick up your recyclables for a fee. But nearly all South African neighbourhoods have an army of informal recyclers working hard to process our waste. Whichever recyclers are collecting from you, give them a hand.
STEP THREE (A): SEPARATE & DECONTAMINATE – valuable paper and corrugated cardboard becomes worthless if dirty. Dirty recyclable materials produce odours in your recycling bin and spoil paper and cardboard. Toss cheesy pizza boxes into the rubbish. Give cans and bottles a quick rinse and leave the lids off since they may be made of a different recyclable material. Vases and drinking glasses belong in the rubbish. They will contaminate the recycling of jars and bottles because they are made from different glass.
STEP THREE (B): ACCUMULATE – recyclables that are heavy or low in value, such as glass or newspapers, may not get collected at the kerbside. They’re still worth recycling, however. Save them up until you have a load to carry to a recycling bank.
STEP THREE (C): LOCATE – use the resources below to find the nearest drop-off locations. MyWaste has locations for a wide variety of recyclables, including unusual items such as car batteries and used cooking oil. For bottles, cans and paper, it may help to check MyWaste in combination with the other websites for those items, since the lists on all websites are often incomplete.
What is the difference between upcycling and recycling?
29 September, 2015
Upcycling. Recycling. We’ve heard these words often, but do we know what they mean?
Recycling. We know this is when we take something that we might have discarded as waste, and putting it back into “the cycle” to reuse. Recycled plastic. Recycled paper. However in the case of recycling the materials undergo a physical change to become something useful again – and most times this is done at a chemical plant.
Upcycling. This is when useless products are processed and worked on to become better quality or have a higher environmental value. Usually this means the original item is not degraded or destroyed to achieve a new function.
While we do recycle at REcreate, both at home and at the studio, the work that we do and our products that we product fall under “upcycling”. We love how the great people at Intercongreen explain the differences and also why upcycling plays an important role in our world of “green”.
Leave us a comment on how you recycle and upcycle at home.
31 July, 2015
Here at Recreate, we try to get out and get inspired as much as we can… This week we went for a stroll in and around Cape Town CBD, saw a few things, collected some stuff and went and had a bit of fun with it in the workshop. Sometimes inspiration is just outside your front door… Go find your inspiration!
Our local South African fabric collection
1 July, 2015
The new local fabrics we have discovered this year have made us more excited than ever to grow our collection of locally designed and printed fabrics.
Some of the collections on display at our studio include Maradadhi, Fabric Nation and Design Team. All the fabrics are designed and printed locally, ranging from R250 to R600 per metre
All of the fabrics are suitable for upholstery, cushions, blinds and soft furnishings. Chat to us about using them in your home.
What is regenerated cotton?
23 June, 2015
Regenerated Cotton is an innovative recycled fibre.
An estimated 40% of cotton that is grown is wasted between its harvest in the cotton field and the manufacturing of a finished garment, equalling approximately 1.2 billion pounds (roughly 6 00 000 tons) of cotton fibre which is disposed of by spinning mills, weavers and fabric manufacturers every year. This pre-consumer “waste” goes directly into landfills and contributes to the formation of leachate as it decomposes, which has the potential to contaminate both surface and groundwater sources.
Using scraps of new cotton cloth left over from clothing manufacture waste, this process is called cotton “regeneration” because it creates new yarn from pre-consumed fabric that is otherwise bound for the incinerator.
You’re helping diminish the amount of waste going into landfills as well as saving all the water, chemicals, incinerator emissions, electricity, sewage and transportation energy it would take to make the same things from virgin cotton.
These Eco Cottons are available from Recreate in over 20 varying colourways. Chat to us about using them in your interiors for upholstery or soft furnishings.
We’re in Italy!
10 June, 2015
dentroCASA is a monthly magazine of furniture, art and culture, a stylish and colorful publication, effective in “telling and photograph” the diverse world of living.
We love the spread we’ve been included in. What a great eye these Italians have :)
Creative Problem Solving
10 June, 2015
At Recreate, we love the Cape Craft Design Institute and all it offers! We recently took part in their creative problem solving workshop and visited their incredible product support space.
As well as being a beautiful team building day out, we learnt the following things: Admire is a perfectionist, Katie is the messiest of us all, Vusi is the numbers guy and Michelle loves a challenge.
The greatest thing we learnt was that all 4 of us are much more in tune and alike than we think. We all chose the same patterns and similar tools to work with but we all came up with original and different ways to solve problems.
Have a look at what we got up to…
Bottle caps for coffee
8 June, 2015
Yes, that’s right! If you bring us a mug full of bottle caps, we will return the mug to you full of coffee!
“Why?”, you ask? Well let’s start from the beginning.
This man with the beautiful smile is Phanny Mangwiro. He is a craftsman that uses discarded bottle caps to make the most exquisite products, from coasters, condiment carriers to giant works of art.
Just look at what he has made from beer bottle caps that are usually tossed before you can say “cheers”.
We know that Phanny works long hours and goes from place to place to collect bottle caps to make his amazing pieces, and so we’ve been collecting bottle caps on his behalf. Once our collection fills a big bin, we give Phanny a call and he is able to collect it all in one go. We help him save time and he in turn inspires us with his craftsmanship.
If you would like to help Phanny out, you can also drop off bottle caps to add to our collection for him at our studio in Salt River and if you bring in enough to fill a coffee mug we think you deserve a free coffee!
As all of our repurposed products are original, handmade and individually created using found and vintage pieces, variations in size, proportions, colour and condition may occur. Wear and tear, often in the form of age appropriate rust, scratches and marks, are to be expected, appreciated and cherished.
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