South African Architectural Kaleidoscope

After six amazing weeks, John and I have finally departed from South Africa. Currently, I’m sitting in the lobby of our hostel in Singapore, ludicrously jet-lagged and reeling at the thought of writing something substantive. Instead, I thought I’d share a little creative side-project that I made as a retrospective of South Africa. Part of my process on the road has been finding interesting visual tools and different media to express what I’ve been seeing. One of the apps that I’ve most enjoyed has been the Adobe Capture app for iPad, which allows the user to create vector graphics, custom color palettes, and brushes that can be used in other Adobe workspaces. It also has tool for creating tiled, kaleidoscopic images based on photographs. The creative challenge here is to try to capture the character, texture, color, or unique details of various buildings, monuments, etc. with an economy of means. Below are a few of my favorites – please feel free to appropriate them as desktop, tablet, or phone backgrounds!

#1 Cape Dutch Roof Curves on Blue Sky

#2 Art Deco Ceiling Fixtures in the Old Mutual Building, Cape Town

#3 Spiral Staircase at the South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town

#4 Original Stained Glass Window at McGregor Museum, Kimberley

#5 Nelson Mandela Statue in front of Union Buildings, Pretoria

#6 Interior roof shot from Zeitz MOCAA

#7 Exterior Pillow Windows at Zeitz MOCAA

#8 House and succulent in the Bo-Kaap district, Cape Town

One thought on “South African Architectural Kaleidoscope”

  1. Ohhh I love these! They would make lovely quilts 😉. I’d like to see the photos they are based on – some i recall, others not.

    Glad you made it to the hostel- can’t wait to see pix of Singapore Love Mom


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