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Carla Kreuser's Trend Scoop

Jac de Villiers

'In the same way that there's a partner for every person, there's a place.' Quoting Swedish poet Bodil Malmsten, Pretoria-born Carla Kreuser reflects on her affinity for the Mother City that she now calls home. A creative director at The Jupiter Drawing Room, Carla fills her sketchbooks by exploring the CBD on foot, absorbing all the city has to offer. 'I get inspired by beautifully crafted and well-thought-out work, and I try my best to do the same for my own projects,' she says – an effort clearly evident in her book illustrations.

carla1 Carla illustrated Katherine Kilalea's The Boy with the Fire in his Boot.

Carla’s eclectic, feminine style also reflects her appreciation for Cape Town's creative talent. She turns to local designers for 'clothes that are worn by and flatter women, not girls'. Ideally, this means anything with pockets or that can be paired with her pink veldskoene.
carla3 From left: Frauke Stegmann tea cups were a gift from her grandmother, Ouma Sangare's album Worotan is one of Carla's favourites.

carla5 Clockwise from left: A Catch chair by Hayon Studio is on Carla's wishlist, as is this felt backpack and Tammy Frazer perfume from Country Road. She's a fan of REN Skincare products.

  She credits Brandt Botes and Garth Walker as having influenced her work but her study sabbatical to complete her master’s degree in illustration as having been the start of her artistic evolution. 'I'm learning to embrace not knowing exactly how a project will turn out and to trust the messy creative process,' she says.
carla2 Clockwise from left: Bucket Floor lamp by Studio Job, Carla would love one of Louise Bourgeois' original books; a photograph Carla owns by Thomas Peplar.

    Instagram @skallakind Originally published in HL July 2015   READ MORE: Textile elegance Art on a plate Italian battalion