Posted: 10 July 2013
Ebony & Ivory, a small but very exciting store located in antique furniture shop, Nine Lives in Diep River, stocks bits and bobs that will make any creative hobbyist swoon. We at HL love their range of Petersham ribbons, all uniquely designed and made by the Ebony & Ivory duo, Eulalía Rodrigues and Igna Schwartz. We asked Igna to share more about these beautiful ribbons…
‘Eulaliá and I design the ribbons together. Our designs are inspired in two ways – I keep a look out for trends and keep in check with what’s commercially viable. I find inspiration in current interiors, fashion, graphic and product design - and even movies,’ says Igna. ‘I also have my own wish list of wild ideas that I tap into from time to time to try and create the unexpected. You can always find something at Ebony & Ivory that you haven't seen before.'Eulaliá needed to fill a room in her building eight years ago so she agreed to offer it as a retail space, and Ebony & Ivory was born. When asked about the manufacturing process, Igna shares, ‘I design a host of options on computer – we discuss the designs and choose which to produce. The designs are fine-tuned, the colours and patterns sampled and after approval we proceed to bulk production. This process takes about six to eight weeks.’ The Petersham ribbons not only offer tasteful, stylish designs for decorating – gifts, clothing, interiors, packaging, jewellery, events, or weddings – but they are excellent quality and come in varying width and thickness. Purchase the Petersham ribbons online from their website at ebonyandivoryribbons.co.za or visit their charming store at 52 Main Road, Diep River, Cape Town. Call them directly on 021-713-2964 for more info.