Zana’s Robyn Britz shows us her workspace
Amid the collection of Zana’s kaleidoscopic prints, Robyn Britz’s studio features a monochromatic base of white walls, polished concrete floors and large aluminium windows that draw light up to the white rafters of the open-plan space. Swatches of potential new designs and fabrics are pinned on display and twinkling fairy lights festoon a large mirror; various photographs, blown up and framed in white, decorate the otherwise minimalist area. Biscuit the French bulldog provides the cute factor and can often be found sitting on a doggie floor cushion emblazoned with a print of his own face. Almost solely in the business of the aesthetic, Robyn prides herself on manufacturing an array of bed linen, table dressings, lifestyle decor and accessories that are entirely locally produced. Except her designs don’t stop in South Africa – they are shipped all over the world. The Zana studio is an all-encompassing space used not only for the design and manufacturing processes, but also for styling and shooting the finished products. Monthly workshops are held here, too, and visitors are able to create their own screen prints that are transferred to fabric and made up in a variety of styles. The studio’s Woodstock location means that it’s situated right in the middle of Cape Town’s garment and fabric centre – breathing new life into an industry that has been hindered by foreign imports. Functional as well as beautiful, Robyn’s studio space provides her and the team with the inspiration to create contemporary everyday items that are stylish, carefully made and appeal to a variety of ages, tastes and requirements. See inside the studio below, and browse Zana’s range of wares via their online shop at zanaproducts.co.za.