Category: Ribbons

Bahia Art Ceramic and Textile Studio: The Husband’s Opinion, again

Michele Hamman Bahia Art Ceramics Textile Fabric Studio Dundee handprinted natural cotton ribbon

Well, what can I say about this explosion of effort, innovation and back-breaking hard work that it has been my privilege to witness over the last five years ? We started off on a bang with the bags, but had since redirected our efforts into more particular types of bags, and have given the tote bag a bit of a rest. Dundee has since been cursed with one of the worse droughts in the history of Kwazulu-Natal, and that has restricted Michele no end in her creativity. Well, you do need water to prepare a silk screen for printing, you know.

No matter. We have since manhandled a 210 litre plastic drum into position, make-shifted a tap into it, and voila!!! The high pressure pump is happy, and so is the screen. We have been forced to stop working when the taps ran dry (as they now do every day) but now more. Thanks to Jojo Tanks in Glencoe, she can continue with her colour plays. Michele has since become a wizard in perfecting a multiple print design onto the screen and then on to the clear, unworked fabric on the printing table.

A, yes…the screen printing table. That had been an effort of note, but we built it, and many a printed roll of fabric later, we can testify that on effort is the best solution.

This little gem is just starting to outgrow its kiddie shoes. Stay tuned, peeps….!!

And, as always, thanks kindly for taking the effort to read here.

Be well.


Bahia Art: ‘n Liefde vir materiaal en ‘n nuwe “venture” begin ….

Soos julle almal reeds weet het ons hier by Bahia Art ‘n groot liefde vir tekstiele, die kleur daarvan, die silkscreen daarvan en die gebruik daarvan.  Ons deel ons unieke kreatiewe skeppings al lank met julle.  Na vele navra het ons besluit om tog die sprong te waag en gaan ons nou materiaal per meter druk.  Ons is baie opgewonde oor hierdie nuwe pad wat ons gaan loop en weereens wil ons dit met julle deel.  Dit is tog per slot van sake julle, ons getroue kliënte wat ons inspireer om altyd beter te doen en met meer kreatiewe gebruike van kleur en materiaal vorendag te kom .
Ons gaan nog ons unieke handsakke maak met ons eie gedrukte materiaal maar nou kan julle ook van ons materiaal, wat slegs by Bahia Art beskikbaar wees, koop om julle eie skeppings te maak.  Ons het ‘n paar basiskleure waarop ons ‘n verskeidenheid van ontwerpe en kleure gaan print maar ons gaan ook , vir nou ‘n beperkte paar handgekleure basiskleure hê waarop ons ook ons eie ontwerpe gaan print.
Ons gaan julle op hoogte hou van hieraf, en probeer om elke week ‘n “update” te gee van hoe ver ons is totdat ons, ons eerste stuk material beskikbaar kan stel.

 Bahia Art Michele Hamman handprinted cotton ribbon silkscreened by hand textile designer Michele Hamman Bahia Art handprinted cotton ribbon ceramics screenprinted textiles Dundee Kwazulu-Natal

Hier is ons besig om materiaalaankope te doen.  Dit was ‘n groot heerlikgeit !!  Soos altyd het ons net 100% katoen gekry wat ons net so kan gebruik en ons het ook gekry om te kleur en dan te print.
Volgende week vertel en wys ons wat ons in die week gedoen het en hoe ver ons is om alles in plek te kry.


Bahia Art’s Blog: Our natural cotton and linens are one of a kind…

Michele Hamman Bahia Art Dundee handprinted fabrics natural cotton ribbons ceramicsBahia Art’s handbags are all handmade exclusively, by Michele, who also handprints the cotton and linen she uses in the bags. Every bag starts it life in our studio as a few squares of natural cotton fibre or linen, which are then printed by hand, with Michele’s own designs. Some of the bags have leather bottoms and handles, which are also handmade by Michele. No attachment or accessory is store-bought. We do not make two of the same bags ever, and each bag that goes out, is unique in every way.


Michele Hamman Bahia Art Dundee handprinted fabrics natural cotton ribbons ceramicsThe same applies to our natural cotton ribbons. All are printed by hand, with Michele’s own in-house designs. Hours are spent to get the artwork just right for each customer. A special thanks to our customers who take the time to read here, and please do visit our Facebook page as well.