So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire! It is so important to support local and share your findings with others.

During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.


Please can I share a brilliant artist with you! Gabi Lee caught my eye (and stole my heart with her generosity) when she donated a painting for a charity auction. I immediately started following her on Instagram (you should too, she would appreciate the love and support). Her talent is out of this world and her art would look divine in any home, restaurant or office.  Am in love. Her seascapes make me go weak at the knees!

Please check out her website here. Please support this talented local lady, based in Cape Town. So creative and talented.

We chatted to the lovely Gabi Lee, and she had this to say!

How does it feel to make a living doing something that you love?

I feel really happy, comes with a sort of self belief and going on feelings that I’ve had to work on over time

What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?

Bit of marketing.

A bit more social aspects of speaking with and relating to the buyer.

Pricing my work in terms of my time it takes to produce, my idea, the material cost and to add to the creating of the next.

I’m very much still learning everyday 😀

What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?

Do something you love because you will care more about it and you will want it to succeed, Believe in your work/brand. As long as it’s not doing bad things well then the world needs it. Do as much research as possible, because research is cool and you will go down a rabbit hole that will inspire you to make something of your own!


Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worthwhile?

I can work from my home studio space and it makes me feel really good everyday to be creating.


How has lock down affected you – personally and business wise?

Before lock down I was doing my artwork on a 60% scale and my wardrobe fashion work on a 40% scale. I was always gearing towards 100% only art, and lockdown pushed my dream into a reality a bit quicker than I had originally planned.

I’ve been able to produce pieces in support of charities over this time. It is such a crazy time but I think above all it’s time to go inward and make use of ingenuity – think of new ways of doing things, making things. Working on self belief and love for people, self, environment, animals and being grateful.


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