Megan Smith is the owner and and maker of Cloth and Print. With a degree in Textile Design and a love for print and pattern, she launched her fabric collection in February 2016, at Design Indaba. Megan was selected as one of the Emerging Creatives for Design Indaba 2016, where she introduced the heirloom collection as her debut range of hand-printed fabric and accessories. Megan is a mother of two boys and a cheerful Cape Town resident.
Cloth and Print is a small textile studio based in Cape Town. Original designs are hand-screen-printed onto locally sourced natural fabrics, and made into beautiful accessories and homeware. Small runs keep things special and individual. It is where cloth meets print – one repeat at a time.
My interior style can be described as an eclectic combination of old and new. I love the minimalism of the mid-century era and enjoy bringing modern contemporary pieces into the mix. It lends the space a layered sense of style.
I spent my childhood in Kwazulu-Natal – more often up a tree and dreaming, or having mud fights with my two older brothers.
I have collaborated with Gideon Roos of Roos Designs. My Blockout fabric was used to upholster his modern AfriScandi armchairs.
The Heirloom Collection is a curation of my memories, some old, some new, created into textile prints – a design diary down memory lane.
A unique home is a home that shows the essence of the people who live there. Their characters and personalities are expressed in the style and decor. A unique home reflects the layering process that only time and energy can create.
I am inspired by the creative process that many designers work through to execute the finished result. Often a tiny idea can germinate into a beautifully finished piece that brings joy and gratification to the maker and those using it. I find inspiration in the beauty of the creation around us, particularly from nature and the floral kingdom.
My favourite South African designers include Pedersen + Lennard, PICHULIK and Missibaba.
South African design is multi-faceted, richly diverse and imaginatively expressive.
My top tip to someone looking to become a textile designer is to learn the skill of translating an idea into a design. Take note of the world around you and absorb the many centuries of textile history in order to gain a genuine appreciation and knowledge of the craft.
My future plans include diversifying and developing the Cloth and Print brand.
See my products at www.clothandprint.com.