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At school, I was always getting into trouble for not paying attention in Maths class. I would be blissfully doodling away in my textbook, plus and minus signs would evolve into intricate, colourful patterns and all of a sudden the teacher would say: "Luzelle! What is the answer?" Goes without saying that I got an A+ for Art and Design and a dreadful D for Maths.

I studied Jewellery Design and Manufacture at Cape Town's University of Technology, graduating with honours. After graduation, I set up a small jewellery studio with a fellow graduate. But after a couple of months, the travel bug bit and I packed my bags for London, thinking that I would travel around Europe for a few months and then go back to Cape Town. After 4 years, I'm still living in London with my husband.

After working for other designers, I felt like it was…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 4
  • Joined January 9, 2009

Favorite materials

screen printing ink, watercolour, markers, paper cutting, cotton

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At school, I was always getting into trouble for not paying attention in Maths class. I would be blissfully doodling away in my textbook, plus and minus signs would evolve into intricate, colourful patterns and all of a sudden the teacher would say: "Luzelle! What is the answer?" Goes without saying that I got an A+ for Art and Design and a dreadful D for Maths.

I studied Jewellery Design and Manufacture at Cape Town's University of Technology, graduating with honours. After graduation, I set up a small jewellery studio with a fellow graduate. But after a couple of months, the travel bug bit and I packed my bags for London, thinking that I would travel around Europe for a few months and then go back to Cape Town. After 4 years, I'm still living in London with my husband.

After working for other designers, I felt like it was time to go on my own creative adventure again, and so Mengsel Design was born. I have always been fascinated by geometric and hand-drawn patterns and this is something that you will see often in my work.

mengsel likes:

coffee first thing in the morning, tate modern, orchids, red, Italy, my laptop, paperchase, my husband, popcorn, flight of the concords, art supply shops, magazines

Feel free to contact me if you would like to chat about creating, illustration, etc etc etc...

Inspirations:
Marimekko, Charles and Ray Eames, typography, Mike Perry, M.C. Escher, exciting new South African design, patterns in nature, unexpected quirks

Also check out what I'm to at my blog:

http://mengseldesign.blogspot.com/

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