Archive for November, 2013

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New member on the Design Sorbet Team!

November 26, 2013 / by / 2 Comments

I am very happy to announce that I have been invited to join the Design Sorbet team to contribute my tidbits of design goodies. A brief snapshot of my past: I graduated from the University of Malta with an Anthropology degree and low hopes of getting a decent job until I somehow found myself sitting for an evening course in Computer networking. From here started a successful 4 year career in IT. The salary was high but the joy of living was low. After some soul searching I decided I had had enough and needed a fresh start. So I abandoned my career and became a self taught graphic designer, the plan was to work freelance and shuffle my time between making enough money to pay the bills and spend what was left of it on rediscovering my long lost passion for ceramics. I had discovered ceramics by chance at the tender age of 9, through a tiny advert for pottery lessons on a local paper, and enthusiastically spent the next 6 years making things out of clay; pots, vases, teapots, mugs, plates and various other vessels. Unfortunately at 15, as one does, I rebelled and discarded all ties with […]


Patches ‘Making-Of’

November 19, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Our second event as ‘Design Sorbet’ will happen on the 1st of December, at ‘Patches’ market, a hand-made Christmas Fair which will take place at the Magazino Hall in Valletta,Malta from 1pm-8pm. We have designed & illustrated the poster for Patches fair, and in this post you will find the process along with snippets from the material that we are currently working on, which will be for sale during ‘Patches’. The poster below was first illustrated in pencil / pen and then rendered and finished in Adobe Photoshop.   And here are some snippets for what we’re preparing for Patches Market!

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Why do we love vintage?

November 12, 2013 / by / 2 Comments

Not another article showing off car boot sale finds! Well, yes, but it started from a single thought, why do people buy vintage and second-hand? Sure, vintage and retro is ‘in’ but it has been for quite a while now hasn’t it, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. 1. Cost The first great thing about buying vintage and second-hand are car boot sales & thrift stores. Although there are plenty of antique stores and vintage shops around, in car boot sales & thrift stores you can find great things for a low cost, and well, you might not. You might in fact, get ripped off if you’re not careful. Car boot sales are very much a hit or miss, and trying to decipher whether an item is actually vintage or bought from China can be a bit of a wild guess, although usually the material, weight and general quality can tell you a lot about it. The bad smells also don’t help, in fact, I personally prefer to buy home ware from car boots rather than items of clothing. However, when you DO get something truly vintage and of good quality, for a low price, you feel pleased […]


The Beauty of Imperfection

November 08, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

This post is a little different from what we usually post here. It is about Wabi-Sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy which is derived from Zen Buddhism. Wabi-Sabi is the philosophy of embracing imperfections, transient elements, and things which are incomplete. Instead of shunning them as unwanted objects, they are celebrated as truly reflecting nature and the passage of life. We are used to a world of mass production where objects are an exact perfect replica of each other, something which cannot be further away from that which is natural. No wonder so many people feel detached and isolated from the rest of the world, as it does not resemble anything that we know. I find myself being naturally attracted to objects which are not refined to a factory finish. This probably explains my love and interest in things which are hand-made. It’s not just me, a lot of people nowadays are interested in buying items from flea markets or vintage items. Imperfection is who we are, so it is natural that we surround ourselves with it. It is a sort of acceptance ritual, that your surroundings should reflect yourself. There is something incredibly honest found in Wabi-Sabi aesthetics, which reflects […]


Pumpkins, bats and witches!

November 02, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Every year, Halloween is becoming more and more popular here in Malta. Up to a few years ago I would never have imagined the children in my neighbourhood to dress up and trick ‘r treat, in fact I’ve been caught without any sweets (or should I say ‘candy’) quite a few times because I’m still not used to the idea. For this Halloween I had a little party at my place. I was quite unlucky to fall sick the day before the party, which is the day I usually do all the cooking and baking, but thankfully I had chosen stress free recipes to work with, and in the evening of the party I was in high spirits, and feeling much better.  The menu included: savoury witches fingers ( served with dips, cheese & cold cut platters), pumpkin, caramelised onion and gorgonzola quiche, glazed ‘princess’ lemon biscuits, & bloody sangria! Scroll down for the recipes and more Although not really a Halloween treat, I wanted to make these lemon bites because we will be selling them along with our illustrations at a Handmade fair in December, so obviously I wanted to test them on guests and see the reactions. I’m […]



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