Patches Fair 2013

December 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Our second event was the awesome ‘Patches Fair’ last Sunday. ‘Patches’ is a hand-made seasonal market that happens in Malta. Have to say that this is one of the best things to ever happen to local DIY / craft / handmade / general art lovers. There are so many talented creators showcasing and selling everything from tailored clothes, handmade jewelry, hand poured candles, quirky toys, beautiful ceramics and much much more. Our stand was of course, based on illustrated material. For Patches, we created 3 greeting ‘cookie’ cards. Each card comes with a cookie (variations: Lavender, lemon & chocolate) and a pull-out recipe for that particular cookie. Each of us baked a different cookie and we worked together to create these cards. Ruth drew the dot-rendered cookies, I rendered them in Photoshop and helped Sarah with the Layout. Sarah finalised the layout and did her own additions to it, created patterns and motifs in the background, and of course, carefully silk screen printed all three cards and their recipes! We are very happy that the cards have been a success and we have also been approached to sell them in a gift shop. We also had Ruth’s Mum’s ever popular […]

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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 […]


Event Preparation – Making the Journals and the Candles

October 21, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In preparation for the Birgufest 2013 we wanted to prepare something special. We had already prepared lots of material, which is direct material from the blog. However we wanted something else, something which is not just a simple by-product from our blog aticles, but something which will help us commemorate this event. After several brain storming sessions of what would be the ideal main product for the stand, we came up with the idea of journals. Not just your average journal you find at the stationer’s, but gorgeous hand illustrated, hand stitched journals loving made by us. Upon this decision, a courageous one in fact as it was the most time consuming of all the options, we started designing until we had an illustration each to put on a journal. The process involved a lot of preparation which can easily be overlooked, such as selecting the papers for the inside and outside. We wanted to make sure that the papers are thick enough so they can hold even a drawing well, but not too thick in order to allow for stitching. After the printing was done, we were counting papers and stacking them in the order they are to be […]


Birgufest 2013

October 14, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Last weekend was an extremely busy one, for a very good reason. We had been preparing for the Birgufest 2013, drawing, making material, preparing candles and other things. It was the first time that we were participating in an event representing the blog, making this event a new mile stone for us. We had plenty of people coming to see the stand, and also a variety of hand made things for sale ranging from hand stitched and hand illustrated journals, homemade jam, screen printed artist books and prints, and a variety of illustrated post cards. We had a variety of candles which really lit up the stand; these were purposely made for the event and really caught the attention of passers by. Setting up was really fun, as we all enjoyed playing around with things and doing our best to present them in a creative manner. We brought several things which aided in the presentation, making the stand look like a little creative hub. I have never been to Birgufest before, but this was a great experience and I hope it won’t be my last. We also hope that there will be plenty of similar events for our blog in […]

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August 03, 2013 / by / 2 Comments

I had been thinking of going to Paris for a very long time, but sadly due to studying abroad (and studying online with a foreign University) most of my trips in the past couple of years have been to the UK.  This year I rebelled. I did not go to my Masters graduation in London and instead booked  2 flights to Paris, found a nice hotel and that’s that. I did visit Paris when I was 12, but back then I was more interested in spending 3 days in Disneyland. This time round, Disneyland was one of the least exciting things on my to-do list. My priority when going on holiday is food. Yes I love sight seeing, shopping, events and museums, but I love them because I know that afterwards I’ll be getting local food. Let me tell you, thank God I did a lot of walking in Paris, because if I hadn’t done so, I would have come back to Malta with an extra 10 kilos or so.. but before I start yapping on about food, I’m going to show you my Paris pictures in the form of an informal guide.. so if you’re planning on visiting Paris […]


Chanel vintage finds

July 27, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Ever since moving from to each one of us authors has found an area in the art, design & diy world that is close to her heart. Whilst Moira is re-discovering fashion illustration through Blog Me, Draw Me! and Sarah is coming up with fresh prints, my area is that of memoirs. Items of sentimental value have always intrigued me not just through their function and decor, but also artistically. Therefore, my main task at Design Sorbet is currently to introduce an object that doesn’t simply interest me aesthetically, but that also carries a history or a story along with it, perhaps it being a beautiful vintage item or a more contemporary object that might have a playful/funny story behind it. These items can be inheritances, tools or objects which were produced by my family or the family of other authors, and other special artefacts that we bring from different places that we travel to. I sincerely hope that you will appreciate, enjoy and perhaps learn something from our colourful memoirs. From tweed jackets, brooches and silk scarves, Coco Chanel`s world has always been a fascination for most women and fashion enthusiasts in general, mostly due to the brand’s timeless design and also […]



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