Hello!

I’m Riëtte and I’m so happy to “meet” you. Welcome to my home on the World Wide Web. 

A little more about me

I’m a self-taught Creative Geek and work@homeschooling-mom and I work from my home in Ballito, South Africa. I love that I get to do what I love and help other people like myself at the same time. I believe that you never stop learning and that you are very blessed if you get to work at a job that you would like to do till the day you leave this earth, few people have that opportunity. I hope that by sharing my journey and my knowledge and also my creative work that it will encourage, inspire and equip someone else on their journey.

It’s taken me a long time to find my way and figure out what it is that I love to do, so if you’re there right now, I want to encourage you to keep going, you’ll get there. 

What I do

I’m a creative person and I dream of one day having licensed artwork out in the world – things like fabric, stationery, household items and more. I’m still working on “finding my style” as they say but also believe “if you don’t try you won’t know”. For a long time I struggled to share my work and it became a terrible cycle of making something, comparing myself to others and stopping for a while. Perfectionism and comparison does not work for anyone, which is why I am sharing now.

Around 2012 I was looking for a way to get my then-business online (I baked and decorated cakes, cupcakes and biscuits at the time) and I discovered so many online tutorials and advice – it was a whole new world for me. It’s here where I learned about WordPress and after much research decided on using the Divi theme from Elegant themes. Back then it was just a wireframe builder, but it was amazing to learn. I started learning HTML and CSS as well and went down a rabbit hole. Wanting to make my own logo I started learning Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and took an online Graphic Design course. It was somewhere during this journey that I heard about something called Surface Pattern Design and realised that I could create patterns and illustrations digitally. I started learning all I can about how to make patterns, different formats, resolutions, and much more and people started asking me to help them with their websites and branding and I even got to do illustration work for a medical company and make a pattern as part of a branding package. 

I did realise through this that I don’t like working the same way everyone else does, but that I want people to be able to learn to do it themselves. I think it’s so much easier to pay someone to do something for you when you know what it is you are asking them to do, but it’s also freeing to be able to do it yourself.

Now I’m here (that’s a long story very short), trying to combine all the things I love to do to help other people and also make a living to support my family.

Thank you for reading so far, I really appreciate you being here and hope you’ll stay a while. 

About my family

I am wife to Alvin and mom to three beautiful kids – Katelyn, Jordan and Zoey and I get to spend all day with them, by choice. Sometimes they drive me mad, but most of the time I am so thankful for the opportunity to be at home with them. I know there are many moms out there who would love to be in my shoes, but just can’t. 

I am the worst homemaker you have ever met and I really don’t like cooking. My husband enjoys it though and cooks often after work and our eldest daughter loves finding recipes online and cooking and baking for us. 

Formal Bio

I’m a self-taught Illustrator and Designer and I work from my home in Ballito, South Africa. I have worked on projects such as illustrations for a medical company, websites, branding and graphic design for small businesses and also pattern designs for branding projects. 

I am changing direction in my career to be more helpful to other Creatives and small business owners by teaching my skills as a Web and Graphic designer and working on building my own portfolio in illustration, surface pattern design and lettering and calligraphy. 

For illustration and design work I work predominantly in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Procreate. I also have knowledge of InDesign, After Effects and Premier Pro. For web design I work in WordPress with the Divi theme. 

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