Laura Windvogel is the lady behind Dear Dorothy, a vintage label and vintage-inspired line of clothing and hair accessories. Her studio space in Cape Town’s CBD is shared with an assortment of other creatives and plays host to the occasional gin soiree. We visited Laura is her space this week and asked a few questions.
Between 10and5: Where is your space?
Laura Windvogel: It’s situated in the old Spracklens Building in lower Longmarket Street.
10and5: What about the area appeals to you?
Laura: I love how the surroundings change depending on the time of day. When I get there in the mornings it’s filled with taxis and hawkers, towards lunchtime there are loads of corporates getting a quick lunch from the Eastern Food Bazaar across the road and towards 6 I see seamstresses from surrounding areas heading home.
10and5: How does the city inspire you?
Laura: I like how you become a fixture in the surroundings by taking the same route, greeting the same people and frequenting the same coffee spots. It makes you feel like you’re part of a giant machine and that you play an important part in it.
10and5: Who shares the studio with you and what do they make?
Laura: Isabeau Joubert, a ‘Yarn Bomber’. She weaves, crochets, and knits everything from mats to fabrics and gloves. Jules Visnjic a German clothing designer with the label UNKNOWN. Adriaan van Wyk who designs and makes his own sunglasses and Steven Scheffler, a web designer.
10and5: Does the building have a story?
Laura: The old Sprackles is almost 200 years old and still has all its original flooring. The moment I set my feet there in November 2011 I knew I HAD to have it as my working space. It has a lift that has two entrances and scares the hell out of anyone that takes it. The space has enormous sash windows that allow natural light in from every angle.
It’s hard to believe that all three floors of the Spracklens was inhabited by the furniture store Morkels till the late 1960′s. Now we have the Rudimentals practicing till 1am on the 2nd floor, jewellery designers and labour lawyers as our neighbors.
10and5: Whatâ€™s your favourite thing about the studio?
Laura: The windows, the wooden floors and of course the people I share it with.
10and5: Who is welcome in your space?
Laura: Literally anyone that will watch me work and be good company. Towards 5 we usually have a drink or 3 and crack out some records and go for dinner afterwards.
10and5: What music is playing?
Laura: Usually a playlist made up of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and some David Bowie for good measure. On a more “modern” day I’ll listen to The Knife and Frank Ocean.
10and5: What will the space never see?
Laura: Me leaving.
Laura is currently looking for an additional studio mate. If you’re interested get in touch at email@example.com.
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