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Designer Miriam Haynes-Janari is drawing inspiration from South African indigenous species, challenging herself to create a series of patterns.


South Africa (07 December 2023) – Miriam Haynes-Janari is an illustrator, pattern maker and graphic designer, who has turned her artistic eye toward the indigenous species of South Africa for design inspiration.

Miriam reached out to let us know that a 2018 story about the endangered Blue Crane was the source of inspiration for her latest series of patterns.

“I was doing some research the other day about blue cranes and came across your article. I found it very interesting and tbh I didn’t know they were endangered. Anyway, I am a designer and I am currently doing a series of patterns and illustrations celebrating our diverse South African heritage — from the quagga, to our mountains, to fynbos, to… well, I’m not picky about the subject matter, as long as it’s indigenous to RSA.”

The series has stretched her creativity and pushed her to create unique designs that sing with local love. She has also focused on the iconic Protea and the local gem, a Strelitzia. Both flowers are popular locally and internationally.

There is so much inspiration to be drawn from life in South Africa. Miriam is one of many local designers highlighting the beauty of indigenous species.

Take a look at her Blue Crane pattern below.

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