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Meet the maker: Stephane van Eck

Meet the maker: Stephane van Eck

Est 2015, Cape town.

Who is Stephane van Eck?

I am an ever curious person, have a love for all things nature & design and mom to a 9 year old son. I consider myself as a bit of a late bloomer as I discovered my passion for photography and my creative soul only towards my mid 30’s . I worked corporate for many years and then realised that what makes my heart sing is not chasing someone else’s dream but pursuing my love for photography. Besides bringing nature’s art into homes via prints, I also do interior photography. Once I stepped out of the corporate world, I was blessed to have time to nurture my creative soul and realised that in nature lies so much beauty but we sometimes need to stop and really look around to discover simple beauty.

What was the idea behind your brand?

I love simplicity, symmetry and within nature these elements are so perfectly combined. Via photography as an art medium, I started to bring nature into homes via art prints . My print range started out with three cacti prints and from there evolved and now includes 32 botanical prints, a Nguni range and soon to come to KNUS a somewhat different prints called Cyanotype or blue print art pieces. 

How many people work for you?

Only me 

What are your best sellers?

Best sellers vary as interior trends change. I would say originally it was the cacti range, then the Delicious monsters range and currently the Eucalyptus and pampas grass prints are doing very well. 

What is YOUR favourite product of your collection?

I would have to say at the moment its my eucalyptus range.

What to you is the best thing about selling on KNUS?

KNUS runs like a well oiled machine. Their system works so well, from online advertising/ marketing straight through to receiving orders and transport hereof. Knus reached an audience that I would otherwise not have been able to tap into.

How would you say it has impacted your business selling through KNUS?

Knus is the  largest reseller of my prints and without KNUS,I would definitely miss a chunk of orders every month.

Why would you say it is important for customers to support local?

South Africa is blessed with so much talent and creativity and supporting local, you are helping to fuel and grow talent in our country.