Luzelle van der Westhuizen studied jewellery design at Cape Town’s University of Technology, graduating with honours. After graduation, she set up a small jewellery studio in Cape Town, but after a couple of months, the travel bug bit and her bags were packed for London. After working for other designers, the time was right to go on a creative adventure again. Luzelle completed a short course in printmaking in London and started creating colourful prints under the name Mengsel.
Her work is inspired by geometric and hand-drawn patterns, as well as African and Scandinavian design. Using traditional silkscreen printing methods, the result is colourful, bold and sometimes whimsical. Luzelle has also done freelance design work for clients such as Marc Jacobs and her work has been sold in stores that represent the best in contemporary design, such as Heal’s.
Mengsel prints have been featured in the pages of ELLE Decoration, House & Leisure, Condé Nast House & Garden, Glamour UK, Computer Arts and Good Homes to name a few. CLICK HERE to see press images.
Mengsel = mixture in Afrikaans and Dutch