Karoo Studio logo

A celebration of natural veld and design

Karoo Studio logo

Here in Montagu in the Klein Karoo, Western Cape, I have the great good fortune to be surrounded by nature's designs, which inspire me to create web and graphic design on the same principles:

simplicity | harmony | functionality | beauty

Websites must load quickly, leaving you the rest of the day free to smell the roses.

Services:

  • Web design beautiful, lightweight html, css, javascript
  • Image & video optimisation for web or print
  • SEO (search engine optimisation)
Text Services
  • Proofreading & Editing, including formal scientific writing for journals.
  • Translation (Afrikaans/English)
  • Computer training on your computer (Montagu & surrounds), covering the aspects you want covered, for the duration that suits you (no formal courses or certificates given)
  • Bookkeeping
  • Graphic design
  • Corporate ID (imaging, branding, logos)
  • Publication layout and design
  • Botanical (plant) identification
  • Guided Wildflower/Veld walks
  • Guided Bird walks

WEB DESIGN

Professional, crisp, clean web design, hand-crafted (no templates) to effectively promote your business. The sites load quickly, look good on all devices, and give the readers the information they are looking for without any unnecessary content.

Piet-se-Pad residential development

Piet-se-Pad

Residential development in Montagu, Western Cape

Leiwater

Montagu Leiwater Gebruikersvereniging/Users' Association

Leiwater distribution & maintenance in Montagu, Western Cape.

Adar Agri-village

Adar Agri-village

Residential agri-development in Montagu, Western Cape

RAD Foundation

RAD Foundation

Rural Arts Development Foundation for upliftment of youth through the arts - Breede River Valley, Western Cape

Reflections

Reflections Art Framers

Professional framers in Montagu, Western Cape.

360 on 62

360 on 62

B&B with 360° mountain views on the R62, Montagu, Western Cape

Khobar Vet

Khobar Veterinary Clinic

Animal clinic, supplies & import/export of pets.

The Last Resort

The Last Resort

Women-only sober living farm in the Koo, Western Cape

MarvellousMontagu

Marvellous Montagu

Destination marketing company, Montagu and surrounds, Western Cape

PurrfectPets

Purrfect Pets

Pet shop in Saudi Arabia.

inTandem

inTandem Decor & Design

Frames & furniture hand-crafted from reclaimed wood.

KarooAdventures

Karoo Adventures

Overland 4X4, quad & bike trails, Western Cape

Piet-se-Pad residential development

Piet-se-Pad

Residential development in Montagu, Western Cape

Leiwater

Montagu Leiwater Gebruikersvereniging/Users' Association

Leiwater distribution & maintenance in Montagu, Western Cape.

Adar Agri-village

Adar Agri-village

Residential agri-development in Montagu, Western Cape

RAD Foundation

RAD Foundation

Rural Arts Development Foundation for upliftment of youth through the arts - Breede River Valley, Western Cape

Reflections

Reflections Art Framers

Professional framers in Montagu, Western Cape.

360 on 62

360 on 62

B&B with 360° mountain views on the R62, Montagu, Western Cape

Khobar Vet

Khobar Veterinary Clinic

Animal clinic, supplies & import/export of pets.

The Last Resort

The Last Resort

Women-only sober living farm in the Koo, Western Cape

MarvellousMontagu

Marvellous Montagu

Destination marketing company, Montagu and surrounds, Western Cape

PurrfectPets

Purrfect Pets

Pet shop in Saudi Arabia.

inTandem

inTandem Decor & Design

Frames & furniture hand-crafted from reclaimed wood.

KarooAdventures

Karoo Adventures

Overland 4X4, quad & bike trails, Western Cape

Design is affordable, starting at R3,500.00 for a basic site (first five pages). I am also happy to take photographs for the site, design your corporate identity (logos etc.), and draw maps and other graphics for easy-to-read sites and publications.


CORPORATE ID (identity, imaging, branding)



simplicity | harmony | functionality | beauty

I strive to embody the above attributes in all that I do, including design of logos, branding and publication layout. All images for logos are drawn or photographed by yours truly, 100% original and unique.

Corporate Identity is the easily recognisable identity of a business in brief. The logo, colours, fonts and theme should accurately express the company's image. It should be simple, capture the essence of the business, and be used on the website, all stationery, signs and branded items. Over time this instills trust in the brand.


KleinKarooCrew

Klein Karoo Crew

A group of volunteers who conduct Search-and-Rescue of flora and fauna from natural veld that human development will destroy.



Afroscentrics

Afroscentrics

Range of beauty products made with indigenous South African plant extracts.

Clambridge Cottages

Clambridge Cottages

B&B in KZN Midlands.



PHOTOGRAPHY

Katydid nymph Kaleidoscope eyes - antlion adult Fire-front kite dreppy zebra beefly boomslang big beefly bee flowers beefly flowers beetle flowers fiscal shrike

I specialise in macro nature photography - I love the small and beautiful. Birds, insects, plants and mammals are my favourite subjects - either as gorgeous art or for scientific and identification purposes. Please contact me if you wish to use any of my photographs, or if you need a special photo session for the plants and animals on your property.

I am also happy to take photos for your website or other promotional material.

BIRDING & BOTANICAL SERVICES

The Klein Karoo is a very small and fragile veld type unique to southern Africa. I and my associates are working hard to create awareness and appreciation for the plants and animals. Many landowners are already farming and developing sustainably, and conserving their natural veld.

A great way of recording and sharing your veld experiences is to load your observations on iSpot, a free community site for southern Africa.

I offer the following services with a view to sharing knowledge for the conservation, rehabilitation and passion for these magnificent landscapes.

Bird Walks

I offer fun and informative guided bird walks in the area. I am a member of Birding Pal and know good places to stay which are bird- and birder-friendly. See our birdlist for the area. The best birding times are between April and October. During drought years such as 2011, several arid zone species have been seen as far south as Montagu. In wetter years the migrants hang around a bit longer rather than just passing through. The veld here is mostly Succulent Karoo and Renosterveld, interspersed with orchards and vineyards, and Fynbos on the mountain slopes. We also have a wide variety of mammal, reptile and invertebrate species.

Good places to stay for birding in the area include Rietvlei Grove and 360 on 62.

Portrait of a sweetie-pie (Cape Bunting)
Crassula columnaris - one of our quirky klein karoo plants

Plant Identification

The Klein Karoo is rich in species diversity with 4620 species of plant - and counting. New species are being found all the time. Plants are not just pretty to look at; they also indicate what the soil and rock types are in an area, the water quality, historical land use and fires. Many indigenous plants are poisonous to stock, but most of them have medicinal and other uses for both humans and animals. Knowing your plants allows you to modify stock operations for maximum use of the veld without damaging it.

If you have plants that you wish to have identified, please contact me.

Guided Wildflower Walks

Montagu dorp is situated on the shale hillsides of the Klein Karoo and is surrounded by the most gorgeous natural veld. Autumn, winter and spring, the veld is filled with the bright faces of hundreds of plant species. I offer guided walks through this veld to showcase these plants and some of the fascinating animals that live among them.

Spider orchid (Bartholina etheliae)

Caterpillar Rearing Group (CRG)

I'm a proud member of the CRG and have discovered great joy and wonder in rearing caterpillars to adulthood! Southern Africa's moth fauna is huge (about 10,000 species) and yet very poorly studied and under-recorded (our butterflies have received all the attention). Rearing caterpillars teaches us what they eat, how long the larval stage is, what the pupae are like and where they are constructed, and what moth belongs to which caterpillar.

Caterpillar and moth of Paralacydes vocula reared on Lycium spp. (Solanaceae)

Caterpillar and moth of Paralacydes vocula reared on Lycium spp. (Solanaceae).

Caterpillar and moth of Paralacydes vocula reared on Lycium spp. (Solanaceae)

Caterpillar and moth of Paralacydes vocula reared on Lycium spp. (Solanaceae).

All the members of the CRG submit their rearing data which are collated in a database. The results of the Group (up to December 2015) were published in Metamorphosis in 2016.

If you wish to rear caterpillars and join the group, please visit the above Lepsoc page for more info. You can also visit iSpot for Tips on rearing larvae and see our gallery of beasties Reared from larval stage (not just moths, but flies, frogs and bugs as well!). There is also the Pillar Parade - a showcase of southern African pillars, which can help with identification.

Thank you for visiting my site. Now, step away from the computer, and go and bask in the aroma of flowers under a tree :-)