2. Smart Art Spotlight: Meet The Team

2. Smart Art Spotlight: Meet The Team

9th Sep 2021
Smart Art
Smart Art

Explore and discover decorating freedom for your office or home. If you can think it, the team from Smart Art will print it. We caught up with owner and founder Theresa van Wyk who shared some insight into this growing creative brand in South Africa.

Tell us your background and how you started in the creative industry?

Born in the Karoo and educated at a farm school that consisted of a total of 10 pupils, I guess I’ve always had a desire to do something more exciting with my life – to make a dash for the big city lights and inner city living.

My first taste of the big life was an eight-year stretch that I spent in London, working in the bland, grey corporate world. Perhaps this was my first inspiration for more colour in my life – London can be drab and depressing to anyone born in this beautiful rainbow nation of ours.

I returned home to South Africa at a time when the whole country seemed to be undergoing ‘decor revolution’. Home owners now had access to a new and interesting communication medium known as “the Internet”, which opened up a brand new world of design previously unseen here. There was a shift in trends for something that offered more impact, more style, more colour and I immediately saw a niche in the market for individuality and creative freedom, specifically on this burgeoning home front.

I set up studio in my garage, trained myself on computer design programs and got used to the idea of working for myself. In hindsight I must confess that working for myself has proven to be much harder than I originally thought, as I often had to work through the night, but the rewards have made it all worthwhile. Not only do I love what I do, I am lucky enough to be able to express my creativity. And it hasn’t stopped there. I continue to improve my skills, searching for new ideas and exploring the various options in other avenues that could be developed using the latest digital technology for creating unique and inspiring graphics and innovative products for interiors.

What is the history of Smart Art?

Smart Art has been in business for over 16 years now. The idea behind Smart Art is a belief in personal freedom and individuality. Hence our slogan, Think it. We’ll Print it.

I wanted to be able to give people the freedom to choose exactly what they wanted in their homes and business. In other words: To let them create their own space with products that are custom made from our design collections or recreated from original works supplied by clients.

What inspires you?

To be exact, Travelling.

Being in other countries and different cities for sure. I find most of my inspiration through sense and excitement. As nice as pretty pictures are to look at, nothing compares to life and experiences.

Is there a deeper meaning to your brand name, Smart Art?

It’s a literal translation. Being Smart with Art. We create the perfect space for everyone to admire. Desire to strive harder and create a one-of-a-kind service for our clients.

Tell us more about the team behind the brand…

Theresa – The Owner and Founder

Belinda – The Magic Maker / The Hand of the King

Tevin – Our quirky design guru

Stephanie – Smart Art’s graphic expert

Any exciting projects or collaborations you are involved in?

We have extremely exciting news coming soon. We’ve been busy!

Smart Art Kids will be launched soon but Ssssshhhh #Watchthisspace.

Smart Corporate Gifts is up and running and certainly kicking off with a bang. Check out the link on our website. We offer a wide range of high-end corporate branded gifting and displays perfect for any event.

You have a vast portfolio. What are you most proud of?

The small differences we make. Every delighted client is what we are most proud of. We’re proud of the relationships we’ve built over the years with suppliers, traders, and clients. We’re just so proud to be Smart Art.

Do you have any new exciting pieces that you have recently launched or anything in the pipeline?

Always! It’s never really ending. You always need to reinvent the wheel and stay on top of your industry.

We have recently launched our Eco-Friendly cotton seamless wallpaper which is brilliant in high traffic areas. UV printed so it doesn’t fade and the best part… You can clean it 😉 Let’s not turn our Q&A into a sales pitch but if you want to know more, you know where to find us.

The perfect place in your home to indulge?

My studio with my pooches, paint brushes and Pinotage! The freedom to create is something that never goes away, even after you’ve made a career out of it. I find tranquillity in my painting and inspiration in my wine.

I know very few of us are travelling right now but if you could where would you go?

Portugal is the next stop on my agenda followed by barge hopping in through the South of France.

What are your current favourite restaurants/shops?

Take me to any shoe shop and I’ll be happy. I love the Social Table in Obs one of my favourite restaurant. We always meet so many interesting new people.

What’s your personal motto?

Keep it simple but make it count.

A place you visited to unwind in Africa?

Botswana, the endless back roads and windy gravel paths… Open air where my soul breathes.

Fynbos Edition 1

9th Sep 2021

Did you know that the range of Fynbos is so elegant and will transform your space into one amazing interior.

Fynbos
Fynbos

There are tons of products that you can mix and match with and custom make any product or wallpaper to suit your space. Add that bit of nature to your space and feel like it is right next to you. Find out more about fynbos at

We offer the following sets:

  • Table Runner & Coasters
  • Table Linen & Serviettes
  • Scatter Cushion Cover Combos
  •  And so much more!

Visit www.smartart.co.za for inspiration.  For more information contact: info@smartart.co.za or call 021-447 0872

Please see attached low-res PDF.  To view the entire range please email us for access to our entire range of high-res images.

Boho Love – Smart Art Summer & Spring Collection 2022

9th Sep 2021

Smart Art would like to Introduce Exclusive Bespoke Range with Our Boho Inspired Wallpaper and Home Décor

Be free, let your soul sing, full of vim and vigour, and re-discover the beauty of the world:  “Smart Art’s Exclusive Boho Love & Fynbos Home Décor” collection is now available to fill the void.

Create your slice of bohemian heaven with our Boho Love Collection or choose from our Fynbos options.  Our home décor range have a distinctly quirky, rustic & shabby chic twist.

Smart Art New Décor items include:

  • Custom printed wallpaper (Seamless).
  • Matching tablecloths and napkins (Machine washable).
  • Handmade Scatter cushion covers fabricated in luxurious washable fabrics.
  • Vinyl Stickers for Splash backs and Appliances.
  • Oversize clocks.
  • Oven mittens and cutting boards.
  • Bin Vinyl and more.

Theresa van Wyk, Creative Director of Smart Art comments on Val Smit’s work.

” Most people think of boho style, as an African inspired bohemia, namely the bright colours, clashing prints and metal tones, that are often introduced into the décor of a boho themed living space. Include lanterns, jewel-coloured cushions to achieve this laid-back vibe.  However, we decided to tone down the patterns but stay true to our African culture with its mesmerising patterns and textures.  In our new Spring Range, we twisted the patterns with authentic birds, succulents, and veggies from an African Garden.

The beauty of it all is that you can add elements you like and take away what will not suit your interior.  We specialize in Bespoke Printing of all our product thus our motto: Think it, we’ll print it”  

It has never been this easy to be individual!  All you need is a bit of imagination.  Visit www.smartart.co.za for inspiration.  For more information contact: info@smartart.co.za or call 021-447 0872. Want your own design? Find more ideas on https://stock.adobe.com/photos

Big News – Exclusive to Smart Art

24th Aug 2021

Introducing Our Exclusive Bespoke Range with Ballad by VaL Smit ART. Ballad, is a luxurious bespoke, limited-edition décor and homeware range expertly developed by internationally acclaimed artist Val Smit and superiorly printed by Smart Art. All printed products are based on internationally published, original artworks and poetry by the artist and has a uniquely identifiable serial number as part of the limited printed bespoke series. Val’s art has featured predominantly in the USA and Europe. She is currently working on interview options with an artistic and cultural NGO based in France.

The first series include 5 designs which can be mixed and matched to revamp any space, whether it is your home office, a spa, hotel, or office space.

Décor items include:

• Custom printed wallpaper (Seamless).

• Matching tablecloths and napkins (Machine washable).

• Handmade Scatter cushion covers fabricated in luxurious washable fabrics.

• Order for R500 or more and receive a custom printed face mask worth R280 for free.

Theresa van Wyk, Creative Director of Smart Art comments on Val Smit’s work. “We are delighted that we were handpicked to be the sole distributor of Val’s amazing art. Her art and poetry inspire me to get up in the morning and see the world from a different angle” It has never been this easy to be individual! All you need is a bit of imagination.

Visit www.smartart.co.za for inspiration. For more information contact: info@smartart.co.za or call 0214470872.

You can find our amazing products on SA Decor too.

Autumn End Trends

21st Apr 2021

With Autumn coming to an end and Winter about to begin. Why not warm up your space with some of the most stunning Autumn coloured wallpapers at a special price of R299/m2. There are many images to choose from to warm up your space.

*Offer Valid Until 31 May 2021
*T&Cs Apply

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Office Space Revamp

1st Jun 2017

An Office Space should be attractive, catchy and make employees feel flexible and easy. This way they will be stimulated to increase their productivity without even realizing it.

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment.  It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” – Bruce Garrabrandt

Our work is shaped so greatly by our surroundings, wallpapers are great for making your work space look fun, while keeping it professional.

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Black & White Interiors

1st Jun 2017

A black and white palette is timeless and classic, with endless possibilities from subdued to statement-making. Whether you’re colour-phobic or colour obsessed, you’re guaranteed to fall for these black and white spaces.

Choose vibrant accent colours for a focal point. Add colourful artwork, shiny or matte finish metal accents, and modern designed fabrics. Even cottage style interiors can use a black-and-white colour scheme. Pair black-and-white toile fabric with gingham checks on chair covers, tablecloths, and pillows.

Find your perfect design? With a quick click of a button, we’ll convert any image from full colour to black & white, grayscale or monochrome. 

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