I am Jennifer Pape
I grew up in a few very small towns in the Free State of South Africa. And when I say small I mean small, like 13 kids in my matric year. Places where I could be wild and solitary and get lost in the Lesotho mountains if I want to, but where I still found myself.
I find joy in many many things, books and poetry, the sound of the sea and quietness of a fynbos veld, walls full of graffiti in Woodstock and Soutrivier. Besides collecting rocks and plastic dinosaurs, I also write poetry, which may appear randomly on the website.
I was a geologist for years, but then I did a friends’ website in the middle of the 2000s by teaching myself HTML and CSS and I was hooked. I was, and still is, fascinated by the contrast of the HTML language at the backend that is just code and the output of a beautiful website that can be viewed by someone in Iceland on the opposite site of the globe.
I worked for a corporate company as the inhouse web designer for many years, but it is the freelance work I do for small businesses where my passion lies. Anyway so here I am, now living in Observatory, Cape Town, as a freelance web designer, designing websites and logos and brochures and booklets or whatever can be done with Wordpress, Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, Dreamweaver and the imagination.
First of all I love the sea, there is so many weird things to be found there and we still have so much to learn from the ocean. The octopus (from the greek octo (eight) and pous (feet) is called seekat in Afrikaans, which directly translated means seacat) is an incredible creature with a very alien intelligence, I mean it’s family includes slugs! And think what it can do, change shape and colour, solve complex problem, use shells and coconut husks to hide in or just for fun, it has brains in its tentacles. It is fast learning and flexible and that is what my mission is for this website. Being able to adjust for each clients’ needs and to use my knowledge and creativity to be most effective, like an octopus changes it’s own shape and colour.
vanaf die stoep hou ons die migrasie
van sprinkane dop wat die dorp oorval
en die rooivalke
wat sprinkaanpote en vlerke laat reën
minute nadat die swerm reeds verdwyn het