Hello, fellow design-lover. I’m Brigitte de Villiers and thank you for visiting Monkeyshine.

Monkeyshine is my personal site through which I seek to showcase modern charms for retro souls (my own as well as others that I find in the great big internet jungle), and to provide design-related tips, reviews, resources and information for other aspiring designers and makers.

Monkeyshine posts cover a variety of topics relating to art, design and creative pursuits (graphic design, surface pattern design, web design, lettering, illustration, print-making, art, some crafts … you get the idea! They also incude features or roundups to bring attention to work by other artists, designers, creators and makers whose work I admire. And since I’m a nature lover, and Mother Nature is the muse to many a creative soul, there’ll also be content that celebrates her beauty.

I want to be completely upfront about how I earn my bread and butter, so I’m disclosing that I participate in affiliate programs that provide some income to support Monkeyshine.

This means that for certain links on this site, if you click on the links and buy products or services from those websites, I may receive a small commission. There is no extra cost to you — you will not pay more by clicking on my affiliate links — and what’s more, you’ll be sending a little appreciation my way.

Monkeyshine is also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

The affiliate links may be in the form of text links within my posts, or banner ads/images (usually in my sidebar).

Please note that the commission received will never influence the content I provide in this blog. The views and opinions expressed on Monkeyshine are completely my own. I only include affiliate links to products or services that my own personal experience, preference or research has led me to recommend to you. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product, resource or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

It’s my dream to build Monkeyshine into a global community of Monkeyshiners who want to see the world become a better, kinder place (and Mother Nature nurtured) through art and design. Without your trust and support, I won’t be able to that!

Thank you for visiting Monkeyshine, and thank you for helping this monkey to shine. If you have any questions regarding this disclosure, please get in touch via my contact form.