Made by hand

Posted 27th January 2011 • By DI2011 Exhibitor • Topic Product Design / Craft • Category Design Snippets in News
See the very best handmade items in the Western Cape at Design Indaba Expo with the Cape Craft and Design Institute.
Bottle Cap Craft by Phanny Mangwiro. Photo: Eric Miller.
Bottle Cap Craft by Phanny Mangwiro. Photo: Eric Miller.
Red Hot Glass by Elizabeth Lacey. Photo: Eric Miller.
Red Hot Glass by Elizabeth Lacey. Photo: Eric Miller.
Sangoma by Mel Miller. Photo: Eric Miller.
Sangoma by Mel Miller. Photo: Eric Miller.
Skull by Alessandro Pappada. Photo: Eric Miller.
Skull by Alessandro Pappada. Photo: Eric Miller.
Printers Tray Cupboard by Recreate. Photo: Eric Miller.
Printers Tray Cupboard by Recreate. Photo: Eric Miller.
Feeling African by Willard Musarurwa-Sallie. Photo: Eric Miller.
Feeling African by Willard Musarurwa-Sallie. Photo: Eric Miller.
Collection Calavera by Nicola de Jager. Photo: Eric Miller.
Collection Calavera by Nicola de Jager. Photo: Eric Miller.
Artistic Wood Turnings by Bert Parker. Photo: Eric Miller.
Artistic Wood Turnings by Bert Parker. Photo: Eric Miller.
Leechar Homes by Lizzie Ngewnya. Photo: Eric Miller.
Leechar Homes by Lizzie Ngewnya. Photo: Eric Miller.
Cowgirlblues by Bridget Henderson. Photo: Eric Miller.
Cowgirlblues by Bridget Henderson. Photo: Eric Miller.

The Cape Craft & Design Institute’s (CCDI) annual Handmade Collection will present some 47 objects created by designers of the Western Cape at Design Indaba Expo between 25 and 27 February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The final selection was made from 215 entries, the criteria for selection being an object that would demonstrate the relevance, creativity and collectibility of handmade products.

Featuring the work of both established and upcoming crafters, some of the designs to look forward to include Amy Rusch’s crown made of wire, cotton thread and recycled magazines paper, and Jane Solomon’s seat that’s been upholstered in a new fabric inspired by indigenous birds.

Upcycling and repurposing were popular themes with a large bottle cap basket by Phanny Mangwiro and a cupboard made from antique wooden printer trays by Katie Thompson of Recreate. There is also Willard Musarurwa’s large wirework chair, maple and rosewood candlesticks by Bert Parker, and a merino wool and mohair handbag by Bridget Henderson, among other interesting creations.

“As this exhibition encourages producers and designer makers to push their creative boundaries, new marketable products often flow from this event,” says Majorie Naidoo, the CCDI’s communications manager.

The Handmade Collection, now in its third year, is the premier showcase of the CCDI, a Section 21 company set up 10 years ago by the Western Cape Province and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to promote and grow the craft and design sector.


See the Cape Craft and Design Insitute's Handmade Collection at Design Indaba Expo from 25 to 27 February 2011.

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