South Africa really does have a lot of creative talent. A large portion of that talent is convening right now in Stellenbosch for KAMERS/Makers and will soon be at our Irene show from 4 – 10 December too.
Make sure you pay a visit to at least one of these shows to get your fill of local inspiration this year.
Take a look through these moodboards for a snapshot of the natural you’ll find at KAMERS/Makers this summer.
Textures are a big focal point in home decor, so keep your eye open for home items made from natural materials or created in interesting ways. A handwoven grass basket, combined with macrame hanging planter are the details that can add interest and variation to a space. What’s more, you’ll be supporting Mzansi Makers, our initiative aimed at empowering marginalised communities through the arts.
Find out more about Mzansi Makers.
The right angle
Combine geometric shapes playfully with botanical references, using planters and succulents from Soil Theory offset by masterfully designed scatter cushions by bbellamy&bbellamy. Add a 1970s reference with the addition of a geometric wooden clock by Cut Design and an African fauna and flora patterned tea towel by Ark Paper Studios.
On the table
There is something so lovely and personal about handmade ceramic pieces. Lovingly shaped with the artist’s bare hands; then painted, varnished and fired in an extremely hot oven, each piece has its own story to tell. Add a touch of opulence to your table settings this festive season with gold-edged bowls by Julia K Ceramics and hand-painted plates from Little Annie Frannie.
To complete the look, pair the piece that speaks to you with salad servers and plates crafted from African woods by Ark Workshop, all the way from Wolseley.
The wood, shweshwe and perspex earrings also pictured above are by MAG Urban African Accessories, inspired by traditional Adinkra symbols – decorative symbols often conveying proverbs or evocative messages of wisdom. Obtuse Jewellery created the unique brass tassle necklace which promises to turn heads with any outfit.
Fresh festive touches
The festive season calls for floral details amidst table settings. Try something different and beautiful with nests hand-woven by Green Lily Landscaping, Jomeri Mouton’s dried leaf wreaths or upcycled paper wreaths and fairy lights by Karoo Kwezi.
Look out for more makers like these at KAMERS/Makers Stellenbosch, 30 October to 5 November at Anura Vineyards and KAMERS/Makers Irene, 4 to 10 December at Southdowns College, Pretoria.
Photos: Charl du Preez. Styling: Nicky Myburgh