“A man who works with his hands is a labourer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist,” noted Louis Nizer. If that is so, the men taking part as makers at KAMERS/Makers at The Castle 24 – 28 May are all clearly artists.
We celebrate 11 of these men who make ahead of the upcoming show:
Beads and Wire Connection
As a street artist, Bongani Khumalo lay the foundation for innovative beading and wire work. From 2014, he joined up with a few other artists to form Beads and Wire Connection, which combines their skills and inspiration for diverse and broad range of products. Their newest product is the human figure – something we can’t wait to see in beads and wire!
Woodstock Vintage and Lucy & Muffet
Nazeem Manuel of Woodstock Vintage is all about giving new life to vintage goods. And what better way to do that than through the use of old materials in totally new products, such as making new bags from vintage fabrics? His Lucy and Muffet range does just this, with limited stock for each design making them really rather unique pieces.
To have you covered from the cold this winter we reworked our ‘Sea Work’ Shacket. Soon we’ll be stocking a colourway of this style of heavy weight treated cotton with a contrast cord collar. The good news is that this Saturday at the @neighbourgoodsmarket we’re pre releasing limited numbers of the green and with every purchase we’re throwing in a beanie of your choice for free. Happy Easter everyone..
Nico Nigrini’s menswear offers a range of quality staples for men who believe that their clothing should be beautifully made, yet comfortable. You’ll find shirts, t-shirts, trousers, and sweatshirts, as well as accessories like leather wallets, fobs and beanies at his stand. Stiebeuel has also released a collection that’s perfectly suited to the chilly season, still with plenty of style.
Who can resist handcrafted toffees in an array of flavours, including Bird’s Eye Chilli Toffee and Tannie Evita’s Classic Toffee to name just two. Frits van Ryneveld and Hentie van der Merwe’s famed sweet shop has become something of a staple at KAMERS/Makers – our very own Willie Wonkers! Look out for their two new flavours: coffee and mint, both launched at our Joburg show, almg with new iced toffee shakes.
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Andre du Toit Art
This artist is no stranger to KAMERS/Makers. His portraiture is memorable not only for its strong brush strokes akin to an impressionistic style, but also because the end result seems to draw the viewer in… suggesting a story lies behind the eyes of the person in the portrait. More recently, Andre has been developing a new ceramic range, which will be at the show.
Sam Sithole’s story is one of a true maker. Taking old car parts and other scrap metal, he first began to turn these into animal sculptures and quirky metal trophy heads some 15 years ago. So successful has he been, that today, he oversees a team of makers who create exciting new pieces, including metal birds and animals, bird feeders and stone birds, and more recently, metal picture frames.
Boer and Brit
Stefan Gerber is the Boer in “Boer en Brit Wines” which he and partner Alexander Milne (the Brit in the name) founded in 2010. The duo offer a wide and exciting range of outstanding wines, as well as a rather delectable MCC Brut in their Suikerbossie range. For those looking for an easy drinking wine, their wine-in-a-beer-bottle range, Bob’s Your Uncle, is always a hit. Look out for two new red wines that will be introduced at the show.
Add a little local design to your decor with pieces made from reclaimed wood. Kiewiet Laubscher is passionate about creating new products from something old. We know him for his kitchen boards, benches and crates made from oak wood items discarded by the wine industry. The Stellenbosch-based maker and his team will be introducing new crates, planters, trays and wine boxes at the show.
Industrial designer duo Lloyd Butler and Brent Swanepoel are driven to create cool decor items for the home that are unique and affordable to the average South African. From minimalist wine racks you mount to the wall, to quirky and clever U-Bend It book shelves, you’ll find some true innovation at their stall.
Purple Puppy Studio
Laser cutting isn’t your average skill, but it turns out that Pieter de Villiers and Riaan Kirstein are not only skilled laser cutters, but also design outstanding pieces themselves. From wall clocks to table decor, you’ll find a range of creative pieces to decorate your home.
These lights offer a twist on your average light fitting. Using copper piping and other industrial fittings traditionally used to feed water or gas through your home, Nicholas Delport has recreated this important design element to become a feature as much as to serve a function. You can expect cement, new geometric designs and some pulley systems – all new product developments – at the show.
Get more details about the show at the Castle of Good Hope from 24th – 28th May.