Handmade is seeing a revolution at the moment with people constantly on the lookout for something which is unique and unusual. Leading the charge is Kwa Zulu Natal with its long tradition of craft becoming a twenty-first century trend.
We rounded up some of our favourite handmade KZN design for the home.
The creative husband and wife duo behind the iKhaya brand are famed for their wooden and repurposed design. Their Jac and Jil wooden sculptures are becoming iconic and after experimenting with the human dolls’ size, postures and appearance, they have branched out into creating Jac dolls in animal form. We love the dancing bear. Rhenda and Nev Allen are far from one trick ponies, though and their other popular products are old books repurposed into notebooks, their Botanicals range of framed dried plants, raw wood box frames and wooden scrabble letters to name a few. For more information see ikhayastore.com
Denise Kiggan is the mastermind behind a series of beautifully crafted and quite ingenious handmade design. Famed for her folded book items, from flowers to a hanging pendant light created in collaboration with the Shaw Sisters, Denise is able to see the potential in the discardments of others from old ties made into brooches to unwanted records which have found new life as vases. Denise puts a variety of craft skills such as crochet, origami and good old-fashioned sewing to original use. Find out more at freshlyfound.com.
Ardmore Ceramic Art
The latest exhibition mounted by Ardmore Ceramic Art is in London giving you some sense of how popular their exquisitely sculpted and painted creations are. Ardmore prides itself of the fact that each piece is hand crafted by a team of artists who sculpt or paint the piece. In 2010, in celebration of their 25th birthday, Ardmore launched the Ardmore Design Collection which features a translation of their artistic creations into a line of home ware. Ardmore’s website is ardmoreceramics.co.za.
High Thorn’s range of home ware is all made by hand in the Midlands by local artisans who take particular pride in their work. High Thorn’s chandeliers, made from a variety of materials such as twigs, wool, leather and crystal, are highly sought after. Their designs are influenced by traditional African craft and feature iconic Zulu motifs such as bead work and gourd-shaped pots. For more information about High Thorn’s range of home ware go to highthorn.co.za.
Text: Candice Botha