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Joburg’s Tinsel Collective Remakes Conventional Cutlery

We asked Tinsel Collective, an innovative group of jewellers, to create special-edition cutlery designs for HL's stand at Handmade Contemporary 2019.

Sarah de Pina

Tinsel | House and Leisure

House and Leisure’s collaboration with South Africa’s leading creatives continues this month with a special collection of cutlery designed by the talented Tinsel family – a collective of jewellers based in Johannesburg operating out of the Tinsel Gallery.

The collective is made up of historian and silversmith Geraldine Fenn, Eric Loubser, Sirkel Jewellery’s Jan Bekker and Eric’s mother Liz Loubser of Studio Loubser

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Using silver, precious stones, titanium and copper, the four jewellers have each reimagined what a table’s eating tools could look like, and the results are simply breathtaking. 

Tinsel Gallery was established in 2006 by Geraldine Fenn and Eric Loubser, and has from the outset championed innovative locally designed and handmade jewellery. Not only does Tinsel showcase work by Fenn and Loubser themselves, it also aims to function as a platform on which other South African artists can present their work.

'We focus mainly on one-of-a-kind work that is handmade by the jeweller,' says Tinsel, 'and through our many solo and group exhibitions we aim to grow the audience for contemporary jewellery in this country.'

The full Tinsel x HL cutlery collection will be on display at House and Leisure’s stand at the Handmade Contemporary fair in Joburg this coming weekend (from 11 to 13 October 2019), along with a few of the other exciting collaborations House and Leisure has created with our friends in the design world.

Included among the latter are our collaborations with Something Good Studio – a blanket designed by Maja Maljević – as well as ceramics created by some of the country's top ceramicists and graphic-design pieces made to commemorate our special #HLMyJoburg issue, which was focused entirely on all things Johannesburg, and was published in December 2018.

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If you aren’t able to visit us at the fair this weekend, find these pieces on the House and Leisure Shop or simply shop the collection via the Tinsel website.

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