New exhibition: I am African
She may have spent the last four years living in Paris, but jewellery designer Henriette Botha is quintessentially South African. Hence the title of her debut jewellery collection – I Am African. When we asked her about the concept behind her show, Henriette told us that she wanted to take her skills, those of working with metals, and combine them with crafts indigenous to our country. 'I took much of my inspiration from the Ndebele tribe, and even had two Ndebele ladies who came to help me on this project. That said, when I first decided to work on this collection, I don’t think it was ever set in stone that it would be African; that’s just how it all fell into place.' In general Henriette considers her design style to be very contemporary: 'I love combining unconventional materials with my metal pieces and creating interesting shapes and forms,' she told us, adding that she is obsessed with furniture and architecture. These inspirations are clear in both her intricate beaded pieces and her striking geometric works. Henriette has returned to South Africa to open her show this Thursday and her beautiful pieces will be exhibited at L'Ancienne Résidence, a fabulous new boutique event venue in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. Join her for snacks and drinks at 6pm on Thursday 19 April, at 107 Jan Smuts Avenue. RSVP for catering purposes to firstname.lastname@example.org.