Meeting the Makers Contemporary Craft Exhibition


Koop Design. Linenfold Sideboard.

Jabu Mnguni. Umkhamba tree.

Guido Van Besouw. Glass Bowl.

Florence Shezi. Woven Dog.

Shaw Sisters. Paper Flowers.


A groundbreaking exhibition opening at the Tatham Art Gallery in July will unite a broad diversity of contemporary craft producers in KZN. From the beautifully rendered work of crafters such as Bonginkosi Tshabalala and Humphrey Modibedi to commercially produced products from internationally acclaimed talents Egg Design and Richard Stretton, Meeting the Makers promises a cross-section of high quality, sustainable objects that bridge the divide between traditional craft and so-called ‘high art’.

The collection ranges from traditional Zulu ceramics to contemporary lighting designs, and includes a bespoke collection of basketry, embroidery, wood turning, jewellery and wire work. There is an impressive mix of traditional craft-making and cutting edge design, with over 150 pieces produced by nearly 100 crafters. Embroidery produced by local crafters from the Ingwavuma region sits alongside a high-tech lamp by urban product designers, Egg Designs.

Other work on display includes turned bowls by Andrew Early, furniture from Koop Design, paper flowers from the award-winning Shaw Sisters and phenomenal beadwork from members of the Hillcrest Aids Centre.

Meeting the Makers: Contemporary Craft in KZN opens at the Tatham Art Gallery Pietermaritzburg on Thursday 28th July at 18h00 and runs until Sunday 18th September at 17h00 Tatham Art Gallery:
Phone +27 (0)33 392 2801
http://www.tatham.org.za/

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