Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Collection is displayed on the 2nd level of the partially restored 37 Main Road, Green Point at the Cape Creatives venue.There is a delicious tension between the Beautiful Objects, in their pristine display-furniture, and the gritty interior of the house, which is missing carpets, ceiling boards and paint on the walls.
The Exhibition Collection launched at Design Indaba Expo in February this year and will show at a variety of prestigious venues and exhibitions. It is divided into the New Notions section, which features handmade objects fresh and new, and The Collection, representing the best of Western Cape craft in a variety of media and expressions. The items may be bought now, and collected in December, or the designers can be contacted for customised orders.
This is the second curated CCDI Exhibition Collection – the first Collection was launched in 2009, in response to a stream of requests for quality craft items to display in prominent settings. Many of the items are one-offs and the showcase supports the goal of the CCDI to ensure regular exposure of fine Western Cape craft and design products.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Back to soccer - these are earthenware blocks made by Hennie Meyer featuring portraits of some of the top soccer players in the world. They can be hung on the wall or lie on a table. Wonderful skill, like etchings on clay, and an excellent likeness achieved. We sell these in our shop, Clementina Ceramics at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, and also here at our studio in Woodstock
Monday, June 21, 2010
Heaven and Earth exist without beginning or end.
This is the primal power of inspiration.
Use this as a spirit helper
Be dynamic, strong, untiring, tenacious and enduring.
Continue on your path and don’t be dismayed.
Ride the power of the Dragon
and bring the fertilizing rain.
Midsummer: The Dragon appears,
bright against the dark night sky.
Spread your wings.
Let your creative power emerge
You receive energy and guidance
Now is the time to build something enduring
Seek those who connect you to the Great Spirits
and trust what is great in you
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Desolate streets are the usual phenomenon in Cape Town city centre on a Sunday...however, due to the soccer world cup, the city is currently vibrant and visually exciting. A Sunday walk from Green Point to the National Gallery in the Company Gardens proved to be a delightful and enriching experience. Everything spotlessly clean and lots of metro police ambling around made for a sense of security and aesthetic pleasure. May it continue after the 11th July!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Something rather wonderful is happening on the Greenpoint fanwalk en route to the soccer stadium.
An inspiring and very exciting eclectic medley of art, craft, design, poetry and live music in a collaborative showcase of creative Cape Town
At 37 Main Road in Greenpoint the Cape Creative Exhibition is anticipated to be the melting pot for the city’s art aficionados and ubër cool. Its newly renovated stunning industrial style double storey is the only location in Greenpoint combining art, culture, eye candy, live entertainment and a cafeteria by cake guru Martin Senekal overlooking a large garden. It is also the new home of the pop-up store/gallery of 100% local art and design collective, The Fringe Arts. Open daily from 10h00 to 17h00 and suitable for children.
This exhibition forms part of a R6-million intervention to stimulate growth and support local creative talent. It brings together a variety of works produced by experienced designers and artists affiliated to the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), Cape Film Commission, Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) and the Africa Centre.
It is sponsored by the City of Cape Town and spearheaded by the Indalo Project.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
South Africa is not known for heavy snowfalls. In fact when it does snow it is so rare that people might take the day off to drive out to the mountains to make snowmen! So these astonishing images, looking as if they were shot for a European Christmas card were actually taken this week in Nieu Bethesda which is a remote village in the Eastern Cape, made famous by the Owl House. This was the home of Helen Martins a reclusive outsider artist who together with her assistant Koos Malgas built an incredible fantasy garden of cement sculptures.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Taking a bit of a studio and soccer break today..I came across this fabulous furniture by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek . He appears to be a master of recycling and reconstructing into something new and original. Poetic functionalism. Very inspiring!
The text here below is a translation from the Afrikaans of an article that appeared in Die Burger on this past Saturday, in 'Rubriek' which means 'category' - a weekly column where a South African artist is invited to discuss his/her work and that of another who has been an inspiration. Last week's column was my turn...
‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ – William Morris 1834-1896
The above statement is the creed underlying the reason I make ceramics. I make pieces that for the most part are items which people use everyday, engage with, and to which they gradually develop great attachment. It is an intimate manner of art appreciation.
The cup whose shape and handle I have fashioned by my hands, will be held by another whose lips will touch it in order to be nourished with a beverage. This in itself creates great meaning for me. It connects me to other people, and when I handle the work of potters of the past, I feel a deep connection across the centuries.
This is perhaps what it means to be human and in a Buddhist sense to be interconnected.
I work primarily within the ceramic discipline which incorporates the 4 elements – earth, air, water, fire – in itself a profound phenomenon.
In my search for meaning and an affirmation of identity in making the work, I move regularly between utilitarian items and 2-3 dimensional wall panels. Many of my wall pieces explore concepts of home, memory and nostalgia.
Diverse elements inspire me – poetry by Ben Okri, Chinua Achebe and Karen Press. Aesthetically, the capturing of the stark African light in the photography of Robert Lyons, the haunting quality of ritual African masks, the textures of the South African urban and physical landscapes, patterns, colours and imagery of West African textiles.
A great source of inspiration are African calligraphic and symbolic motifs which I select and appropriate for their graphic qualities. These become part of a personal lexicon of mark making. Together with decontextualised poetic words this becomes the starting point for a private intuitive journey.
The philosophy and work of Ethiopian painter Wosene Worke Kosrof has been a poignant source of inspiration. Wosene’s distortion and reassembling of calligraphic symbols as images, his intuitive sense of rhythm inspired by jazz, all resonate strongly with me. He creates a new visual language that draws upon his Ethiopian heritage while incorporating his experiences as an expatriate living in the United States.'
His visual vocabulary, his cartographic moves across time and place, his "cross-circuiting" the senses - testifies to the visual power and versatility of written language. At once abstract and narrative, Wosene's paintings, in his words, "...create a visible, interacting surface - like an icon available to everyone; it allows them to have dialogue, to take them into memory..." But like all "word/play," not everything is knowable, nor should it be.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
After all the fanfare around yesterday's opening matches and all the excitement, a gentle antidote, still around soccer, is an exquisite new book which documents football in Africa, 'AMEN' by Jessica Hilltout.The photographs are moving and beautiful, a very aesthetic portrayal of the beautiful game as it is played on the ground and far away from the glitzy stadiums.
All the people who live and will remain in the shadow of the World Cup deserve to have a light shone on them, not just for their passion for the game, but more so for the fundamental energy and enthusiasm that shines through the way they live.'
Friday, June 11, 2010
This must be the most creative and 'on the ground' expression of the soccer world cup spirit...beautiful sand castles! Soccer on the beach seems far more appealing to me than the throngs and crowds in stadiums..