Matilda and George Angus are passionate about all things grounded in silence, nature and creativity. Living and running a small retreat centre in the Balele mountains close to Wakkerstroom,
they practise their crafts of woodwork, pottery, sculpture and furniture restoration. They are inspired by this beautiful part of South Africa and aim to showcase it through their work.
Both Matilda and George have decades of experience in their individual crafts and offer creative retreats and pottery workshops at The Restory Retreat Centre.
For more information visit our website: restorynews.blogspot.com or call on 071 703 9189.
Glynis Brooke is a full time weaver and weaving teacher who is committed to growing the craft of handweaving in South Africa.
Based in Limpopo, she travels extensively throughout South Africa, hosting weaving workshops and attending trade shows with aim of introducing people to the possibility of creating their own textiles in both modern and traditional patterns using simple looms and locally available yarn and fibre.
She is also an agent for the New Zealand-based company, Ashford Handicrafts, who have been manufacturing spinning wheels and looms for fibre crafters for over eighty years.
She will be demonstrating both weaving and spinning at her stand on an ongoing basis throughout the two days of the ramble.
Glynis was a regular exhibitor at the Wakkerstroom Fibre Fair, where Ishe offered a range of her own work for sale, as well as spinning and weaving equipment, accessories and spare parts for Ashford Spinning wheels and looms. Email: www.brooklands.co.za
Victor / Nathi, was born in Wakkerstroom, and has recently returned. Victor provides professional affordable service!
He makes fitted kitchens, built in cupboards, wall units, cabinets and office furniture to your custom specifications. He was one of the first to join the Wakkerstroom Craft Development program a year ago, and is coming on in leaps and bounds. Victor has started using his skills and wood sourced to make wooden small items.
This young man has started 'employing' other youngsters to help with certain jobs, and paying them on completion of the part.
He can be found at flat 5 in the Bee hive Garages on Van Riebeeck street Tel: 078 6056 239
Honey is our creed and raw, non-irradiated, pure and organic is how we flow. With 125 beehives, all in Mpumalanga, our carbon footprint is small, but our impact is big.
This is a family business from Ermelo, City of Oaks, hence the name Quercus. We celebrate the medicinal properties of raw honey and bee-products. Artisan foodie-crafts is our passion - handcrafted raw honey infusions, real food snacks and treats, homemade yogurts with our amazing honeys - YUMM!!!
Cell: +27 82 809 2069
Cell: +27 82 786 9745
51 Ennis Street, Ermelo, Mpumalanga, 2351
Sicelo's Visual Arts & Crafts Studio
Sicelo's Studio group is made up of four Ziqubu family members, namely Sicelo, his wife Thully and sons Sifundo and Charles. Art & Craft works produced by the family are mostly made from found materials such as waste, including discarded paper, cardboard, tin, plastic etc. Most is decorative and some is functional. Amongst these one may find lovely throne-like chairs/stools, tables, mirrors, dressing tables, lamp stands, shoes, boots, wall hangings, paintings and drawings with colourful homemade frames.
For the past 20 years Sicelo has participated extensively in numerous group art exhibitions and skills demonstations and conducted art workshops nationally and internationally. His solo shows include the 'World according to Artist' hosted by NSA gallery Durban in 20014; 'Past. Present and Future' hosted by Carnegie Art Gallery Newcastle in 20018; 'Inspired by Environments' hosted by Artspace durban in 2009; 'Listen to my story' hosted by the Institute Sactar-Itaparcia Island Brazil at the end of Artist residencey and many more. He has won Art Awards including 'New National Symbols', 2001. 2nd 10 000 Nivea Start Award 2007, Top ten Absa Latelier Award 2008, Overall winner Woodcraft Category Mpumalanga Province 2009, Spier Contemporary Artist Residency Award, Itaparica Brazil 2010 etc.
Some will be available for sale and some will be shown in live demonstration in Wakkerstroom.
Tel: 083 880 2121 / 017 735 3877
Visit: 299 Connor Street (N11) Charlestown
Bonginkosi Tsotetsi, or Par-a-dice as Wakkerstroomers know him, is a craft
development candidate who joined the program close on a year ago. He is well
educated with an N6 Certificate Business Management and N3 Engineering
Sciences. His talent, and one of his passions is his imagination and
creativity using words and images in customising T-shirts. He calls his
business 1st Born, because he believes that he will have more than one
business, and that painting is his first passion.
After arranging for Mark Devenney, a local artist to give Bonginkosi art classes, his artwork, in particular facial proportions, and design detail has progressed massively, and so too has his confidence grown in leaps and bounds. He does T-shirt orders for individuals or groups, like clubs and families. We are extremely proud of him. You can give him your story or concept and he will create a design for you for R170, or R150 using your own T-shirt. Or another option is for him to put your face on a T-shirt at R270/R250. He has also been asked to do drawing commissions. He recently started doing designs on backpacks, caps, takkies and shoes!
You will be able to identify Bonginkosi anywhere in town, as you will usually see he has splatter painted jeans, backpack, and a painted T-shirt and cap. Why not give your old favourite items a new lease on life with a custom paint design. We are eagerly awaiting Bonginkosi to have some spare time to create some stock, but his orders keep flowing in!
You can contact him on 078 146 7593 or 066 387 1234 for your requests.
The VLU meet every first Tuesday of the month at the Barn eatery in Wakkerstroom.
The interests of the group are handwork, art, floral, writing, birds and trees.
Anyone may visit for 2 meetings, after which they can become a member.
There is an annual fee of R300, for affiliation to the Women's Agriculture Union.
Contact Maritjie Linstroom on 083 638 0002 for further enquiries.
We are group of ladies who get together once a month at Beryl Tubb's house. It is our love for knitting and especially knitting for charitable causes that binds us together.
We also exchange ideas and learn so much from each other, with loads of chatting as well.
This year we have two very large projects on the go. We will be supplying "Starter Packs for new mothers". These packs will consist of baby blankets (new or used) jersey, booties, beanie, nappy, nappy pin, baby soap and face cloth. The Sister-in-charge at the Wakkerstroom Clinic will be in charge of handing out these packs as she will have got to know the mothers through natal care.
The second project is knitting teddy bears for bereaved children who have lost their parents and grandparents. In the past we have concentrated on raped and abused children who have been handed these teddy bears on arrival at the Police Station, hospital and Ambulances. These are handed to the children to keep and they find comfort in hugging these bears. We will continue as it is such a good cause.
We also include Dana Frail Care Centre as we provide them with knitted beanies and mittens. Last year we blanket stitched fleecy blankets for the elderly to use as knee rugs, shoulder rugs or just to keep their feet warm.
Over the years we have knitted beanies and mitts for Penny Fox's Aids Orphans, and at Christmas we add knitted toys which these young children really love because it is a new toy and it belongs to them. Another on going project is knitting jerseys for very poor white children who are not covered by other charitable organisations. These children really suffer in the winter months.
We do not generally sell our work, but if invited to the Art Ramble or Fibre Fair and given a free table, we do participate as we need funds to buy wool etc.
We do rely on donations of wool which enables our happy band of ladies to continue with their knitting. This year baby blankets, nappies and anything in that line are every welcome.