Jan Tshikhuthula

The words "In Flight", this year's theme, invoke many ideas, images and conceptual constructs.
Consider flight, the instruments of flight, wings, birds, any and all flying creatures, aviation.
Reflect on the dynamics of flying: how does a bird or an insect or a manmade flying object/craft stay in the sky?
Contemplate the other meanings of flight: to run away, to run towards; to flee for political and religious reasons, or merely to survive.
At IJUBA Art Studio this year we present guest artist JAN MAANDA TSHIKHUTHULA:
"The journey to the city is an archetypal South African story. Rooted in forced migrant labour, the flight towards an urban life is for many millions is a story of the challenging landscape of the heart."
It is also the story of Jan Tshikhuthula.
Born and raised in Tzaneen, Limpopo, he received his original fine art education in Venda. He then travelled to Jozi. A graduate of Newtown's Artist Proof Studio, he started with print-making, but in recent years has included charcoal and soft pastel landscapes which capture where he's come from and where he's going to.
Tshikhuthula is part of a new generation, driven by its collective energy. "If I don't wake up and paint or draw then I fear the buzz our generation has established will leave me behind."

Basic Affordable Woodworking

Using basic carpentry skills and easily available material we will be making a plate/cutting board rack. Ages: 12 to Adult. No experience needed. Cost of R220 pp includes tuition, all materials and tools.
The course will be held at The Bioscope.
Interested folk can phone : 079 303 2674 or email to: info@restorycentre.com
Maximum number of participants: 6

Carol Preston

Carol Preston is a printmaker and cartoonist. Her primary medium is woodcut and lino cut, and her subject matter ranges from animals to portraits to cartoon representation of the world around her. her cartoons are large scale in pen and ink and Indian ink washes, and at present her focus is on anecdotal narratives around the pets she has. She also is passionate about making objects, both aesthetic and useful, (or both) out of discarded objects. cranmore.lodge@gmail.com


Have you ever wanted to draw cartoons? Have you drawn cartoons but want to learn more? Do you simply feel like having fun with pen and ink and a bit of watercolour? Then cartoon for beginners is the workshop for you. I have been drawing cartoons for fun for most of my life, and have had a lot of fun. I will introduce you to the lovely medium of the cartoon and the graphic novel, and then take you through a guided exercise on a cartoon strip. Paper, pencils, inks, brushes and crayons will be provided, plus lots of inspiration.

When: Sunday 18th June
Time: 09h00 to 12h00
Where: Cranmore Lodge, 230 Uys Street, Wakkerstroom
Cost: R150.00 per person

Cast in Stone

To me the reward of taking a stone that was cut from the earth and making something beautiful with it evokes feelings of deep fulfilment. Locally sourced sandstone with its distinctive character, durability and working properties in rich shades from gold to steel grey are patiently sculpted into endless symbols of love. These very emotions have forever been cast in stone. It takes up a physical space and has a permanence that will hopefully outlast you.

The Crow's Nest

The Crow's Nest was founded as an outlet for the many talented people living in and around Wakkerstroom, to sell their goods. It is run as a Home Industry and is proud to display and sell the work of over 40 people. Sewing, knitted goods, crochet work, pottery, woodwork, beadwork, various handcraft and wonderful produce make this little shop a treasure chest of personal, one of a kind gifts. We look forward to meeting you at this year's Arts and Crafts Ramble.


Cheesemaking at the Owl House There is little doubt that "real", home-made cheese is much nicer than most of what you can buy in the shops. Unfortunately, making hard cheeses requires a lot of time, some special equipment and ingredients, and a place to store the cheese while it matures. This is beyond many people. There are, however, plenty of cheeses that can be made quickly and easily at home, and this workshop will focus on some of these.

The schedule is:
General intro
Renet the feta
Make the paneer
Make a yoghurt/kefir cheese
Cut the feta
Discuss hard cheeses
Start preparing the paratha and paneer for lunch
Put the feta into moulds
Start making the ricotta from the feta whey
Finish preparing lunch
Finish making the ricotta
Eat lunch

Date: 16 June
Time: 09h00 to 12h30 and then time to each lunch
Where: The Owl House, 240 Uys Street
Cost: R150 per person
Booking essential. A maximum of 12 people can be accommodated.


Permanent Gallery at DeKotzenhof Guest House/Deli, Farm Stall currently has a collection of items in oil, pastels & watercolours, photographs and various other media.
Works include Malacai Smith, Kent Cottrell, Olive Silburn (1939) and Ina Millman. Local artists include Wendy Cloete, Wendy Watson & Karen Kotze.
Phone 083 452 3363
Email info@dekotzenhof.co.za
website www.dekotzenhof.co.za

For the love of clay

"Ceramics are the new yoga"
We will be making a set of two matching soup/salad bowls using hand molding techniques. Firing will be done afterwards and arrangements made to get pieces to participants. Ages: 8 - Adult. No experience needed Cost of R250 pp includes tuition, all materials, tools and firing. The course will be held at The Bioscope, 11h00 to 13h00 on Friday 15 June OR 11h30 to 13h30 on Sunday 17 June.
Interested folk can phone : 083 260 9093 or email to: info@restorycentre.com
Maximum number of participants: 10

Frances Kendall

Frances Kendall is a contemporary realist whose painting is characterized by vivid yet harmonious color and translucent light. Frances works in oils, primarily as a portrait painter. Her large portraits include exquisitely detailed interiors or landscapes that offer extra understanding of the subjects. Born and raised in Kenya, and since then living in South Africa, Kendall finds herself drawn repeatedly to the images and iconography of Africa. Between portrait commissions she is presently embarking on a series of landscapes of Wakkerstroom where she has recently built a new home. Frances seeks to create beauty and in doing so to give pleasure.

Louise Dainty

Louise is an internationally known artist who now resides in Wakkerstroom. Armed with a degree in Fine Arts and after 40 years of self-training, teaching art and practising, she has mastered oil paintings and specifically clouds and the sky and interpreting the African Cultural life. Louise loves 'the feel of the sky' which is constantly changing from ice blue with white clouds, to stormy and thunderous, to soft sunsets and sunrises full of atmosphere and air. She 'story-tells' the rural and natural African life on her canvases, full of colour and filled with diversity and primitive design of the different ethnic groups. International interest came by word of mouth.
Contact: 072 101 8707

Mark Devenney

Studied at College of Art Dublin in the 60s.
Telephone: 0731309213
email: devenneyone@gmail.com

Matilda Angus

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.

Mysteries of Lace Knitting

Mysteries of Lace Knitting
While there is actually a distinction between lace knitting and open-work knitting, most knitting that has "holes" in it is referred to as lace knitting. While it can look very complicated (and, indeed, can be), in the end it is made up of the same two stitches that are always used: knit and purl. Once one has a basic understanding of how it all works, one is in a position to not only knit other people's patterns and stitches, but to start creating one's own.
Comprehensive notes will be provided and a start will be made on knitting the lace sampler, which incorporates practice of almost everything that you'd use for future adventures into lace knitting.
Date: 15 June
Time: 14h00 to 17h00
Where: The Owl House, 240 Uys Street
Cost: R100 per person
Bring with you: plain, light-coloured yarn and needles. Ideally sock wool and 3mm needles, but otherwise anything you have. Booking essential.

Mystery craft breakfast

Why a "mystery craft"? Because often people limit themselves by saying that they are not artistic enough, or good enough with their hands, or won't be able to do a particular craft. We can promise you, though, that no matter who you are, you WILL be able to do this craft and should gain some pleasure from the doing of it. Don't limit yourself. Take a leap - and have a good breakfast too!
Cost: R50 including materials and breakfast


Naki's artwork is absolutely unique and displays her character beautifully. Oil is her favorite medium and she prefers natural and recyclable materials including wood, iron and zinc. Her unique artwork is expressionistic and she also does the framing herself. Her inspiration is from nature and the world as she sees it.
Contact Hester Griesel on 084-722-0952

Quercus Health

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
Email: sales@quercushealth.co.za
51 Ennis Street, Ermelo, Mpumalanga, 2351

The Shed @ Cranmore Lodge

Carol Preston holds a degree in Fine Arts and has lived in Wakkerstroom for just over two years.
She works in a number of mediums, including pen and ink, woodcut printing, watercolour and pastels, and plus cartooning. Her work can be seen at The Shed @ Cranmore Lodge, 230 Uys Street during the Art Ramble.

The Shed is available for hire for meetings, workshops and exhibitions.
Carol can be contacted on 0837014670 or cranmore.lodge@gmail.com.

Still Life Course

STILL LIFE CLASS In this short but comprehensive workshop participants will be taken through a series of short exercises in drawing from still life, which will be an arrangement of objects directed by the participants themselves. The group will then produce a finished drawing of the objects set up. Materials are supplied and these are pastels, sharpies pens, coloured pencils and graphite pencils. Paper supplied is A3 acid free cartridge paper, but participants are free to bring other paper.
R150pp 2 hrs
Contact Carol Preston 083 701 4670

Wacky Knitters

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.

Wilbur Nyamukapa

Local wire and bead crafter Wilbur creates a wide array of lovely products using wire, beads and found objects.
Telephone: 073 450 6875