Chatting to Cowies Hill furniture ‘artist’

2016-09-13 06:00
Josie Hardy getting busy at her work station. Photo: supplied

Josie Hardy getting busy at her work station. Photo: supplied

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THE Pinetown Fever chats to Cowies Hill furniture artist, Josie Hardy.

Pinetown Fever: Where and when were you born?

Josie Hardy: In Durban in June 1995

PF:Tell me about your childhood.

JH: My childhood was spent on the Berea and then Cowies Hill - mostly outdoors, climbing trees with friends.

PF: Take me through your schooling days.

JH: I always enjoyed school – particularly high school. I was fortunate to receive a good education in an environment that suited me.
I felt the freedom to ask questions and there was a great deal of encouragement from my teachers.
When I decided to go Vega School the structure and system of my learning experience provided me with the confidence and tools to pursue the things I enjoy.

PF: Talk to me about your family.

JH: I’m the youngest in a family of four.
A great deal of what I do and what I love now is a result of my upbringing and my parents, who are very talented, and who have always encouraged me to run with my ideas.

PF: What work do you do?

JH: The business aspect of it comes from the skills I learnt at Vega School. Creatively my work has gone from being a predominantly copper-and-oak-based furniture range to a more organic and one-off custom collection. I still love oak, however, I am phasing out the use of copper as I feel it’s time for something different. That said, I have begun outsourcing steel work and experimenting with different shapes and forms that steel allows as well as working with more colour via powder-coating.

PF: What inspires you?

JH: People who run with their ideas despite the risks usually involved with passion projects. Also problems tend to inspire me – to find a solution or to rethink the way certain things are done often form the basis of my ideas.

PF: What are your hobbies?

JH: Being outdoors (preferably in the ocean), cooking, running, learning a new skill, sudoku and reading a really good book in the garden on a Saturday morning.

PF: A message to the youth …

JH: Try new things and ask people questions.

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