Tatham project: Putting a face to KZN's crafters

2011-04-22 00:00

FOR the past few months staff at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg have been hard at work, meeting, interviewing and photographing crafters as part of project to catalogue contemporary craft in Kwazulu-Natal.

The gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street took on the task after being approached by the National Arts Council.

Director Brendan Bell said, “The gallery staff have undertaken field trips all over the province to meet, interview and photograph crafters, in their working environments where possible.

“We also purchased items from crafters. Now that the exhibition is closer [it opens on July 14] and we have just about finished our collecting. We have had to prune out from our purchases in order to make a sensible and striking show. Too much is too much,” he added.

Those “pruned” items will be available to buy at Shuttleworth Weaving on the Fort Nottingham Road over the Easter weekend, as part of the Midlands Meander Craft Guild’s annual Rolling Exhibition, and in at the Tatham gallery shop after Easter.

Funds from the sales will go back into the project.

Also on show at Shuttleworth Weaving — from today until Easter Monday — is a new range of high-end mohair rugs, Jutta Fauld’s fibre art, Mzansi Zulu Quilts, woven Zulu baskets, limited edition cast ceramics by Sarah Lovejoy and Merle Payne’s Barok for Embellished Textiles.

Shuttleworth Weaving is one of several guild members opening their studios to the public this weekend. Others taking part are Ardmore Ceramic Art, The Woodturner, Sterling Wrought Iron, Corrie Lyn & Co. Furniture and Hillfold Pottery.

For inquiries contact Helen at 033 266 6818.

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