Langa designers in on the loop with crafty works of their art

2018-05-17 06:00
Young designer Anele Nono showing off his embroidered denim jacket while Luvuyo Mpoza also showsg his wire works.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Young designer Anele Nono showing off his embroidered denim jacket while Luvuyo Mpoza also showsg his wire works.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Young artists from Langa are appealing to the community to donate recycling material in order to assist them in their craft.

Our Workshop is an organisation based in Guga’ Sthebe Art and Culture Centre, and is doing handcrafts to empower young people in the community.

Some of the art includes beads, drawing, bags, painting, embroidered denim jackets and wire works.

Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Luvuyo Mpoza an artist, said the organisation relocated from Cape Town to Langa last year.

“The organisation was operating at Loop Street for many years. But its founder, Heath Nash decided to open a branch here to give an opportunity to young people to demonstrate their skills,” said Mpoza.

He joined the organisation last year after hearing about it from a friend.

“We are about 20 members doing different things. And there are those who don’t work here permanently only come when have something to do. This is a free space for everyone who knows handcraft,” said Mpoza.

However, he said they struggle to sustain their business as sometimes it goes slowly.

“Most of the time we depend on the tourists to buy our stuff and if they are not coming, we struggle a lot.

He said 10% of sales is ploughed back to the organisation to sustain the business.

He urges community members to donate all the recycling material.

“We are appealing to community members and business people to give us anything that they don’t use like planks, plastics, sponges, wires, glue, nails and other recycling matter,” he said.

Designer Anele Nono who embroiders denim jackets said he has been in the business for two years.

“Initially people thought that I was insane. I started in my wardrobe by putting paint to some of my clothes and people went crazy when I put them on and wanted to know where I bought them. Later, I decided to focus only on Denim jeans,” he said, adding that Denim never goes out of fashion.

Anele said he joined the organisation in February this year, because he didn’t have enough space to work at home.

The prices for their work ranges between R300 and R2000. Anyone who wants to donate can contact Luvuyo Mpoza: 083 890 0600.

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