‘Manipulating’ wire to create art

2015-09-08 06:00
Photo: SUPPLIEDNkosinathi Shezi with some of his artwork.

Photo: SUPPLIEDNkosinathi Shezi with some of his artwork.

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HIS skill at creating art out of wire began as a teenager for 47-year-old Molweni resident, Nkosinathi Shezi. “It all began when I was 19. On my way home one day I picked up wire lying on the ground and started to work with it, which turned into a beautiful deco item. My first artwork was a wire vase.

“My art is inspired by a lot of things, for instance analysing drawings and looking at portraits.”

He wants to teach youngsters how to create craft using wire he said. “I read the Fever newspaper every week and see the type of community stories it has. I believe the Fever will put the word out there. I want to teach the youth how to craft with wire. I have had this vision for a long time and I want it to become reality. All I need is sponsorship. I need a venue where I can teach people this kind of art.

“I see youngsters turning to drugs every day. Poverty in our community is rife and turns the youth into thieves. It breaks my heart to see young people with no vision. Most are talented, but if they donand#039;t have a purpose in life that talent will go to waste.”

Besides crafting, Shezi is a qualified painter and in his spare time enjoys watching soccer and spending time with his family. “I see myself as a hard worker who wants to feed his family and make sure they are happy, because I am the breadwinner.

“I advise the youth not to get involved in drugs and alcohol. They are the future and as parents and adults we depend on them. They must remember that life is short and they must become something and realise that their parents wonand#039;t always be around to feed them. “One day they will have to be responsible and manage life on their own, so they must think before they do anything.”

For more information about Nkosinathi’s artwork, phone 084 784 2894

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