Competition discovers crafters

2019-05-28 06:01
Roselle Thuynsma won first place in the #CapePointCreates competition for her fridge magnets made from recycled bottle tops. Inside each magnet, a small painting represents South Africa in a unique way.

Roselle Thuynsma won first place in the #CapePointCreates competition for her fridge magnets made from recycled bottle tops. Inside each magnet, a small painting represents South Africa in a unique way.

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Cape Town crafters were given the opportunity to showcase their skills in the #CapePointCreates competition, which saw one lucky artist win it all.

Well-known among global tourists as one of the best destinations to source unique craftwork, Cape Town is a mecca for the many industrious, informal artisans offering their wares.

Recognising the need to allow for talent to be showcased, Cape Point and Tourvest Destination Retail recently initiated a project to provide local artisans with a unique opportunity to market their products through the competition.

Working in a highly competitive industry, numerous business-minded arts and craft workers jumped at the opportunity to participate in the competition to create handmade pieces that would appeal to tourists.

Having studied the numerous entries, the competition judges announced the winners on Friday 26 April. Claiming first place was Roselle Thuynsma, for her beautiful handmade fridge magnets made from recycled bottle tops. Inside each magnet, a small painting represents South Africa in a unique way. Thuynsma’s win scored her a cash prize of R10 000, plus the golden opportunity to sell her products from one of the Cape Point gift stores, which sees thousands of international visitors hungry to take home a memory of their South African holiday. “Winning the #CapePointCreates competition has helped me on so many levels! It means that my product will get proper exposure and that I can generate a better income. It would also allow me to grow more as an artist, for with every new venture comes new fresh ideas, which is crucial for the survival of an artist,” she said.

Second place went to Liz Browne, who entered her wonderful hand-sewn Nandi Dolls made of 100% shweshwe fabrics, iconic to South African history, as the wonderful patterns have been passed on from one generation to another over centuries. Often used for Xhosa weddings because of its bright and eye-catching designs, shweshwe has been described as “the denim of South Africa”.

Among the many other talented entries, third place went to Daniela Samakosky who entered her stylish handcrafted slippers made from discarded materials and designed for comfort and style.

The response to the competition from the locals was impressive: from beaded clocks to stunning photography and even household items made from recycled materials – the calibre of entries and of course, of the winners, was very high.

Local and international tourists interested in purchasing these winning items will be able to do so from July onwards at the Cape Point gift stores. And, by giving tourists who are visiting Cape Point yet another quality and unique product to take home with them, it’s a win for all.

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