Shining among the stars

2019-08-06 06:00
Lizette Chirrime

Lizette Chirrime

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Being invited to share a stage with well-known public figures and having your brand acknowledged may sound like a dream come true, but for Observatory artist, Lizette Chirrime (46), it is just a step in achieving much bigger goals.

She will soon be rubbing shoulders with Letshego Zulu, the wife of the late adventurer and motor racing driver Gugu Zulu, and Maxine Schuiling, the wellness blogger, founder of macro mixes and evidence-based health blogger at Sugarfree Sundays.

Chirrime is known for her large-scale textile-driven works on canvas, consisting of abstract forms rendered in a collage of printed fabrics from Tshwe-tshwe to other African prints.

Her dream is to have exhibitions worldwide, not just in Cape Town or Africa.

“I want my target market to not only be in Africa but to share my work with everyone, all around the world,” she says.

However, she is grateful for the growing local support.

She shared her dreams with People’s Post ahead of a special Women’s Day event hosted by the Den Anker Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Saturday 10 August from 8:00 to 11:00.

This will benefit two charities; The Justice Desk, which focuses on empowering women; and the Imbumba Foundation, which invests in the education and development of the girl child.

Also in attendance will be Tamburai Chirume, the designer and co-founder of Mother and daughter designs; Connie Abrahams, the founder of the Lavender Hill-based Young Knitters Club; and Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena, the MasterChef finalist and a dental technologist-turned-founder of the “4roomed eKasi Culture” restaurant in Khayelitsha.

Chirrime says an opportunity like this proof that hard work pays off.

She says it took her many sacrifices to get where she is, and there is more that she still wants to achieve.

“I am not where I want to be yet, but I am far from where I began. It has been a long journey, but I am still walking.”

She says the opportunity gives her a platform to share her story with other women. She hopes it will make a difference as she believes people experience similar challenges and need to learn from each other.

She says it is during celebrations like Women’s Day that women get a space to freely inspire each other.

Explaining what the day means to her, Chirrime says: “It means a lot to women to be free and to be able to tell their stories. Women have the opportunity to be themselves and to embrace their skills.

“I don’t believe that women share equal freedom with men, but I do believe that we are getting there,” she says.

It is for this reason that she says it is still overwhelming for her to be a recognised female artist and businesswoman in Cape Town.

She attributes her fame and success to her “unique” artwork painted on fabrics.

“It is unique because it comes from my heart, the inspiration for my work usually comes from dreams.

“It is stuff I feel and see. I use art to communicate the beauty of nature.”

V Tickets cost R200 per person. For more information and to book tickets, contact Den Anker on 021 552 8656 (Ext 6) or


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