Tracing the Blueprint
Friday 24 Feb - 26 March.
From empires to everyday life, this exhibition traces the path of indigo-printed textiles from the Hapsburg Empire into Hungarian Village lide and from Europe, via colonisation and assimilation to Xhosa and other peoples of Southern Africa.
Thursday 15th March. 6:30 pm
A talk by Hilary Burns and Jacqueline Sarsby on how their textile backgrounds and lives have converged and about their travels and discoveries in South Africa and Hungary while in pursuit of blue print and its history.
Workshop Saturday 17 march 10 am - 4pm
Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey
Using patterned indigo fabric from South Africa participants will make a block od hand-stiched patchwork. Suitable for beginners.
Amelia was in Orange Farm and I met her at the skills centre in Orange Farm where we were visiting a bakery project for work.
I loved the pattern of her dress,especially the almost aloe-like embroidery on the bodice, and also her very cool colourful shoes.
When we were about to leave Amelia came to me again to ask if I knew someone who was looking for a cleaner as she was looking for work. I couldnt help her with that,but could give a big bag of scones from our bakery project. She looked so lovely and had put her best foot forward to go looking for work and my heart really went out to her.
From one of my favourite happy places, a little shop called Piece . This shop in The Firs is filled with the most exquisite locally hand made pieces. There are quite a few Christmas items still in the shop like angels, these Santas and hanging decorations, but all so beautiful that one would want them and display them all year through
A team from work recently went out to Hammanskraal to see the work the regional team is doing there. Part of the days activities included playing soccer against a bunch of grannies / gogo's who are a big part of the work the organisation I work for do in this area.
We only played 20 minutes against them, but it was quite exhausting. These practice every week, are very strict about the rules. And one feels bad defending a lovely old granny in soccer gear and loafers - that is until they aggressively defend back.
After our friendly match we chatted to them a bit and many of them got dressed to go back home. My favourite was this gogo who put this really lovely red shwe shwe dress over her soccer kit, with socks and soccer boots popping out the bottom.
I received these pictures from my great friend M who reently attended a wedding where the table decorations and wedding favours were made of shwe shwe. I think these pictures are just lovely and capture the sense of the wedding.
The jam and the serviettes were homemade for everyone. The couple that got marreid are both from the states, but living here now, and I love that have adopted shwe shwe as something special too. I love the simple hurricane lanterns on the table too