3 SA Craft Blogs (and the Fall of South African Crafts)

Something weird is up with the South African craft scene. South Africans aren’t making as much as before, and although there’s a drive to support local, South African’s are buying handmade items from larger profit-driven businesses rather than from the actual crafters who need the moola. Here are three South African bloggers who make their own stuff and show you how to do it yourself, plus ways that you can support local artists… Read More …

10 Ideas for DIY Handmade Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner (19 June!) and if you’re reading this then it’s very likely that you’ve had enough of the commercial bling and you’re looking for some DIY inspiration. This is my list of 10 DIY handmade Father’s Day gifts. Whether your Dad is the ruggedly outdoors type, or the refined gentlemanly type, you’ll find something here to show him that he’s important to you… Read More …

Artist Profile: Dare to Dream

Having a background in art and crafts, Marietjie was encouraged by friends and family to start selling some of her handmade items. Her jewellery is mostly made from wood, but she has recently also started making upcycled necklaces out of found objects donated by random strangers.   You can see more Dare to Dream products on Read More …

Artist Profile: A Tribe Called Love

Tucked away in the greenery of the Garden Route is a young couple who like to make things by hand and grow organic vegetables. They’re known as A Tribe Called Love. They make fabric owls and furry animal hoods and other useful things made from re-purposed bits and bobs… You can see more products from A Tribe Called Love Read More …

Support a Local Artist This Christmas

It’s not my aim to discuss politics on this blog. Having said that, I’m not going to deny that South Africa is in some economical trouble. My view has nothing to do with race, culture, background, history or social status. My view has everything to do with identity… Read More …