Besides drawing and Art History, my other subjects at Technicon were stained glass and printmaking (I changed the latter to sculpture in my 3rd year). For years I experimented with a range of mediums from wax, plaster of paris, dressmaking pattern paper, collage, assemblage which included found objects such as skulls and toys etc.
In 2004 I found myself under the top 100 artists in a very renowned National Art competition for a series of ‘toys’ constructed out of platster of paris and found objects titled: Madam choose your personality”.
In 2011 I was nominated for a Fiesta award for my exhibition “Skeidingsangs/Seperation anxiety” at an Art festival. In retrospect I see that show as a retrospective of all the other mediums I used in my art practice; before rubber.
Thereafter I got fed-up with the South African Art world and joined the CCDI (Cape Craft and Design institute) That is when I started using discarded inner tubes to make toys like rhino’s, giraffes and elephants. I also donated a portion of the sales to an anti-rhino poaching fund.
It wan’t until a friend asked me to add her daughters’s name onto the rubber toy, that I had the idea of embroidering on rubber. As they say the rest is history…
In 2013 I had my ground-breaking exhibition titled: Rubber ever after at the Klein Karoo Art Festival and won an award for that, which opened a lot of doors in the Art World for me. Since then I realized the mass amount of possibilities working in this medium and year after year I try and push my won boundaries working with this medium and will continue to do so.