It’s the first time ever I’ve done a commission.
Luckily it was one that I had free reign to do what I wanted. That also made it difficult, because I didn’t know the art patron well. All I knew was that she has written a book called “Dans met die rooi rok” and that she wanted an embroidered rubber doll. So instead of 1 I made 3 for her to choose from.
The first one I gave a red dress, because I’ve read about the book she wrote. Unfortunately I haven’t read her book yet, but it’s on my reading list! The quote on this artwork comes from the book: “Women wedlock and the world”.
The second “doll” is called “Blomme-meisie”. and the third ones title is: “Gouelokkies was eintlik n beer/Goldilocks was actually a bear”.
Instead of one she chose two!
These two found a home:
I do hope that she gets as much joy from these pieces as I had in making them.
Like clockwork each December old dear Nostalgia comes for a visit. Sometimes we listen to old cassette’s or LP’s (yes i still have those) or sometimes we page through old diaries and sketchbooks.
During one of those ‘sessions’ yesterday, I stumbled upon this photocopied page from a book pasted in my 2006 diary. I wish I wrote down from which book this quote comes from.
If someone knows please let me know, because i’m keen to read it again. This quote hasn’t lost it’s charm for me after all these years.
Author Lauren Beukes and curator Jacki Lang are putting together a charity art exhibition for the Open Book Festival in September, and I have been invited to participate!
Who is Lauren Beukes?
Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling South African author. Her novels include The Shining Girls, Zoo City and Moxyland, but she’s also written comics, kids animated TV shows and journalism. Lauren has a history of doing charity art projects loosely themed around her novels and has previously raised money for ex-offender rehabilitation organization Khulisa and The Suitcase Project for refugee kids around Zoo Cityand for the women’s group the Montagu Sew & Sews around Moxyland. She promotes South African talent internationally whenever she can, often through interesting collaborations, including the Zoo City and Moxyland soundtracks from African Dope.
And Jacki Lang?
Jacki Lang is an independent South African design curator. She recently moved back From London after working as a curator, gallery manager, design writer and consultant forEight years. Her previous group art shows for charity in London include Napkin, which raisedMoney for The Peninsula School Feeding Association & Concern Worldwide.
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They sent me a couple of pages ripped from Lauren Beukes’s new book: The shining girls, and I was free to interpret these pages or only one page as I wish. I have decided to use page 136.
Unfortunately I haven’t read “The Shining Girls” as we speak, but it’s definitely on my reading list. I have read Lauren’s book: Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa’s Past. This was beautifully written and very insightful.
Here is a small section of the work I did for this exhibition.
And since Lauren stated on her website that they are only showing snippets of the work on view, I decided that I will post the full picture on the 6th when the exhibition opens.
To see snippets of the other work and some names of the other artists participating in this event visit Lauren Beukes’s blog at here.
Or just pop in for a visit to view it all on the 6th of September:
- Opening night: Friday 6 September 2013
- Time: 5.30pm
- Venue: Cape Town School of Photography, 4th Floor, 62 Roeland Street, Cape Town (above Vida, opposite The Book Lounge)
- Exhibition runs until 13 September, open 9am-5pm daily.