Mad as a March Hare…You are invited!

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Alice (in Wonderland): “Who’s to say what is “proper”? What if it was agreed that “proper” was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?”

Anyway…this is not why I write to you today….

“Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. ‘I do”, Alice hastily replied’ ‘at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know’. ‘Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. ‘Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!”. -Lewis Carroll.

I would like to invite you to TWO group exhibitions this month!

Is it “proper” to participate in two exhibitions in the same province, in the same month?

I don’t know if it is ‘proper’ or not, all I know is that I’m feeling blessed.

Alice (in Wonderland): From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is my dream.

Anyway if you are in the Gauteng area (Pretoria and Johannesburg) on the 7th until the 10th of March 2018… then



Lord Ascot: Charles, you have lost your senses? This picture is impossible.

Charles: Precisely. Gentlemen, the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it’s possible.

On that note, I wish you and yours a happy weekend.

I am brainstorming on ways to get myself from the coast to Gauteng for these events, and hope to see you there. fingers crossed. xxx


Spring/Summer studio newsletter

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Pincushion (Leucospermum) Cotton thread and rubber 77 x 75 cm

Dear Friends,

It is September already, and Spring is in the air!

I am happy to tell you that my work arrived safe and sound in Australia. “Incognito” my first solo exhibition at MContemporary gallery in Sydney opens on the 23rd of September 2017.  I will not be able to attend the opening, but if you have friends or family in that area, please spread the word.

For this upcoming solo exhibition, Incognito, I am inspired by flowers with interesting common names. By combining flowers with self-portraits and animal skulls I wanted to create masks, concealing the true identity.

Black-eyed Susan 60 x 30 x 25 cm

You are welcome to visit the gallery’s page (here) to get a preview of the work for this show, but I will also post images here during the course of this month…

In the meanwhile I am busy preparing for another solo exhibition titled : “Come hell or high water” which will open on the 5th of October 2017 at Lizamore and Associates gallery in Johannesburg.

Come hell or high water – cotton thread, felt and rubber 63 x 102 cm

but more about this at a later stage.

In early November the gallery Knysna Fine Art turns 20! They will be hosting an extraordinary group exhibition to celebrate this milestone. I am thrilled and honoured to take part in this exhibition since this gallery was the first to give me a show back in 2003!


And then the final news-snippet for today:

I am looking forward to participate in a group exhibition at Grande Provence in collaboration with the wine estate around their range of Angel Tears wine in December this year.

On that note, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy the sunny days, and if you are more North, I hope you experience a lovely Autumn/Winter.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go blow up some balloons since my little boy is celebrating his 7th birthday today xxx

“Sir” Stephan is 7!




Autumn Studio update

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Ah, well into the month of March and since March was named after the Roman God of war, I thought this picture with a toy gun is appropriate, (not that I am a fan of war) but as Alice Walker wrote in the book: The Colour Purple: “A grown child is a dangerous thing”

In the studio I am “fighting” with unfinished pieces, admin and time.

I recently had an encounter with a beautiful animal (seal) when I went for my daily swim in the Goukou river and afterwards a friend told me that I should regard it as a sign to “go with the flow.” So while I concentrate on going with the flow…I’d like to tell you about some exciting things that’s coming up in the next 3 months:


“Stitched”  (part 1) a group show is opening on the 24th of March at the Paradigm gallery in Philadelphia USA! Three of my works will be shown alongside some amazing artists using embroidery and stitching techniques in their work.  It’s the first time that my work will be seen in the USA and I am super excited to be included in this show.

*Please contact if you would like to be on the digital collector preview list for this exhibition.*


In April I will be participating in “A Visual Requiem for Judith Mason” a travelling group exhibition..

….a tribute to celebrate the art and life of Judith Mason who sadly passed away earlier this year.


For the month of May: I am in the process of getting my work ready to ship it to the Netherlands for the Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2017!


I will post some images of the work soon, but for now I’d like to leave you with this quote by Patti Smith from her book: Just Kids, which I finished reading over the weekend:

“In my low periods, I wondered what was the point of creating art. For whom? Are we animating God? Are we talking to ourselves? And what was the ultimate goal? To have one’s work caged in art’s great zoo’s – The Modern, The Met, The Louvre?

I craved honesty, yet found dishonesty in myself.  Why commit to art? For self-realisation, or for itself? It seem indulgent to add to the glut unless one offered illumination…..

I wondered if anything I did mattered…..?

Robert (Mapplethorpe) had little patience with these introspective bouts of mine.  He never seemed to question his artistic drives, and by his example I understood that what matters is the work:  The string of words propelled by God becoming a poem, the weave of colour and graphite scrawled upon the sheet that magnifies His motion.  To achieve within the work perfect balance of faith and execution.  From this state of mind comes a light, life charged”






A moment in May

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“What on earth is a moment?

A moment is a very small particle of time. It is so small that one day is made of 6,400,099,980 moments.

(Six billion, four hundred million, ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and eighty)

1 fingersnap = 65 moments and 6,400,099,980 moments = one day, so 6,400,099,980 divided by 65 = 98,463,077 fingersnaps per day.

Everything in the universe is constantly changing, and nothing stays the same, and we must understand how quickly time flows by if we are to wake up and truly live our lives…

That’s what it means to be a time being…

and just like that you die.”

From the book: A tale for the time being by Ruth Ozeki

WordPress notified me that its been 5 years since my first post. Wow how time flies! Thank you dear friends and followers for taking the time to read my blog…

I actually thought to stop blogging for a while because I could relate with the following quote from the author Ruth Ozeki:

“It made me sad when I caught myself pretending that everybody out there in cyberspace cared about what I thought, when really nobody gives a shit.  and when I multiplied that sad feeling by all the millions of people in their lonely little rooms, furiously writing and posting their lonely little pages that nobody has time to read because they’re all so busy writing and posting, it kind of broke my heart.”.

and this one…

“Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.” -Milan Kundera, Book of Laugter and forgetting, 1980.

But alas, here I am again, writing to those who do read this…

So today I would like to take a moment to tell you about the two group shows which I am pleased to be included in:

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty


Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Humpty Dumpty and Puss in Boots will be included in the following exhibition:

Event name: Manuscript -Group exhibition
Venue: Art in the Yard, 38 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Date and Time: 13th May 2016 (Opening: Friday night: 18h30pm)
Exhibition: the exhibitions runs till 6th June 2016.

The overall idea behind the exhibition ‘Manuscript’ originated with the idea of working with the Dewey Decimal System experienced as a scholar in school libraries.
A fun feature for this year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival is to link the gallery price tags to represent the Dewey Decimal Systems antique lined card with type writer text that one would have traditionally found in the library.
Artists will take their inspiration from text or from the book titles of their favourite novel, biography, poet or famous author. A writer that changed their perception of life or inspired them. A philosopher’s words or inspirational quote by one of history’s greatest minds.

Artist Participating:

Brahm van Zyl
Henk Serfontein
Chris Denovan
Greta McMahon
Cedric Vanderlinden
Michele Davidson
Annelie van der Vyver
Jan Schutte
Judy Woodborne
Marinda Combrinck
Hannalie Taute
JP Meyer
Juria le Roux
Kathy Botha
Aidon Westcott
Andrew Mogridge
Adriaan Diedericks
Rudolf Rosochaki

And then early June I will present two works at the following exhibition:

Hoepelpoep (Hoopfart): An exhibition about self importance and the cult of thinking oneself famous!
Opening Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at the Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery at 5pm to 8:30pm.
This exhibition will run until 22 June and will be open on Saturdays 4 and 11 June from 10 am to 2pm and also weekdays from 10am to 4pm. (excluding June 16th)
2nd Floor
9 Barron Street
Cape Town

Participating artists include:
JP Meyer
Sarah Pratt
Hannalie Taute
Hennie Meyer
Mark Chapman
Marinda Du Toit
Ilse Nieman
Evette Lombard
Marike Kleynscheldt
Joubert Stander
Alex Hamilton

Here is a sneak peek:

Image via Alex Hamilton

Image via Alex Hamilton

Other news….

While hard at work preparing for my upcoming solo exhibition in September 2016, and two sculpture commissions; I listen to the Reith lectures on YouTube featuring the artist Grayson Perry. While familiar with his ceramics, I recently discovered that he did tapestries! It is also very entertaining hearing him talk about the ‘art world’.

I also watched the movie: The Hunger games. I loved the outfits, especially the fake eyelashes of the character Effie Trinket in this movie. The ‘games’ itself in the movie reminded me very much of social media and to a certain extend the ‘art world’.

Unfortunately I cannot read while I stitch, but somehow sneak moments in-between to finish reading “Even cowgirls get the blues” by Tom Robbins

and so I will leave you with this quote from the above book:

“Don’t be outraged, be outrageous!”

April: Group exhibitions

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TRANSMUTATION’ (The Alchemy of Art)’ is a group show and opens at 6 pm on Friday 15th April 2016 at Knysna Fine Art. That is today!  I should have invited you earlier, but for those who can’t make it here is an e-catalogue:
View the e-catalogue:

I will have 3 works on exhibition at this groups how…1. Father I killed my monkey, 2. Mother is the name of God and 3. SnapScan (Self-portrait:


Snap n Scan (Self-Portrait) Ribbon and Rubber 170 x 165 cm

Snap n Scan (Self-Portrait) Ribbon and Rubber 170 x 165 cm

For the Transmutation group exhibition, I have decided to focus on a specific field namely:


According to the Online Urban Dictionary, “Human transmutation is the ultimate taboo, playing god with someone’s soul.

“Unfortunately, these experiments have given birth to dark and sinister side of alchemy. Whether out of despair, malice or inquisitive hubris, several alchemists have been known to attempt the application of transmutation to human bodies and souls, in essence, playing god with human lives.  But, just as the Law of Equivalent Exchange applies to the transmutation of non-living matter, devastating rebounds can occur in Human Transmutation because human lives and souls are priceless according to the flow of the world.”


Tomorrow opens another group show:

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Grey Area Gallery presents ‘Private Logic’, an intimate exhibition of sculptural and photographic works by Hannalie Taute and Estelle van den Heever.

The works of these two artists investigate the composition of identity in a suspended state between reality and madness, establishing a relationship between the everyday and the bizarre, the public and the private.

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 16 April from 10:00 – 13:00.

‘Private Logic’ can be viewed by appointment in the Grey Area project space on the 1st floor of Cape Town Creative Academy until 13 May.

I have also 3 works at this exhibition…here is a sneak peek:

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Have a lovely weekend! x