February Fiesta 2017

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“Her joys were shared, but her thrills were private”

The above words (unfortunately I cannot remember where I read it and don’t know who to credit) but it more or less sum up my February experiences.

-Apologies to my non-Afrikaans-speaking fellows- tonight I think with my mother-tongue:

Ek het ongelooflike, inspirerende, passievolle mense hierdie maand ontmoet.

Een van hulle was Amanda Strydom. Vanaand wil ek hierdie graag met julle deel:

Een van haar ander opnames getitled: “Die Plukker” – kon ek nie op die internet opspoor om met julle te deel nie, maar hier volg die gedig geskryf deur Deon Opperman:

Die Plukker

Ek sien ’n sonryp perske,

daar doer bo aan ’n tak,

hy groei daar en hy gloei daar,

vol sap en lig gepak.

Ek haal my hoogste trapleer,

want dit moet mens verstaan,

’n plukker moet sy klim ken

as hy ’n boord ingaan.

Ek dra my trapleer na die boom,

en plaas hom net mooi reg,

so met die eerste trapslag

klim ek die aarde weg.

Al hoër en al hoër,

op boontoe na die vrug,

al hoër en al hoër,

my mandjie op my rug.

Verby tak, blaar en wolke,

trap vir trap, dis ver,

verby die maan, verby die son,

verby planeet en ster.

So hoog klim ek dat onder

sien ek die heelal draai,

en bo my kop die goue vrug

waar hemelswinde waai.

Aan die toppunt van my leer

huiwer ek ’n ruk,

dis moeilik, selfs ’n kuns

om so ’n ding te pluk.

Dan reik ek uit en vat hom,

sy sap kan ek al proe,

laat val hom in my mandjie

en dra hom aarde toe.

Dié vrug deel ek met almal,

ek sê: neem, eet en glo.

hierdie stukkie perske

kom uit die boord daarbo.

Die rede waarom ek opsoek was na die bogenoemde, was omdat Amanda tydens haar Nominasie toespraak n roerende gedeelte hieruit opgedra het, na aanleiding van die “trofee”/ beeldhouwerk wat geskep is deur kunstenaar Jaco Sieberhagen:

Title:"Hou van aan jou drome"

Title:”Hou vas aan jou drome”

Elke kunstenaar wat genomineer was vir n Fiesta het so n beeld ontvang!

Ter afsluiting en opsomming: hier volg n kort video vanuit Hugo van Schalkwyk se oogpunt 😉




Recent moments that took my breath away (newsflash)

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photo credit: Anli Botha

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” -Unknown

Dear Friends, collueges and fellow bloggers…

Today I am very happy to share the following news with you:

  1. My exhibition: “Stink Afrikaners” from earlier this year at the Woordfees 2016 has been nominated for a Kyknet Fiesta Award for best Visual Art production at an Art festival!
Title: Kruisbestuiwing Medium: Cotton thread, wood and rubber Size: 61 x 31 cm

Title: Kruisbestuiwing
Medium: Cotton thread, wood and rubber
Size: 61 x 31 cm

This is a ‘breathtaking’ moment for me since it is the 3rd time that my work is nominated for this award. (previous years 2012 for “Skeidingsangs” and 2015 for “Rubber ever After”!)

What an honour to be nominated amongst fellow artists like Alex Hamilton, Amanda Botha and Lien Botha!

Congratulations to all - (artwork by Roger Young)

Congratulations to all – (artwork by Roger Young)


  1. I was recently informed that my work was chosen to represent South Africa at the 2017 Textile Biennial at the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands in May 2017! A dream come true!

For more info about previous Biennials:


I am super excited and overjoyed.

I would like to wish you all a prosperous 2017, and thank you for all the support, encouragement, likes, comments and messages. I appreciate each and everyone.

Best wishes

Today is bittersweet

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Bets Taute and the dinosaurs

Bets Taute and the dinosaurs

Today the 16th of January would have been my mother’s birthday.  If she survived the car crash 19 years ago, she would have been 59.

I wish I could share the news with her that I have been nominated for a KykNet Fiesta 2015 award for my exhibition: Rubber ever after in the category for:” Best accomplishment in Visual Art”!!!!

This announcement was made last night: see here: http://kyknet.dstv.com/2015/01/15/vyfde-kyknet-fiestas-gaan-groot/

I am honoured to be nominated alongside fellow artists: Diek Grobler, Gerhard Marx and The Little Marionette Company!

So yes, today is kind of bittersweet …..but thanks for letting me share it with you.



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Finally I managed to find the box with all the computer goodies.  You see we are in the process of moving and its chaos right here.

I would like to tell you about the amazing experience I had in Cape Town.  All the nominees for the Fiesta award were hosted in Cape Town (interesting since Table Mountain in Cape Town were nominated not so long ago as one of the 7 wonders of the world.-  I wonder if it is considered as a wonder now?)  during 22 and 23 March.  It was the first time in 20 years I set foot on an airplane- and I loved every second of it.  When I was little I wanted to be an air hostess- I am glad I didn’t become one, but it is still fun flying.

The first evening we (the nominees) had an informal dinner at the hotel.  We all received a beautiful artwork by Claudette Schreuders.  (I will post a picture as soon as I find the box containing my camera).  We all got a chance to make believe our speeches which was fun.  I wore this hat:


My speech went like this:

Fooiep fooiep fooiep ( I made this sound while walking to the podium wearing my hat.)

At the podium I produced this sound: pfffrt (as if I am deflating)

“ek het hierdie hoed vir my gemaak sodat ek nie moet grootkop kry nie.

Ek is gewoond daaraan om prentjies te maak en nie te praat,

Maar wil graag dankie se aan die Kyknet span vir die geleentheid, my man-lief wat  kinders oppas en my seuntjie wat wil he mamma moet n boer word in plaas van n kunstenaar- mamma sal nog vir jou n trekker bou.


I had a lovely time meeting people and interesting conversations.

The next morning we had time to ourselves and I decided to walk to Long street (visiting all the bookstores and vintage clothing shops.)  Afterwards I walked to the Iziko South African Art Museum where I was lucky to see a Richard Long exhibition.  There was a ‘project room’ as part of his show where one were free to use all the rocks lying around to express your own feeling you had towards his work.  I used the rocks to spell the word:”verlang” which means missing- longing…also the “-lang” is a play on his surname: Long. (once again I will post pictures later when the camera is found). I had a blast.  Before I headed back to the hotel I sat and watched the squirrels in the Garden while eating an apple feeling like Eve.

The evening of the 23rd we all were transported to the Artscape theatre by bus.  For that event I wore an army helmet covered in small mirrors.  Someone asked me if there is a ‘meaning’ behind the hat I wore- which there is not except for the fact that I love dressing up from time to time.  Life is way too serious and I like having fun with clothes.  The Kyknet team managed to put up a great show.  It will be broadcasted on the DSTV KYKNET channel 111 on 1 March 2012 at 19h30.   Peet Pienaar did the set design which reminded me of our home since they used a lot of boxes.  David Kramer sang ‘Skipskop” my favorite Afrikaans song- the only one that have the ability to make me teary.  Mark Banks were hilarious.

Diane Victor walked away with the award in the visual arts category.  I truly admire her vision and passion.  How she is not afraid to use ‘awkward’ subject matter in her work with integrity.  Congratulations.

A work by Diane Victor

This was truly a remarkable experience- one I wont forget very soon.


Over the moon!

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January sure has been a very exciting month so far!

Not so long ago I received the wonderful news that my project: Lobotoy-me has won me a trip to this years Design Indaba.  Then I was informed that two rhino’s from Lobotoy-me’s collection will be included in the CCDI’s handmade collection which will be showcased at the Design Indaba 2012!

Recently I received an e-mail which stated that my exhibition “Skeidingsangs” at the KKNK 2011 was nominated for a Fiesta award in the category for best achievement in visual art.  That is why I am over the moon! I am bouncing off the clouds!

A friend once said that if you want something really bad, just ask for it and then forget about it.  I always yearned for such  recognition as above, but lately I have been so preoccupied that I forgot about that part of my ambition, until now.

Last year I received “The book of laughter and forgetting” by Milan Kundera from another dear friend.  I started reading it about a week ago.  Somehow I feel that everything is interconnected.  In this book I read about ‘Rhinoceros’ a play by Eugene Ionesco.  I never knew about it – my curiosity is triggered!  Especially since I read on Wikipedia that it belongs to the school of drama known as the ‘theatre of the absurd’, and according to the source it “explores the themes of conformity, culture, mass movements, philosophy and morality.”  Yum.

To return to the matter of laughter and forgetting-

I   will leave you with a quote from this book:

“…, laughter has no object; it is an expression of being rejoicing at being.  When moaning a person chains himself to immediate resent of his suffering body (and lies completely outside past and future), and in this ecstatic laughter he loses all memory, all desire, cries out to the immediate present of the world, and needs no other knowledge.”


p.s the text in the image above comes from the book: ” Sexing the cherry” by Jeanette Winterson