JOY FROM AFRICA GALLERY

Joy from Africa to the World is a celebration of light and hope through locally made and sustainably produced installations that speak to the power of community, co-creation and sustainability, and are filled with stories of meaning, purpose and pride. By collaborating with local designers, makers and the everyday people of Cape Town who joined in our public workshops, we have created decorations imbued with the skills of weaving, beading, welding, drawing, repurposing and so much more.

This is an authentic celebration of African creativity, fuelled by local communities and underpinned by the V&A Waterfront’s commitment to people and our planet.

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CURATING AFRICAN DESIGN 

Buhera and Wolof Chandeliers

Tonga Cascade 

CURATING AFRICAN DESIGN 

Buhera and Wolof Chandeliers

The round Buhera basket, with its distinctive neck, is made from ilala palm in the Buhera district of eastern Zimbabwe. It was traditionally used to store grain but is now celebrated for its beautiful sculptural qualities. Because they are woven by hand, no two baskets are ever the same.

 

The coil-built, lidded Wolof baskets of Senegal are made with njodax (a local grass) and bound with salvaged coloured plastic. They were traditionally bound with palm fronds, which is difficult to work with and hard on the hands, but the introduction of plastic and sewing needles dramatically improved the production and allowed for a whole new colour palette.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Buhera Baskets: Amatuli, Johannesburg and Design Afrika, Cape Town

Wolof Baskets: Jambo, Cape Town

Tonga Cascade

The Tonga basket is a truly sustainable product, made from ilala palm and dyed with tree bark by the Tonga people of Zimbabwe and Southern Zambia. The basket is first woven into a square and then radiates outwards to create diverse patterns, traditionally in the shape of a spider’s web or lightning. It is then finished in a signature herringbone pattern. 

 

This Tonga Cascade is accompanied by Thabisa Mjo’s Deconstructed Pendant Lights, made from beads and draw cord stretched over a complicated cascading framework. They are extra-large so that they can spread as much light and hope as possible from Africa to the world this festive season.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Baskets: Amatuli, Johannesburg and Design Afrika, Cape Town

Beaded Lights: Thabisa Mjo, Mash.T Design Studio, Johannesburg

Deconstructed Pendant Lights

The Deconstructed Pendant Lights are by Thabisa Mjo of Mash. T Design Studio, and are extra-large so that they can spread as much light and hope as possible from Africa to the world this festive season. Thabisa was the winner of Design Indaba 2018’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa and joint winner of 100% Design South Africa Designer of the Year 2019. Renowned for a contemporary take on her South African heritage, her theatrical statement lights are made from beads and draw cord stretched over a complicated cascading framework. 

 

They create a cross-continental dialogue when used together with these Tonga baskets from Zimbabwe and Southern Zambia (see other side of board).

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Baskets: Amatuli, Johannesburg and Design Afrika, Cape Town

Beaded Lights: Thabisa Mjo, Mash.T Design Studio, Johannesburg

Alpha Cascade 

These baskets were made by the Alpha Group from KwaZulu-Natal, which was started by Alpha and Norah Sibiya when the sisters met Design Afrika founder Binky Newman at a design workshop in 2009.

 

At first it was just the two sisters, but thanks to constant orders and product-development workshops run by Design Afrika, the group has now expanded to 12 people, including the sisters’ 65-year-old mother Mama uNetty, who taught her daughters how to weave from a young age. Now, they are teaching their own children.

 

“It’s important to teach the younger generation,” says Alpha, “so that when we die, the weaving continues – it won’t be stoppable!”

 

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Baskets: Design Afrika, Cape Town in collaboration with the Alpha Group, KwaZulu-Natal

Lights: Hoi P’loy, Cape Town

Weavers:

Khethiwe Mathenjwa

Netty Mathenjwa

Bonakele Mlawu

Ntombikayise Mlawu

Nomsa Mlawu

Sinengiwe Mlawu

Nelisiwe Ndlovu

Sindisiwe Ndlovu

Alpha Sibiya

Norah Sibiya

Sicelesihle Sibiya

Londiwe Sibiya

Nomabali, DuNoon and Nongo Cascade

The gourds you see here were inspired by traditional clay pots that have been used for centuries in Africa to store liquid. They were woven by the DuNoon Urban Weavers of Cape Town, and the Nomabali Group in Coffee Bay. Both groups worked with Binky Newman of Design Afrika to create these forms.

 

The Nongo baskets also mimic the traditional clay pot (‘nongo’ meaning clay pot in Chitonga), and were woven with ilala palm by women of the BaTonga tribe in Zimbabwe. This basket was designed by Binky during a workshop run by The New Basket Workshop in partnership with the Binga Craft Centre, and has been so successful that many more weavers in the area have learned to make these shapes, ensuring that this particular weaving skill is passed on.

DuNoon Urban Weavers:

Nosisa Bopheka

Nomapopa Ralasi

Lindiwe Mthongana

 

Nomabali Group Weavers:

Nomonde Madlalisa (founder)

Mamzangwa Phathekile

Nolungile Stewu

Nonothisi Stewu

Togana Mvimbo

DuNoon Cascade

These baskets were made by the DuNoon Urban Weavers of Cape Town, a project to encourage traditional Xhosa weaving in an urban area. Binky Newman of Design Afrika helped found the group with funding from the City of Cape Town, and now partners with the group’s 12 members to produce exclusive designs.

 

Design Afrika negotiated a special permit for the group to harvest imisi reeds in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, from which the baskets are made. The cone design you see here is a collaboration between French designer Jean-Paul Merlin and the DuNoon weavers.

DuNoon Urban Weavers:

Nosisa Bopheka

Nomapopa Ralasi

Lindiwe Mthongana

 

Nomabali Group Weavers:

Nomonde Madlalisa (founder)

Mamzangwa Phathekile

Nolungile Stewu

Nonothisi Stewu

Togana Mvimbo

Celebrating Light and Hope

DuNoon Urban Weavers

We’ve filled this cascade of baskets by the DuNoon Urban Weavers with light to symbolise our hope for a joyous future. The exposed light bulbs are from Hoi P’loy, a vintage lighting company based in our city’s design district of Woodstock, and run by wife and husband Ploy Phiromnam and Guy van der Walt.

 

“Light plays an undeniably important role in the atmosphere of our lives,” says the couple. “It is the love for a warm nostalgic glow from the past which inspires our products that reflect forgotten traditional values in today’s modern world.”

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Baskets: Design, Jean-Paul Merlin of AS’ART, Paris, in collaboration with Binky Newman of Design Afrika and DuNoon Urban Weavers, Cape Town

Lights: Hoi P’loy, Cape Town

Wola Nani Cascade

These baubles show how old elements can be repurposed to produce sustainable decorations. The scratched plastic balls from previous festive seasons were covered in papier-mâché by Wola Nani, using recycled paper from the V&A Waterfront’s Waste Recovery and Recycling Centre.

 

“When I started working as a crafter at Wola Nani, I had nothing after losing my husband, and I had to take care of two boys,” says team leader Zanele Zondi. “My income helped me put my children through school and, as a result, I am proud to say my eldest is a college graduate.”

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Binga Baskets: Jambo, Cape Town

Tree Designs: Phathu Nembilwi and Deep Agency

Pattern Designs: Glorinah Khutso Mabaso

Papier-mâché Baubles: Wola Nani, Cape Town

Papier-mâché Artisans

Audrey Abrahams (operations)

Zanele Zondi (team leader)

Brandon Zondi

Brian Zondi

Cebo Mdanda

Lorraine Williams

Mzukisi Mxhesho

Nolundi Dayimani

Vuyiswa Mathe

A Leader in African Basketry

Many of the baskets you’ll see in our cascading installations come from Design Afrika, run by Binky Newman who has been working very closely with basket-weaving communities across Africa for almost 25 years.

 

Carrying a great respect for the traditions passed down from one generation to the next, Binky has mastered the art of infusing age-old craft with a contemporary aesthetic, while committing to ethical, fair-trade business practices. She regularly collaborates with weavers to develop new ranges of their traditional baskets for an international market, and has contributed vastly to the global recognition of African basketry.

 

This installation includes baskets made by the DuNoon Urban Weavers from Cape Town, the Nomabali Group in Coffee Bay and BaTonga women in Zimbabwe. 

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Baskets: Design Afrika with DuNoon Urban Weavers, Cape Town and Nomabali Group, Coffee Bay

Lights: Hoi P’loy, Cape Town

 

DuNoon Urban Weavers:

Nosisa Bopheka

Nomapopa Ralasi

Lindiwe Mthongana

 

Nomabali Group Weavers:

Nomonde Madlalisa (founder)

Mamzangwa Phathekile

Nolungile Stewu

Nonothisi Stewu

Togana Mvimbo

Basket Weaving Spreads Light and Hope

Victoria Wharf is decorated with baskets from various weaving communities in Africa, showcasing the traditional skills behind each regional style. They represent the joy from Africa that we wish to share with the world.

 

Weaving is a social activity, where women gather and work together, sharing their knowledge and transferring it from one generation to another, keeping their vibrant cultures alive through their artform while generating an income for their families.

 

You’ll see Tonga baskets from Zimbabwe and Zambia, Binga and Buhera baskets from Zimbabwe and Wolof creations from Senegal. You’ll also notice baskets made by the DuNoon Urban Weavers of Cape Town, Nomabali Group in Coffee Bay and the Alpha Group from KwaZulu-Natal.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Baskets: Design Afrika, Cape Town in collaboration with the Alpha Group, KwaZulu-Natal

Lights: Hoi P’loy, Cape Town

 

Weavers:

Khethiwe Mathenjwa

Netty Mathenjwa

Bonakele Mlawu

Ntombikayise Mlawu

Nomsa Mlawu

Sinengiwe Mlawu

Nelisiwe Ndlovu

Sindisiwe Ndlovu

Alpha Sibiya

Norah Sibiya

Sicelesihle Sibiya

Londiwe Sibiya

The Summer Palace

Welcome to our Summer Palace, the home of Queen Halima (Mother Earth) and King Luyolo (the Guardian of Joy). They are accompanied by an eclectic menagerie of beaded creatures, each with its own way of spreading light and hope from this part of Africa to the rest of the world. The naughty monkeys do this by jumping all over the show. Look at them hopping over the Tunnel of Light – a magical archway filled with lanterns decorated by the people of Cape Town, including children from Lalela and family and friends of our own V&A Waterfront staff.

 

Make a wish as you wander through this celebratory walkway and watch as all your hopes and dreams come true.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Construction and Installation: Marketing Merchants

Diorama Concepts and Illustrations: Pauline Irvine of Artymiss

Pattern Designs: Glorinah Khutso Mabaso and Bonolo Helen Chepape

Illustrations: Phathu Nembilwi

Layout: Deep Agency

Beaded Creatures: Monkeybiz (full credits on Monkeybiz board)

Lanterns: Lalela (full credits on Lalela board), Deep Agency and friends and family of the V&A Waterfront staff

Palace and Mannequin Surface Design: Sindiso Khumalo

Beaded Thrones: Africa Nova, Cape Town

Standing Birds: Papier-mâché, Temba Masala; Painting, Nombulelo Masala, Raaswater, Upington

Felt Trees: Ronel Jordaan, Cape Town

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The Summer Palace, also known as Ibhotwe Lasehlotyeni, is inhabited by beaded creatures who have gathered to enjoy the holiday season with Queen Halima (Mother Earth) and King Luyolo (the Guardian of Joy).

 

Each one has been lovingly named by its artist, and has been infused with a sense of joy and optimism. You can see it in their bright colours and quirky patterns. These creatures know how to live together in harmony. They share and care and collaborate. Their sense of community keeps them nurtured and instils them with a sense of pride, and they are never afraid of reaching out to lend a helping hand. That’s why life in the Summer Palace is always filled with light and hope.

 

How are you spreading light and hope this festive season?

Beading with Purpose

These beaded creatures have been crafted with much love and creativity by more than 50 artists who form part of Monkeybiz, an economic upliftment project dedicated to reviving the traditional craft of African beadwork and empowering women to become financially independent.

 

The women, who live in townships around Cape Town, are supplied with beads and materials so that they can work on their artworks from home, earning an income from their finished products.

 

“Monkeybiz has shown people in our communities that beadwork can take them places and help them put food on the table,” says Mathapelo Ngaka, Community Director at Monkeybiz (see other side of board). Mathapelo acts as the link between the not-for-profit business and the bead artists, who live in townships around Cape Town.

 

Through her work as a beader and business leader, she has visited various cities in the US, and attended fairs in Germany, Norway and England. “I never thought that without a university education I would be able to travel the world and empower other women like I am doing,” she says.

Monkeybiz

General Manager: Barbara Tosalli-Dunlop

Community Director: Mathapelo Ngaka 

Animal framework: Victor Chiteura

 

Inkosana Yame-Afrika - The Bright-Nosed Buck

Khongoziwe Kuzani 

Phumla Mramba

Ziyanda Mramba (Phumla’s daughter)

Nande Nodolongo (Khongoziwe’s daughter)

 

Qondabantu - The Palace Dog

Lucy Lumkwana (emerging artist) 

Zisiwe Lumkwana (collectable artist and mother to Lucy)

 

Manqoba - The Observant Owl

Sheila Maishe

 

Eyethu - The Rowdy Rooster

Nomvuyo Mgudlwa

Sindiswa Sitwayi

 

Ngilosi - The Palace Cat

Nomthandazo Nyhontso

Mahlumelo Nkawule (Nomthandazo’s husband)

 

Lithemba - The Rare Rhino 

Mcedisi Mpoki

 

Siphosethu - The Happy Mummy Elephant

Nokwaliwa Makhonco

Nokonwaba Marebethwana

 

Adinamalusi - The Beautiful Baby Elephant

Joyce Sithole (collectable artist)

 

Isobi - The Stern Stork

Icelo - The Working Woodpecker

Octavia Nonjola (collectable artist)

 

Monkeys

Jabu - Evelyn Goqoza 

Bophelo - Mantshepiseng Maphaka

Ntsikelelo - Mandisa Mvinjana 

Uboya - Nadipha Mvinjana

 

Likhonaithemba - The On-the-go Gecko

Noloyiso Maphakathi

 

Mohluko - The Greeting Gecko

Nosipho Rum

Nomthunzi Zelanga

 

Snail Family - Protective Dad, Attentive Mum, Vulnerable Baby

Bongeka Dyakalashe

Christina Ngxana

Sindiswa Sitwayi

Bongeka Soko (collectable artist)

 

Busy Bees 

Noluvo Duna

Nokuphiwa Jongqo

Noxolo Maratsha

Nontle Matshaya

Nomakabongwe Mbombo

Nonzaliseko Mshiywa

Unathi Mvinjana 

Nomaover Phetshana

Nomakhaya Qoqa

Eunice Tema

Thabisa Vellem 

Nomzamo Xhontelo

 

Inquisitive Cape Shrews

Thandazwa Diko

Bongiwe Gobodo 

Vuyokazi Khohliso

Phumla Mramba 

Nonzaliseko Mshiyhwa

 

Boastful Butterflies

Thobeka Bessie

Bongeka Dyakalashe

Sandisiwe Magoda

Abongile Mondi

Nomboniso Mvinjelwa

Nosipho Ndaba

Nosintu Nkawule

Noziqhamo Nkawule

 

Giraffe

Octavia Nonjalo

 

Bush babies

Babalwa Mgutzi

Evelyn Goqoza

Mandisa Mvinjana

Vuyokazi Khohliso

 

V&A Beaded Logo 

Thandi Mankosi

 

Additional bead artist

Sandisile Nqadala

Art that Spreads Joy

The Summer Palace diorama, conceptualised by Pauline Irvine of Artymiss, shows our community of friends and families enjoying this festive period in our neighbourhood. Artymiss’s extraordinary paper artwork is a real celebration of light and hope. It is perfectly complemented by illustrations by graphic designer Phathu Nembilwi, of Queen Halima (Mother Earth) and King Luyolo (the Guardian of Joy), who are decorated with patterns by Glorinah Khutso Mabaso of Renaissance Design, who interprets African beauty through colours and shapes.

 

See how many lanterns you can spot printed onto the walls of the Summer Palace. They were designed by Deep Agency, and are filled with vibrant artwork by Bonolo Helen Chepape of Lulasclan.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Construction and Installation: Marketing Merchants

Diorama Concepts and Illustrations: Pauline Irvine of Artymiss

Pattern Designs: Glorinah Khutso Mabaso and Bonolo Helen Chepape

Illustrations: Phathu Nembilwi

Layout: Deep Agency

Beaded Creatures: Monkeybiz (full credits on Monkeybiz board)

Lanterns: Lalela (full credits on Lalela board), Deep Agency and friends and family of the V&A Waterfront staff

Palace and Mannequin Surface Design: Sindiso Khumalo

Beaded Thrones: Africa Nova, Cape Town

Standing Birds: Papier-mâché, Temba Masala; Painting, Nombulelo Masala, Raaswater, Upington

Felt Trees: Ronel Jordaan, Cape Town

Tree of Light 

This magical Tree of Light is a diorama that expresses the beauty of life in so many forms – from music, story-telling and playground fun, to acts of kindness and sharing moments with family, friends and furry creatures.

 

Watch as Queen Halima (Mother Earth) and King Luyolo (the Guardian of Joy) wander along, lanterns in hand, to join their community in this festive-season celebration of light and hope. And then enjoy the abundance of goodwill that emerges as the tree fills up with more and more lanterns, spreading joy from Africa to the world.

 

The Tree of Light diorama was conceptualised by Pauline Irvine, founder of Artymiss, a company that usually creates bespoke laser-cut stationery and extraordinary paper artwork. Pauline’s illustration of the tree – from its branches filled with animals, to its tapering roots – has been turned into a fantastical moving work of art for you to enjoy from all sides.

 

The people of the Tree of Light were created by self-taught illustrator Nosipho Nxele, known for her ability to capture emotion in her designs, with the help of Pauline. The skipping girl, gran with walking stick and tree-climbing boy are all part of the community celebrating light and hope with us this festive season. They are all overseen by Queen Halima (Mother Earth) and King Luyolo (the Guardian of Joy), designed by Phathu Nembilwi

 

Within these illustrations, you will see patterns designed by Glorinah Khutso Mabaso of Renaissance Design, who interprets African beauty through colours and shapes.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Construction and Installation: Centre Design

Diorama Concepts and Illustrations: Pauline Irvine of Artymiss

People Illustrations: Nosipho Nxele, Phathu Nembilwi and Pauline Irvine

Pattern Designs: Glorinah Khutso Mabaso

Layout: Deep Agency

Trees of Hope

Our Trees of Hope have been coloured in by 16 courageous girls who are part of the Mbokodo Club, a programme run by The Justice Desk. These trees represent 16 Days of Activism, a global campaign that runs annually from 25 November to 10 December, and is an initiative calling for the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence. 

Our 16 artists have all experienced hardships in life but still have such great hope for the future. Our wish is that their light and hope can fill you with optimism, too, as you read about their personal aspirations and dreams.

The V&A Waterfront is a proud funder of the Mbokodo Club, which offers female empowerment workshops, mental health support and self-defence programmes to girl survivors of gender-based violence and rape. The girls vary in age from 10 to 19, and come from the under-served community of Nyanga. Through an ongoing transformative process, they are equipped to become leaders and champions for human rights in their communities. 

The Justice Desk is a non-profit human rights organisation that promotes the power of everyday activism by empowering people to understand and defend their human rights so that they can transform society and create a more just and equal world.

Evile (15) hopes that South Africa commits to building more shelters for women and children who are victims of gender-based violence. She hopes that men respect them as young women. She used cheerful colours on her tree as she sees South Africa as a bright country full of bright children.

 

Busisiwe (14) hopes to see change in the way women are treated. She knows that South Africa is often overshadowed by negativity. However, she chose her colours because she sees our country as a beautiful place and wants 2021 to be bright and beautiful.

 

Mihlali (19) hopes for a more peaceful South Africa where fewer women are abused, and there is less judgement. She wants less tears of sorrow and more tears of joy. She used a lot of colours in her tree because, to her, South Africa is a colourful place.

 

Kelitha (17) wants to see change. She wants gender equality so that women are not discriminated against, and everyone is treated equally. She dreams of a country where we all learn to love and respect each other.

 

Inam’s (13) hope for 2021 is that violence stops and we love each other more. She wants to change the world and stop all abuse.

 

Ahluma’s (13) hope for 2021 is to be a leader and to be a hero. She’s inspired by boys and girls being equal to each other and helping one another.

 

Noludwe’s (15) inspiration is our rainbow nation. She wants to see us love and help each other, and says that our differences are a good thing.

 

Inganathi’s (13) hope for 2021 is that more people support kids who are less fortunate. She wants to see more men helping to stop gender-based violence. Inganathi wants us to change the whole entire world, and believes that we can!

 

Lilitha’s (17) hope is that women are treated equally in the future. She says that people look down on women and don’t think they can do more than men, but she believes that women can be whatever they want to be! She hopes to be educated and become a doctor one day, and then to become the first female president.

 

Anelisa’s (13) hope is for gender equality, love and peace. And she would love us all to respect one another.

 

Lindokuhle (15) is inspired by women. We must be strong, confident and empowered as women, she says. Her hope for 2021 is that gender-based violence is stopped and that women are respected.

 

Yolisa’s (16) hope for 2021 is that crime and gender-based violence are stopped. She was inspired by the colour pink because it is the colour of the Mbokodo Club.

 

Asakhanya (15) knows that there is too much corruption and she would like to change that. She hopes that better leaders are chosen for South Africa, inspired by South African women who are brave enough to lead.

 

Lelethu’s (15) hope for 2021 is that crime and gender-based violence in South Africa are stopped. People should not be judged for how they look, she says, and there must be equality and respect.

 

Ikhona (14) sees women as being strong, beautiful and powerful, and wants their bodies to be respected. She hopes for gender equality and an end to corruption.

 

Andiswe (13) believes in a country where respect, care and love are for everyone. She wants gender-based violence to stop, because enough is enough. She says that the Mbokodo Club has shown her that women have a voice, and she now sees herself as strong, fierce and fearless.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Tree Artwork: The Justice Desk’s Mbokodo Girls (names on trees)

Design and Layout: Deep Agency

A Sustainable Kelp Forest

We care about the planet and its inhabitants. That’s why our festive decorations are made with sustainable materials by the people of Cape Town. The Our Workshop team in Langa, together with Captain Fanplastic, hosted workshops for the public to get involved in the making of these hanging kelp garlands. They are made from old plastic bottles, sourced around the city.

 

Other elements have been fashioned by talented Watershed tenants, like the dangling seaweed, made by Davis Ndungu of Recycled Flip Flop Sculptures.

 

Swimming through this underwater forest you’ll spot wooden fish by Kenau Botha of BlocART, who uses recycled wood, as well as colourful jellyfish, starfish and angel fish. These were all skilfully formed from wire and beadwork by Bishop and Anderson Tarambawamwe of Master Wire and Bead Craft.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Kelp Garlands: Our Workshop, Langa

Seaweed Garlands: Davis Ndungu of Recycled Flip Flop Sculptures, Watershed

Fish: Kenau Botha of BlocART, Watershed

Jellyfish, Starfish and Angel Fish: Bishop and Anderson Tarambawamwe of Master Wire and Bead Craft, Watershed

A Sustainable Woodland Forest

We care about the planet and its inhabitants. That’s why our festive decorations are made with sustainable materials by the people of Cape Town. The Our Workshop team in Langa, together with Captain Fanplastic, hosted workshops for the public to get involved in the making of these leafy garlands. They are made from old plastic bottles, sourced around the city.

 

Other elements have been fashioned by talented Watershed tenants, like the metal butterflies fluttering through the forest. They were made by Samson Sithole of Sunshine Crafts, while the birds and weavers’ nests were skilfully formed from wire and beadwork by Bishop and Anderson Tarambawamwe of Master Wire and Bead Craft. The weaver light shades are made from papier-mâché by Quazi Design.

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Leaf Garlands: Our Workshop, Langa

Birds and Nests: Bishop and Anderson Tarambawamwe of Master Wire and Bead Craft, Watershed

Butterflies: Samson Sithole of Sunshine Crafts, Watershed

Light Shades: Quazi Design, Watershed

Lights: Hoi P’loy, Cape Town

Sustainability in Action 

In a drive to make our festive decorations as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible, we have recycled decorations from our previous holiday campaigns, redecorating ring frames with baskets, repurposing plastic bottles into chandeliers, and up-cycling scratched plastic baubles. These were covered in papier-mâché by Wola Nani, who used recycled paper supplied by the V&A Waterfront’s Waste Recovery and Recycling Centre. Wola Nani’s mission is to enhance the capacity of the HIV/AIDS sector through research, advocacy, training and resources, to more effectively meet key challenges in improving the well-being of communities affected by HIV and AIDS.  

Creative Direction: Platform Creative Agency

Design: Cathy O’Clery and James MacNamara

Installation: Centre Design

Binga Baskets: Jambo, Cape Town

Tree Designs: Phathu Nembilwi and Deep Agency

Pattern Designs: Glorinah Khutso Mabaso

Papier-mâché Baubles: Wola Nani, Cape Town

 

Papier-mâché Artisans

Audrey Abrahams (operations)

Zanele Zondi (team leader)

Brandon Zondi

Brian Zondi

Cebo Mdanda

Lorraine Williams

Mzukisi Mxhesho

Nolundi Dayimani

Vuyiswa Mathe