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A Year in Focus - #Knysnamade 2016

Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:37 Written by  Lisa Leslie
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Below are brief descriptions of the creative talent showcased last year in our #KnysnaMade Campaign. We look forward to seeking out even more talent during 2017.

JB Furniture Manufacturers employs time honoured cabinet making techniques coupled with several contemporary design and manufacturing processes in the making of their timber furniture range. www.jbfurniture.co.za/

Crispen Manhanga of Nelchris Arts & Crafts, is one of Knysna’s leading wire artists, producing an incredible range of intricate beaded wire work. 078-8847750 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bevan van Druten from Exhibit Art, is a hugely successful artist, who combines his love of the natural world and art to create unique sculptures from an assorted assemblage of driftwood. www.exhibit-art.co.za

Ali Goris from One Bright Day employs an age old technique known as lost wax carving when creating his stunning jewellery pieces. He is inspired mostly by things which he finds in nature. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Well-known local commercial and fine art photographer Alix Carmichele broadened her creative landscape earlier this year with the opening of her new shop called Magpie’s Nest, which sells an eclectic collection of locally hand crafted goods, vintage clothing and more. www.facebook.com/magpiesnestknysna/

Cutting edge urban street wear brand Stoned Oxygen (S02) clothing company was launched by Sedgefield resident Cassidy Bo Morrison. Her motto: High on Life www.stoneoxygen.com

Glass Roots is a contemporary glass fusing studio located at the Mosaic Market in Sedgefield. They produce an exquisite range of glass jewellery and functional and decorative homeware. www.glassroots.co.za

Local African contemporary artist Artwell Musungate manages to creatively depict the raw, unequivocal charm of Africa and its people. He paints both landscapes and African figures in a style reminiscent of post-impressionist painters. www.facebook.com/artwell.musungate

Owner of Fullturn Clothing Jurgens van der Walt is a self-taught local illustrator of immense talent. His work depicts his own personal reflections, and other social commentary www.fullturn.co.za

All natural, hand-crafted Nourish Natural Soaps are heaven-scent. Free from any harmful chemicals and colourants, these soaps are made entirely from pure, natural ingredients and essential oils. www.nourishsoaps.com

The soft furnishings and accessories produced by local textile and home décor studio iSpy, pack a definitive design punch, bringing bold splashes of colour and quirky cheer to interior spaces. www.ispy-shop.com

Richard Henley of Full Circle Furniture, combines contemporary design with time-honoured, traditional techniques when making his handmade furniture pieces - each are functional works of art. www.fullcirclefurniture.co.za

Sedgefield Craft Brewery at Sedgefield's Scarab Village makes some of the finest craft beer in the Garden Route. Cheers to that! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Graham Sparks has been a member of the Knife Makers’ Guild of South Africa for 20 years now, which is a serious benchmark for success as a knife maker. Each of his knives are functional works of art.
044 387 1304

Using the hard covers of discarded old books, Wake up and Dream makes notebooks filled with blank pages - each cover etched with mindful, contemplative quotes amid soulful designs. www.wakeupanddream.co.za

Vukani Beading Group is a group of local bead artisans from Smutsville that make a range of exquisite traditional beaded jewellery. www.facebook.com/Vukani-Beading-Group

Yellowood Ventures product range includes fridge magnets and key-rings made from yellowwood timber, each laser engraved with a design depicting a unique aspect synonymous with towns across the Greater Knysna area. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fulton Wire Works produces a wide range of beaded wire art including a range of African wildlife figures along with several functional items such as spice racks, shampoo and conditioner holders, soap dishes and bowls. 076 182 2905

Four Flowers Water is a Knysna based company which delicately infuses water with pure botanical extracts, resulting in a healthy, sparkling and refreshing drink with no calories, no sweeteners and no preservatives. www.fourflowerswater.co.za

Kites by Design are old-school kite making purists very well known locally and abroad for their flawless kite craftsmanship. They are often commissioned to make one off bespoke kites for avid collectors. www.facebook.com/KitesByDesign

STARBOATS manufactures and repairs paddle boats, fishing boats, canoes and pontoons - many examples of which can be seen on the waters throughout the Knysna Estuary. www.starboats.co.za

Portia's Designs is a children's clothing line using traditional West African fabrics that are very bright, funky and eclectic in design. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lydia's Up-cycled Jewellery range is a brilliant concept, whereby she converts old or discarded materials into stunningly unique, one of a kind jewellery pieces. 073 072 2303

We recently discovered a perfect, and exquisitely beautiful alternative to plastic water bottles – wearable, Earthdrop ceramic water bottles. Made by local company WearOne. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Little Tribe sells a unique range of locally handmade designer kids clothing, accessories and bedding and the profits go back into the community to uplift children in need. They recently opened a shop on Thesen Island called The Story. www.little-tribe.com

Hope HQ is the Knysna Youth For Christ's thriving hub of activity. It comprises of four divisions: Options Care Centre, Team Khanya, Hands & Hearts Skills Development Centre (“Toolbox Project”) and the Ithemba Craft and Skills Centre. www.yfc.co.za

AfricAnatomy is a range of contemporary wildlife illustrations on calendars and cards done by graphic designer Jo Hugo. It is essentially a “meshing” - as she calls it - of her love for wildlife, for Knysna - and her strong conservation stance. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SilentK Clothing Co. (named after the silent K in Knysna) is a t-shirt design company based in Knysna that produces a range of t-shirts with local expressions that really tug on our 'Proudly South African' heartstrings. www.silentkclothing.co

Johnny Snyman of Heartwood Bows makes handcrafted contemporary bows and arrows employing time-honoured traditional methods and materials comprised of wood, bamboo and special transparent uni-directional fibreglass. www.heartwoodbowsonline.com

Facebook group called Handmade in Sedgefield South Africa serves to showcase and sell items handmade by residents of Sedgefield and provides a place where people living either in Sedgefield or further afield can then browse and buy. www.facebook.com/groups/handmadeinsedgefield/

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