The Living Jewels project has given Sabine Woodward a new lease on life and it is all for a brilliant cause!
Sabine Woodward has been a resident of Knysna for going on 30 years and for most of that time she ran Emma Jayne Interiors, one of Knysna's original and most successful interior design companies. She sold it several years ago and now dedicates her time towards worthy causes.
After grappling to come to terms with the loss of her mother a few years ago, Sabine found herself in a particularly dark emotional space from which she battled to emerge. However, a year ago, on Valentine's Day 2016, she embarked on a creative project which proved not only an immensely powerful healing tool, but one that really got her creative juices flowing.
In order to try and get out of her funk, Sabine decided to do two things: firstly to sign up as a Knysna SANparks Honorary Ranger, dedicating her time to raising funds for this important organisation and then also to revive her life-long passion for the healing powers of plants.
What started off as an 'art therapy' exercise, is now her “Living Jewels” project, which raises money for the SANParks Honorary Rangers Programme. Focusing on making art pieces that depict some of our vulnerable and endangered wildlife species, Sabine combines – and essentially up-cycles - an eclectic assortment of second hand materials; from wood, to metal, glass, semi-precious stones, shells and other interesting items.
The very first piece she started back on Valentine Day last year, is now completed and on show at the Sahar Persian Carpet Shop (Shop5 of the Boatshed, Thesen Harbour Town.) It is titled “Mating Seahorses at Full Moon” (mating of seahorses usually coincides with a full moon). This piece is in honour of the Knysna Seahorse, our own town's most iconic little species, which is listed as 'Endangered' by the IUCN. It's a dazzling piece, and one which Sabine hopes to sell in order to raise money for important nature conservation programmes run by SANparks. She has already sold a few other smaller pieces and is currently busy on several others, depicting pangolin, Cape parrots, owls and flamingoes.
When she is not immersed in Living Jewels, she spends her time doing weekly clean-ups together with other volunteers from SAnparks and the Knysna Basin Project, clearing rivers of litter before it ends up spilling into our precious Knysna Estuary. She also studies the healing powers of plants and works part-time at the Africology Shop at the Boatshed (producing a luxurious, natural and eco-friendly skincare range, fragranced only with pure essential oils.).
Please support her worthy cause. Her next pieces will be on display at the Knysna Tourism offices, so watch that space!