Fancy Stitch artists, Sizakele Mbuyisa, Thobile Myeni, Thulisile Ngcampalala, Nelile Mathenjwa and Nomusa Mpontshane are the nineteenth artists, and their work will be featured on the Woza Moya Artist’s Wall during March 2023.
Thank you to the 100% Foundation for coming on board for an ongoing sponsorship and making this monthly event possible.
The concept behind the Woza Moya Artist’s Wall and Artist’s Cards is to create and showcase work for artists who have been hard hit by Covid. Each month a different Artist is paid to paint/create artwork which is displayed on the wall outside our Woza Moya, Hillcrest AIDS Centre shop. Woza Moya assists the artist by marketing their work for the entire month their work is on display. A greeting card is made of the artwork and sold in our shops so that artists can earn an ongoing passive income.
The artwork is for sale and people can bid for the artwork online: https://www.wozamoya.co.za/auctions/.
Bidding starts at R3500 at the start of each month, and closes at the end of the month and the person who has the highest bid gets to purchase the artwork, and the artist will get a further percentage of the sale. To assist the artist we have reproduced the artwork on a gift card and the artist/s will get 50% from the sale of cards. If you love the artist’s work please support them by buying a card they are only R25, and card sales help artists earn a passive income.
Fancy Stitch Group is a self-help, income generating and skills development initiative amongst women.
Fancy Stitch artists, Sizakele Mbuyisa, Thobile Myeni, Thulisile Ngcampalala, Nelile Mathenjwa and Nomusa Mpontshane worked together for over 3 months to create this masterpiece. With Nelile drawing the picture that the ladies would follow. The stitches look as if they are machine-made, and when we unpacked this artwork, we were brought to tears by its beauty, and someone shouted out that this was definitely made with absolute love. There are so many tiny details in this piece, that one could look at it for an hour and not absorb all the detail within. The beautiful botanicals and bird life seem to swirl in this composition, to create a mesmerising South African garden.
Fancy Stitch is based in the rural mountainous village of Ingwavuma KZN, which borders Swaziland. This remote village is often affected by water shortages and Fancy Stitch assisted in getting water tanks for the Fancy Stitch community. To get to Fancy Stitch it would be a 6-hour drive from Hillcrest, so all the work we order gets couriered from the mountain to Woza Moya in Hillcrest.
Fancy Stitch is well known for its embroidered book-marks, cards and magnets that we have sold in partnership and support of Fancy for over 19 years. Fancy Stitch in its heyday had over 60 embroidery artists, but Covid and its rural location have impacted on the number of crafters that can be supported and the number of crafters has dwindled. This is such an important organisation doing incredible work, its location is so vital in creating rural hubs of excellence.
Please support this organisation and the incredible crafters by buying a card or bookmark this month or placing an order for your shop. If you have a big order please email order to Nancy : email@example.com we all need to support this organisation!
Woza Moya is the economic empowerment project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust.
FOR MORE INFO:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop opening times:
- 8am -4pm Woza Moya Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust 26 Old Main Road Hillcrest
- 8:30 -5- Kloof Fields centre shop 8:30 -2 Saturday and closed on Sunday
- 9am -5pm Woza Moya Windermere centre – open on Sunday 9-2
- Saturdays 8- 2 HACT and 9-2 Windermere Centre