Contemporary African craft emerges from a compelling Afro-urban context and use readily available “found” industrial materials. Crafters put their own unique stamp on traditional forms. Imaginative basketry is woven from plastic-coated telephone wire, plastic bags are fashioned into handbags, and fabric off-cuts are made into hooked rug handbags. Milk bottles, cable ties, sweet wrappers, rubber from tyres – no material is too humble for transformation.
Witty, streetwise and inspired by township culture, the pieces featured at Africa Nova vibrate with the raw energy of an Africa in transition and will reward the keen observer with wily social and political commentaries.