Heart Felt

David Land for HAND/EYE
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Twelve years ago Margaret Woermann opened Heartworks to provide work made with the heart in order to feed the belly. At that time, the idea of buying something made and designed locally was new to South Africa. Today Heartworks’ two Cape Town locations sell Heartworks embroidered collections as well as Margaret’s curation of local design offerings. They are hardly alone in Cape Town’s amazingly diverse craft-locavore scene.

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Modernizing Traditions

Courtesy of Andrés Valbuena
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I will never forget my first encounter with Jorge Lizarazo and his Hechizoo collection. I was completely overwhelmed by the originality and refinement of his textile designs. I loved the texture of the matt vegetable fibers paired with the brilliant metals: the overall effect was gorgeous. It was like nothing I had ever seen before.

Growing up in Colombia, I have always been fascinated with textiles, especially Pre-Columbian artefacts. Textiles are integral to our cultural identity and artistic history.

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The Plastic Bottle Reinvented

Courtesy of Pet Lamp
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Recycling. Innovative design. Cultural preservation. Income generation. Weave these threads together and you get the Pet Lamp project, one-of-kind pendant lights made from plastic bottles and naturally dyed palm tree fibers. Debuting this fall in striking clusters at furniture and design fairs throughout Europe, it’s easy to forget that the Pet Lamp originated as a response to a growing environmental disaster throughout Colombia’s Amazon region and beyond.
 

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Embroidered Memories

Courtesy of Tal Waldman
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Embroidered Memories was created 24 months ago and it is an adventure in research and production between a group of Parisian craftsmen, a photographer and myself. It is an art project that speaks of collective memory and migration, of sharing and of cultural diversity, up-cycling and a new process of collaborative production.

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