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stories from the artists at the Newlands Craft Market
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November 09, 2010
Mwanza - Sculptor: Stone
Date of birth: 27 March 1969
Cell Phone Number: +263-733-876232 or +263-773-477994
late husband was a sculptor and she developed an interest in his
work. Whenever he went away she would put on his work-suit and practice
in secret. One day he found her in the act and said that he had
always known that she wanted to sculpt. Jane's husband eventually
taught her and their two sons, Leeroy and Lenon, how to sculpt in
stone. Finding this work more rewarding, she left her job of selling
clothes at a flea market and began to create sculptures in their
workshop at home. Working with heavy stone is difficult, especially
for a woman. However, Jane has persisted in her new career and hopes
to buy a pickup truck so that she will be able to travel throughout
the country to where the best stone is available and to transport
her finished product to where her buyers are located.
Mutowo - Sculptor: Stone and Wood
Year of birth: 21 January 1968
Cell Phone Number: +263-775-642694
a sports fanatic, interested in everything including swimming, running
and football. This passion is reflected in some of the pieces he
produces. In fact, his more recent work shows a strong theme of
the 2010 Soccer World Cup that was held in neighbouring South Africa.
Johannes has come a long way in his profession, which he started
in 1998 having been inspired and taught by his late brother-in-law.
He has managed to overcome challenges like shortages of capital
and is able to sustain himself and his family. Johannes' biggest
dream is to own his own workshop where he can create freely in a
space where his artistic expression can be unleashed without restraint.
Mutakuva - Crochet and Batik Pieces
Year of birth: 1953
Cell Phone Number: +263-772-590830
Monica has been
involved in handcrafts for a long time. She started out as a stone
sculptor having been inspired by other women who were plying their
crafts. Her first pieces were small and delicate but eventually
Monica became a fully-fledged sculptor. Unfortunately she developed
a chest condition that was caused by the dust from hewing stone
and she had to abandon sculpting. Undeterred, Monica taught herself
the art of crocheting and later, learnt how to make batiks using
potato printing. As a widow, she does not depend on assistance from
her relatives; instead, Monica's extensive talents have always
allowed her to sustain herself and her family.
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