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MAKING MONEY MATTERS (article first published : 2001-08-9)

If you weave baskets, twist wire, bead necklaces or mould clay here is a chance to sell your work in time for Christmas. All crafters are invited to take up this opportunity and start creating new craft items to submit to the Echo Craft Bazaar which takes place from October 10 to 31.

The Bazaar has grown in popularity over the years to become one of Pietermaritzburg’s premier events. The Echo Craft Bazaar incorporates the Ngezandla Zethu project and is held in association with the Tatham Art Gallery and supported by the Natal Witness and Echo. This annual event offers all crafters of KZN an opportunity to sell work, and gain exposure to a broader market than they themselves may be able to reach.

Julia Buss of the Tatham Art Gallery’s Outreach Programme hopes that the sales of the Bazaar do better than last year. "The 2000 Bazaar was a great success in terms of sales of work and far exceeded our expectations, which means money is going directly back to the crafters, as the commission on sales is extremely low,” she says.

The Tatham Art Gallery is particularly interested in supporting the communities of the Msunduzi area, and although the Bazaar is open to crafters from all over KZN, the particular focus is on crafters in the local area. They will be offering support and incentives to them to continue to develop their craft skills.

This year crafters of Msunduzi area will have the opportunity to sell their own items at craft stalls during the ten day period of the Bazaar. "This is a new idea intended to assist crafters have face to face exposure to the buying public and gain a better understanding of how the market operates and what people are looking for,” says Julia. “It also gives crafters exposure to other people who create and will stimulate an exchange of ideas. For those crafters who cannot come into Pietermaritzburg to sell their work, the work will be sold for them as has happened in past years.”

In order to make way for this year’s craft Bazaar, all crafters who did not pick up their work from the Bazaar 2000 can do so at the Old Presbyterian Church adjacent to the Tatham Art Gallery. If craft work is not claimed by the end of August, the items will be disposed of or re-sold at this year’s bazaar.

For further information contact Phumzile Sithole or Julia Buss on (033) 342-8070 or 342-1804.




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