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VERSTER BEAD DESIGN (article first published : 2005-07-19)

Opening at the African Art Centre July 20 at 18h00 will be an exhibition of bead jewellery designs by Andrew Verster showing the paper maquettes. The exhibition will be accompanied by beadwork made by expert beaders of The African Art Centre, led by Hlengi Dube.

This exhibition will be opened by Andrew Verster on the evening of July 20 at 17h30 when models will show clothes and beadwork Designed by Andrew and his original paper maquettes.

“Maquettes is in fact the wrong word really,” says Andrew Verster, “because my designs were not small-scale versions of the eventual thing the way a clay model figure is the scaled-down version of the life-size bronze, for example. I worked in paper which I understand and made semi-3D sculptures, reliefs in paper, which were starting points for the beaders. They did the translation into their language.”

On show will be 50 or so of Andrew’s designs side by side with the eventual beadwork. After the speeches on the opening night, two models from Ice Models will dress in Andrew’s Fashion Week dresses and wander through the crowd wearing the various beads which the beaders have made.

“Shan Naidoo will dress them,” explains Andrew. “She can do it in a blink of an eye after her twenty years are the Playhouse. As the one saunters back, the next will emerge.”

The exhibition will run until August 6. The African Art Centre is situated in Tourist Junction in Pine Street. More information on 031 304 7915.




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