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ANDILE’S CHANDELIER (article first published : 2006-06-19)

A regular crafter with the Umcebo Trust, Andile Hadebe lives and goes to school in Umlazi. He is excellent at drawing and has tremendous wirework skills, paying great attention to details and being very serious about issues of quality.

Andile is currently working on a twelve level chandelier made from crystals, acrylics and scrap metal. The piece is designed to look like a waterfall cascading from the roof, and demonstrates his skills and abilities.

“This is just the start for Andile,” says Robin Opperman of the Umcebo Trust, “and that is what is so exciting about the work he is doing. Every opportunity he gets, he works on these pieces and he is going to produce a whole collection for us. On completion of his schooling we hope that Andile will come and work for us full-time at the Trust so he can expand his skills and abilities further. In this way he can generate an income for himself and his family, which consists of his mother and two sisters.

“This is what makes the work of the Trust so exciting,” adds Robin, “We get a chance to work with crafters like Andile, and expose their talents.”

The Umcebo Trust operates from a hired studio space above artSPACE Durban off Umgeni Road. More information on 083 793 3408 or e-mail: robin@polka.co.za




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