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FNB CRAFT NOW WINNERS (article first published : 2006-07-29)

The winners of the FNB Craft Now 2006 awards were announced at the 6th FNB Craft Now National Exhibition which runs at the KZNSA Gallery until August 13.

First National Bank and the Craft Council of South Africa are once again the proud co-presenters of this prestigious bi-annual event and the exhibition this year shows just how far craftspeople have developed in the past years.

The first prize of R15,000 went to Angeline Bonisiwe Masuko for two hand-woven baskets she created with natural dye made from Ilala Palm. Angeline’s mother made sleeping mats and her aunt Khawulina Gwcensa taught her to make baskets and in 1984, she started to create her own designs.

The second prize of R10,000 went to Yda Walt for her lino screen printed images on felt done with hand-stitching called “Downtown”. Yda is an artist living and working in Johannesburg where she also designs her own small range of textiles and art works.

The third prize of R6000 went to Karen Suskin for “Lobolo Mantle” a hand-made cloak made of industrial felt, cow hair, porcelain and wooden beads. Karen studied Fine Art and over the years has been involved in various design disciplines, interior furniture, fashion and graphic design.

A New Signature Award was presented to Nelisiwe Nxumalo for a red embroidered umbrella which is covered with joyful animals and insects. The beautiful colourful eye on every second panel catches the eye and is alive with movement like a spinning wheel. Nelisiwe is 27 years old and lives in the Hlabisa District with her three children.

This year there is an exciting addition to the FNB Craft Now Exhibition. The sponsors, FNB will include an auction after the exhibition and they have selected 20 of the best pieces (including the work of the prize winners) to be sent to Johannesburg for auction. A Merit Award Certificate will be given to craftspeople whose work is selected for the auction.

The FNB Craft Now Exhibition runs until August 13 at the KZNSA Gallery.




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