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BEADED ALOE PROJECT (article first published : 2006-05-16)

The Umcebo Trust and inclusive art and craft workshop environment and Obbligato, a company making high end designer planters, have launched a beaded aloe project.

Angela Bax from Obbligato approached the Trust with the idea to make designer-beaded aloes to grace their range of planters which would be sold both here and abroad. Angela has worked together with Robin Opperman, Director of the Trust, in order to iron out kinks and come up with a range of high end designer aloes.

The idea is that clients of Obbligato can purchase planters and unique beaded plants which can displayed together. They are low maintenance, unique and speak of something uniquely African. Crafters of the trust are challenged to make work which promotes and challenges and develops their skills. Crafters not only enjoy the work but they earn good money and are able to showcase their work both here and abroad.

“There are all sorts of exciting plans for expanding and developing the project and range,” explains Robin Opperman. “This is just the beginning, and all parties involved are very excited about the success of the project and the interest in the work produced.”

More information from Robin Opperman on fax 031 305 3408 or 083 793 3408 or e-mail: robino@polka.co.za or visit http://home.telkomsa.net/tabby




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