Teboho’s talent flows to the fore

Nelspruit resident Teboho Mathenjwa (31) poured her heart out when she created her entries for the Innibos National Craft Awards.

Her pieces are the result of acrylic resin art pours – which she discovered and fell in love with early last year.

“I had explored different techniques but never found one that truly suited me until then,” she says. “The idea of being able to create sea-like landscapes and marble effects intrigued me. The process is unpredictable because resin has a spontaneous flow but can somehow also be manipulated in the form of splashes and wave-like lines. 

“I have been creating resin decor art since, from seascapes to customised marble-effect clocks and cakes stands. Most of my support has been from family and friends. They have motivated me to continue creating uniquely crafted art.” 

Teboho says her interest in art started when she was six. “Fortunately, my parents have always been supportive of my talent. When I was in primary school, they took me to art classes and enrolled me in an art high school. I later studied textile design and explored many new art design techniques.

“I entered the National Innibos Craft Awards because I believe in sharing the evolution of craft. The message I would love to give people is that craft can be relevant to time and any space.”

Closing date is May 1

The competition is now bigger and better, following the National Department of Arts and Culture’s (DAC) support, which has seen four additional exciting new categories being created.

Run under the auspices of the Innibos National Arts Festival and organised by ArtAid Africa, the competition is open to all crafters in South Africa, across all disciplines.

The overall winner pockets R50 000, the first runner-up R20 000 and the second runner-up R15 000. In addition, the winner of each of the four new categories will win R20 000.

The new categories are Corporate Gifts, Beaded Craft Products, Craft Produced Using Recycled Materials and Souvenirs.

Entering is easy!

Crafters have until midnight on May 1, 2020, to enter. They need simply take a photo of their entry – next to a matchbox for size of scale, and either email it to crafts@innibos.co.za or send it to 071 621 3597 via MMS or WhatsApp. There is no entry fee.

Ts&Cs apply and can be found on the competition’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Innibosnationalcraftawards.

Remember to include your name, the town in which you live and your contact details.

Entrants who have not heard from the organisers within 30 days of the closing date must take it as given that they did not make the shortlist for final judging.

The finalists should be available to attend the exhibition opening and prizegiving on June 21, 2020.

For more information, please WhatsApp Jan Bhuda on 071 621 3597 or email John Anthony Boerma at artaid@lantic.net.

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