Thanks to those of you who sent us such positive feedback on the new Gazette - hope you continue to enjoy it! You will notice that we have added a whole lot of new craft markets all around the country this month; keep watching for more additions in the coming months...
What's on in May & June
Art in the Garden
22, 29 May, 9am-4pm, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort
Arts & Crafts at the Bokkie Park
4 June, 9.30am-3pm, Bokkie Park, Southvale Rd, Parkdene, Boksburg
Field & Study Centre Craft Market
5 June, 9am-3pm, Louise Ave, Parkmore, just off William Nicol
B&B Rooftop Market
Every Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Upper Level, Mall of Rosebank
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, Hillfox Value Centre, Hendrik Potgieter Dr, Weltevreden Park
Countryside Craft Market
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Gardenworld, Beyers Naude Dr, Muldersdrift
Essenwood Craft Market
Every Saturday, 9am-4pm, Essenwood Park, Cnr Essenwood and St Thomas Rd, Berea, Durban
Country Craft Market
28 May, 8am-1pm, Southey's Vines, 186 Main Rd, Somerset West
Franschhoek Craft Market
14 May, 8.30am-2pm, Main Rd, between NG Kerk & Town Hall
Durbanville Craft Market
4 June, 8.30am-2pm, Rust en Vrede, Wellington Rd, Durbanville
Kenridge Craft Market
28 May, 9am-2pm, Door de Kraal Avenue, Kenridge
Kirstenbosch Craft Market
29 May, 9am-3pm, opposite main Kirstenbosch entrance
Rondebosch Craft Market
14 May, 9am-3pm, cnr Campground & Sandown Rd
Noordhoek Farm Village Craft Market
25 May, 4 June, 10am-4pm, cnr Village Lane & Noordhoek Main Rd
Constantia Craft Market
28 May, 5 June, 9am-2.30pm, Alphen Common
Camphill Village Market
5 June, 11am-4pm, Klein Dassenberg Rd, near Atlantis
Hout Bay Craft Market
Every Sunday, 10am-5pm, Hout Bay Village Green, Main Rd
Waterfront Craft Market
Daily, 9.30am-6pm, The Blue Shed, V&A Waterfront
Giving our gifts
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill
As crafters we often tend to be a little territorial, and prefer to hold onto whatever knowledge we've gleaned over the years - after all, we earned it through countless finger-prickings and getting all stuck together with glue time after time. But sometimes it's good to share. And when we do, usually the rewards are way beyond what we would have had if we'd kept it all to ourselves.
When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
- Maya Angelou
I've received a few emails and other bits of information in the last few weeks that have got me thinking about how we can and should be more generous with our gifts.
Firstly, I received some feedback from Angie Wiggett of Shamwari Crafts on their recent wire art and beading workshop. This is some of what Angie had to say:
Our BIGGEST dream is to actively promote skills development and training as part of our empowerment and entrepreneurship programme. We as crafters, and as a company, have recognised the importance of encouraging and training children and adults, particularly those stemming from disadvantaged sectors of communities around South Africa, to learn a skill in one or more of the crafting arenas I have mentioned and to be mentored and trained to realise their talent and turn it into a profitable and sustainable way of life!! Children, particularly, should be introduced to, and encouraged at all ages, and THROUGHOUT their schooling, to learn a crafting skill that could sustain them in the future, and adults regardless of their background or upbringing, are never too old to learn! There is a hidden talent in everyone of us dying to be discovered, all it needs is encouragement, basic knowledge and imagination and passion that can be turned into something beautiful!
That got me thinking about the ways in which crafters can give back to the community. Here are a few ideas:
No-one has ever become poor by giving.
- Anne Frank
Over to you: email us and tell us about projects you have been involved in or ideas you've had but have never been able to launch for whatever reason. Have you read about an interesting concept, perhaps overseas? Something we could learn from? Let us know and perhaps together we can make it happen!
...and all things nice
Tips for crafters
That's all for this edition. Don't forget to send the Gazette on to a few more crafters this month, and take good care of your mothers - they give of themselves so gladly and are so very precious.
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