The Aquasac design is based on traditional ergonomic African waterskins, it is easy to carry and refill.
It takes its name from Mawu, the African goddess of creation also known as Mother Earth. It is designed to be long-lasting, practical and beautiful by Carin Dean-Wales. Cape Town based, Carin was one of Culture Connect SA’s first supporters and continues to advise me. She is an entrepreneur, brand consultant and yoga teacher (the Joy Institute founder) .
The inner sack is BPA-free durable plastic that is washable. The outer bag is made from neoprene that helps stop the liquid getting too hot or cold. It is soft, long lasting and flexible. Being black it doesn’t show the dirt easily. The plastic top is a standard shape, so if you lose it you can use one from a Coke, ginger beer bottle etc. I sometimes match the top with what I’m wearing (and by happy co-incidence the art – see picture below).
I use mine for most tours; sometimes Culture Connector joke I’m drinking gin – my petrol!
R150 each – only available in the design shown.
One of South Africa’s leading art blacksmiths, Conrad Hicks’ new range of his hand forged frying pans and roasting pans are beautiful to use as they are to have and see. They are a superb investment – lasting years, unlike the usual ones you buy in shops.
The frying pans, starting at R1 000 are non stick – thanks to the use of beeswax which needs re-applying every six months if you use it daily (which we do in our household, to fry eggs!).
Some of you will have visited Conrad in his amazing and large workshop – in the Bijou, a former Art Deco cinema, in Cape Town’s Observatory. It is has been part of Culture Connect’s public and private tours. His ironwork can be seen at the Jewish Cemetery in Pinelands (gate), Ellerman House in Bantry Bay (exterior spiral stair case) and the Guild top end design shop in the Silo District, near Zeitz MOCAA.
To buy visit his special website – Toolroom online and please let me know (or put Culture Connect in the address boxes) – it will go towards me getting one of his superb pans.
He ships internationally.
City Bowl based videographer and printmaker Tamara MacLachlan, is from the UK and studied and later lectured in TV production at Goldsmiths, London. Tamara’s hand printed linocuts are local wildife – birds (Willy Wagtail, Cape Robin and Swift), or analogue audio equipment (Tape Recorder and Cassette). A4 signed numbered edition prints, 200gsm paper and unframed, R350 each; three prints for R1 000. Tamara can arrange framing.
Tamara has made eight greetings machine printed cards from the original linocut design; R250 for a pack with envelopes.
Collect from her in Gardens, or Culture Connect in Rosebank.
A best seller! Made by skilled seamstress in an upper Woodstock small textile business, the masks are stylish with three layers – two cotton, with a middle of micro filter fabric. The elastic for around the ears is soft and easily adjustable. They wash well. Each one is sold in its own sealed, plastic bag.
Currently available Liberty print – Alice in Wonderland – R75 each (other Liberty prints can be ordered, like the blossom image, above). Ideal for summer as the cotton is fine and thin.
Plain blue or black to order, ditto Shweshwe style fabric – R65 each, minimum order five.
Children’s sizes available and elastic around the head.
Collect from Culture Connect in Rosebank, or Kate can deliver close-by and in town; perhaps pick up at a Culture Connect experience?
Thoroughly thought through, this beautifully minimalist premium shield is quick to put on, take off and adjust. Made from ultra high impact 1mm Plexiglas, it doesn’t easily break yet can tilt easily for drinking or talking on the phone. Architectural model makers, Boyd & Ogier made 2 500 free shields for Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross Hospital and Khayelitsha Hospital at the start of lock down. They are only selling to the public via Culture Connect. We’ll be wearing them for tours, including Side Street studios, in Woodstock, where they are based (in Faith 47‘s former space, no less). Adult shields: R180 each, 232mm height. Kids: R160 each (nine years and down), 196mm. Buy four or more, R20 off. Orders over 10: reduced price. Branding possible. Costs include VAT, collection from Culture Connect in Rosebank or delivery close by. (Thank you Wassefa Khan for making and modelling; the kids are my son with his mates!)
Very special, one-off pen and ink drawing on Cartridge paper by globally acclaimed artist, Jacques Coetzer (he has a Wikipage no less). Palm Trees & Sea, A3, sold for R3 420, unframed and excluding delivery/shipping.
Culture Connect exclusive. (We recently sold Jacques’ drawing below, R2 800 A4.)