Ardmore Ceramic Art’s ‘The Great Zambezi’ exhibition will take place at The Cellars–Hohenort in Constantia, Cape Town from February 17 to February 19 and is inspired by the Zambezi River’s abundant wildlife and flocks of brightly coloured birds.
The Cellars Hotel will also host the first view of a new range of wallpaper from the British-based company, Cole & Son, who have collaborated with Ardmore to create the colourful range.
In addition, Ardmore’s new Zambezi Fabric Collection will be available for viewing. Based in the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal Ardmore Ceramic Art is one of South Africa’s greatest creative success stories. The work of the studio’s artists has been sold at Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s in London and to collectors in New York, Los Angeles and Paris and their designs were recently featured on Hermes scarves to critical acclaim.
Colourful, sophisticated, sensual and deeply rooted in Africa, the collection offers five stunning designs to choose from:
• Amasumpa, inspired by the small nodules on Zulu traditional pots, this range also features leopard print a favourite of Zulu royalty, who choose this big cat’s pelt to showcase their authority.
• Monkey Bean, inspired by Africa’s beautiful coral trees, also known as Lucky Bean trees, which provide food and shelter for monkeys as well as a variety of birds, animals and insects. Lucky Bean trees are also buried on the graves of Zulu chiefs and are associated with magic in Zulu culture.
• Bush Bandits, a design which uses Leopards and Black Backed back-to-back, a Jabu Nene flower in the middle to link the repeat and an organically imperial ribbon as a stripe.
• River Chase, which combines crocodiles and Strelitzia, or Bird of Paradise, vines and banana palms. This fabric is a wonderful celebration of these ancient reptiles and the beautiful flora of the Zambezi basin.
• Feather – The final design has been taken from the natural geometric patterns that occur on the wings of African birds. Evolved from the scales of reptiles, feathers set birds apart from all other animals and are necessary for flight, insulation and courtship displays.
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Dates: 17-19 February 2017
Venue: The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
Entrance cost: Free
For more information contact The Cellars-Hohenort on 021 794 2137 or visit www.ardmoreceramics.co.za
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