Amy ayanda
Image: Lauren Brits

We spent some time at the home of multidisciplinary artist Amy Ayanda chatting about music, art and what home means to her.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am from Cape Town, born and bred. I loved music at school as well as art. I hated the pressure of formal music and it made my relationship with it fade… That’s when I moved into my Fine Art career, majoring in painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. I thought I would remain painting and would one day go to complete my Masters in painting… maybe I still will… but I guess I just slowly gravitated back toward music. So now I am balancing the two, or more like going through phases of doing one more than the other. I am still figuring it all out and have a million part time jobs.

You are a woman of many talents, from music to art to fashion, where do you find your inspiration?

I guess I just haven’t stopped playing. In terms of music, my inspiration is from the heart. I sing about what I feel – as clichéd as that sounds. And the painting – I swing between graphic illustration type work and complete nonsensical abstract work, so there I guess impulse inspires me. I’ll just create what I feel I need to at that time. And the fashion, well, I wouldn’t say I am a trend setter by any means but I enjoy classic timeless items.

Amy ayanda
Image: Lauren Brits

Tell us about your home and how you went about decorating?

The house is a combination of things collected since Dean and I started living together. Most of the cane was inherited from my grandmother and my father has a passion for finding a good piece of furniture and repurposing it, so a lot of the pieces belong to him as well. I also have a mild addiction to second hand stores and finding a good deal. I create most of my own work for the walls, but have slowly started collecting local artists too. I picked up ceramics last year and am totally addicted, so there are small pieces by me in and around the home as well. I like the idea of the whole home becoming an artwork eventually.

What’s on your décor wish list?

I really want a macrame curtain for either the kitchen or the porch, so maybe that for now, and more plant hangers, always more plant hangers!

What is the most treasured item in your home?

There are a combination of things, but again, if I had to choose it would have to be the kitchen table. It is where we sit together as a family at the end of each day. I wouldn’t want to lose that.

What does a home mean to you?

A home is a space where you feel safe, where you are given the space and freedom to become who you want to be. Where you are encouraged and nurtured. Where you are heard. It is a place to come back to, when you have finished doing all of your crazy stuff.

What’s an important part of your personal aesthetic?

I love natural objects juxtaposed with man made beauty. You will always find a lot of stones lying around inside my house. Simplistic, natural beauty combined with warm colour blocking.

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Instagram: @amyayanda



To see more South African tastemakers in their homes, see Katherine-May Pichulik, Milisuthando Bongela and Lindy Cohen next.