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Fran Labuschagne's Like Children Do Throw from new exhibitor SMTNG GOOD

Back for its ninth edition, the 2018 Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair (SHmC) will take place in Johannesburg from October 12 – 14. The rooftop of Hyde Park Corner will welcome 120 exhibitors, each a master in the art of making.

The theme for this year’s Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair celebrates “a return to making” – the creation of visual beauty and meaning through the passionate artistic manipulation of raw materials. Visitors to SHmC have the opportunity not only to admire the work of these artisans, but to get a better understanding of the stories, methods and motivations behind their practice.

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New exhibitor and fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi Image: Kyle Weeks

Behind this showcase of making and high-end artisanal food, wine and design is the core commitment to what making can provide – jobs and economic growth. As Trurman Zuma, the Chief Executive of Integrated Solutions at Sanlam explains:

“Entrepreneurship is critical to economic growth. The latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitorshows that out of five world regions, Africa feels most positive about entrepreneurship as a good career choice. We need to encourage this positivity by creating the enabling conditions necessary for entrepreneurs to thrive for generations to come. The SHmC is one way to do this.”

As a testament to the growing industry of young artistic entrepreneurship, the fair is adding 43 first-time exhibitors to this year’s lineup including Houtlander, Karu, Manaka Coffee, Jackson’s Real Food Market, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Waya Waya, Khokho and Chocoloza.

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New exhibitor and artisanal home textiles and clothing brand Karu Image: Nadia von Scotti

There will also be five featured designers who will headline the various pavilions – textile designer Sindiso Khumalo (Textile Pavilion), ceramicist Michael Chandler (Homeware Pavilion), lifestyle brand Babylonstoren (Lifestyle Pavilion), contemporary jewellers Tinsel Gallery (Jewellery Pavilion) and wine expert Nkululeko Mkhwanazi curates the participating wineries in the Wine Village, which is to be designed by detail 24’s Manini Rampola.

Another first for this year’s Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, and a nod to the theme, is the inclusion of the Makers Corner – a series of interactive making workshops within Hyde Park Corner.

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New exhibitor and furniture makers Houtlander

For those that want to further immerse themselves in learning more about craft production the Making The Masters panel discussion on October 13 will offer inspiration and insight to aspiring artisans.

To find out more about the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair visit the website here.