We’ve blogged about Editions in Craft not too long ago, so I was excited to see a press release in my inbox this morning, announcing the launch of the Story Vases by the Siyazama Project for Editions in Craft at Milan Design Week 2011.

The Story Vase project began with a series of conversations between Anna, Sofia and Charlotte from Swedish design collective, Front, and Beauty, Thokozani, Kishwepi, Tholiwe, Lobolile of the Siyazama Project, a collective of women working with traditional beadcraft. They told about their daily lives, their husbands and children. They shared their hopes and dreams, and talked about love, life and death. Their stories also touch on such serious subjects as the effect of HIV on their society, gender, poverty and unemployment. They talked about their businesses and what beadwork meant to them.

Each of the vases tells a part of these stories, and documents the daily life of women in rural, post apartheid South Africa. Each woman formed their own story into text by threading glass beads on to metal wires. These wires were made into vase-shaped moulds, into which glass was blown.