Woven together

We’re excited to partner with Decorex Africa to bring you the 100% Weave showcase, celebrating this special form of craft and spotlighting the artisans at the forefront of woven innovation.
Take a look some of our inspiration…

Words by Grace Crooks  Curated by LOOKBOOK Studio

A sign of the future…

‘It’s time to imagine and implement new myths and visions for the next millennia of humanity’, says Earth Force Climate Command (above). Along with its slogan, ‘Earth is Sexier than Mars’, this group of artists, activists, design thinkers
and organisations are working to prototype and implement visions and solutions for the future. For photographer, Joseph Chege, and ‘Flight Director’, Ajax Axe, their involvement in the Lamu Space Station in Kenya was one that imagines a parallel world, where cosmonauts have escaped a climate collapse – landing in Lamu, they use found objects as a symbolic reminder of how important it is to protect the environment. @earthforceclimatecommand

A sense of community…

Basketclub is just one example of an international community
of craft-orientated designers, established on Instagram during lockdown. Each month, members are prompted with an emoji to weave a unique 3D basket. Inspired by the plug emoji, product designer, Anne Bertoncini, weaved this basket using electric cables. @_basketclub_

A sense of community…

Basketclub is just one example of an international community
of craft-orientated designers, established on Instagram during lockdown. Each month, members are prompted with an emoji to weave a unique 3D basket. Inspired by the plug emoji, product designer, Anne Bertoncini, weaved this basket using electric cables. @_basketclub_

A ode to heritage…

Weaving together unique and exciting pieces,
Ghanaian Baba Tree Basket Company, located in Bolgatanga, has been honouring basket making, and the Gurunsi community, for more than 15 years, and in 2021 were recognised at Dutch Design Week. @babatreebaskets

An ode to heritage…

Weaving together unique and exciting pieces,
Ghanaian Baba Tree Basket Company, located in Bolgatanga, has been honouring basket making, and the Gurunsi community, for more than 15 years, and in 2021 were recognised at Dutch Design Week. @babatreebaskets

A story to share…

French-Ghanaian designer, storyteller and writer, Wendy Owusu, explores concepts of ethnicity, identity, heritage, gender roles and beauty standards through African hairstyles. ‘Hidden Heritages’,
a film styled as a YouTube tutorial, aims to celebrate and amplify the untold stories behind these styles. @wendyowusu_

A story to share…

French-Ghanaian designer, storyteller and writer, Wendy Owusu, explores concepts of ethnicity, identity, heritage, gender roles and beauty standards through African hairstyles. ‘Hidden Heritages’ (below), a film styled as a YouTube tutorial, aims to celebrate and amplify the untold stories behind these styles. @wendyowusu_

A new feat…

South African ceramicist, Jan Ernst, has partnered with Galerie Philia in New York to create this ‘Coffee Table’, which incorporates weaving elements into his ceramic style, and will be shown among similar artworks. Galerie Philia now represents his work exclusively in the United States. @jan_ernst_ @galerie.philia

A new feat…

South African ceramicist, Jan Ernst, has partnered with Galerie Philia in New York to create this ‘Coffee Table’, which incorporates weaving elements into his ceramic style, and will be shown among similar artworks. Galerie Philia now represents his work exclusively in the United States. @jan_ernst_ @galerie.philia

A woven art form…

Gabrielle Kruger (left), Tarien Bruwer (middle), and Amy Rusch (right) each explore weaving as art,
experimenting with material and threading. @gabriellekruger @tarien.bruwer @amy.rusch

Visit Decorex Africa at CTICC from 16 to 19 June 2022
or Decorex Africa and 100% Design South Africa at Sandton Convention Centre from 28 to 31 July 2022.