We were invited to take part in EiC’s kick-off project, in collaboration with the Siyazama Project a bead craft collective of women from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa , initiated by professor Kate Wells. Commonly the Siyazama ladies create traditional dolls representing animal and human figures.
In designing a new platform, the goal was to only implement locally found materials in order to keep the process possible and accessible.
Coiled consists of a series of interior accessories that finds inspiration in traditional ceramic vessels – earth wares constructed by hand coils of clay. The intricate beadwork of the Siyazama women, in both pattern possibilities and color, is reminiscent of the inherently scaled skin of a serpent.
Each piece is made by encircling the serpentine beaded coils, like the natural movements of a boa constrictor, into the resulting form of a unique interior accessory. The Siyazama women use their own artistic vision to determine the patterns and colors for the ’skin’ of each piece.
With special thanks to:
Kate, Bob, Jean and the Siyazama ladies