to Freedom wins a prestigious award
The sewing outreach
project entitled Journey to Freedom, received the prestigious Gold
Award for 2004 FNB Craft Now exhibition. Professor Mandla Makhanya
headed the project in collaboration with academics, outreach-sewing
projects Intuthuko and Boitumelo, visual Artists and the Melodia
and Wendy Ross from Visual Arts coordinated the multimedia project,
which had embroidery and digital components. The components exhibited
included two large embroidered panels and a projection of the digital
animations with a sound track. The sound track used was a live recording
of the Choir earlier this year during the combination of UNISA-Mississippi
formed part of the celebration of 10 years of democracy. While revisiting
the past experiences of ordinary people during apartheid in its
imagery and narratives, it also focused on reconciliation and celebration.
can be seen at the Bus Factory at the Newtown Precinct, corner of
President and Goch Street, Johannesburg and will be on show until
30 October. For further information please contact the Craft Council
of South Africa at 011 8349569 or 011 4923696.
Zanele Mabuza, Celia de Villiers
and Rosinah Teffo from Intuthuku at UNISA
Emmah Mphalhala, Erica Luttich and
Mary Mawela from Boitumelo holding the Gold Award Certificate
Wendy Ross and Gwen Miller collating the work
(back left to right: George King, Gwen Miller,
Greg Miller, Sonja Barac, Sarah Fraser and Kai Lossgott.
Front standing left to right: Emmah Mphalhala,
Mary Mawela and Celia de Villiers.
Front sitting: Erica Luttich and Katty Vandenberghe.)
Embroidered panel A:
The Journey to Freedom