Hey guys, it’s the weekend (dance party!) and if you’re looking for something interesting to do this weekend (17th-19th) I got you covered…
FLOCKS of brightly coloured birds and an abundance of wildlife – which includes hippos, elephants, black rhinos, wild dogs, cheetah and lions – can be found around the Zambezi River.
And it’s this diversity of fauna and flora which has inspired Ardmore Ceramic Art’s ‘The Great Zambezi’ exhibition, which will be staged at The Cellars – Hohenort in Cape Town from February 17 to February 19.
Running through parts of Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – birthplace of Ardmore founder, Fée Halsted – the river and its fauna and flora have been imaginatively realised in ceramics featuring hippos ridden by local people, elephants and crocodiles which evoke memories of the stories of Rudyard Kipling and Rider Haggard, troops of vervet monkeys chattering in the forest canopy and Flame Lilies and Scadoxis flowers interacting with colourful Narina Trogans and Angolan Pita birds.
Colourful, sophisticated, sensual and deeply rooted in Africa, the collection offers five stunning designs to choose from:
- Amasumpa, inspired by the small nodules on Zulu traditional pots, this range also features leopard print a favourite of Zulu royalty, who choose this big cat’s pelt to showcase their authority.
- Monkey Bean, inspired by Africa’s beautiful coral trees, also known as Lucky Bean trees, which provide food and shelter for monkeys as well as a variety of birds, animals and insects. Lucky Bean trees are also buried on the graves of Zulu chiefs and are associated with magic in Zulu culture.
- Bush Bandits, a design which uses Leopards and Black Backed back-to-back, a Jabu Nene flower in the middle to link the repeat and an organically imperial ribbon as a stripe.
- River Chase, which combines crocodiles and Strelitzia, or Bird of Paradise, vines and banana palms. This fabric is a wonderful celebration of these ancient reptiles and the beautiful flora of the Zambezi basin.
- Feather – The final design has been taken from the natural geometric patterns that occur on the wings of African birds. Evolved from the scales of reptiles, feathers set birds apart from all other animals and are necessary for flight, insulation and courtship displays.
“2016 was a hectic but exciting year for me and my family,” says Ardmore founder, Fée Halsted. “It has been filled with highs and lows. In January the French luxury brand, Hermes launched my daughter Catherine’s designs, ‘Le Marche de Zambeze’ and ‘Savanna Dance’ on silk scarves.
“The world responded with excitement and enthusiasm, so we set about creating a new fabric range ‘The Zambezi’. Having never worked at creating fabric alone, it has been a challenging experience with lots of frustration but, more importantly, it has been so much fun.”
The Cellars will also host the first view of a new range of wallpaper from the British-based company, Cole & Son. The company has collaborated with Ardmore to create the colourful range.
From what I can tell is that this promises to be an amazing exhibition. It is definitely a must to go and see and experience for yourself especially if you’re interested in adding something different to your interior design. The elephants and general nature “vibe” they got going on make me squeal with delight and I am sure that as and when I have my own house one day I won’t be able to resist.
For more information visit www.ardmoreceramics.co.za or contact Clint Pavkovich via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.