By Karla Duterloo
Having moved from London to Cape Town, the first changes that caught my eye
immediately was the beautiful landscape but even more so the beautiful wildlife
scattered throughout the landscape all the way through the city, mountains and
oceans. I quickly realised the threat to the South African wildlife, as such as I was
drawn to create art that would create dialogue about this issue.
Not only is the subject matter of my work inspired by the land, the materials I choose
to incorporate into my work are often locally sourced. My work has allowed me to
collaborate with local crafts men. These men share their experiences and stories about
colours and the traditional use of beading within African culture and craft.
The collaboration has allowed for a synergy to from whereby we both challenge each
other and build upon each other’s strength. As such, my work has led me to the road
less travelled. I am continuously inspired by my surroundings; from the landscape,
wildlife and the people that always led me to new designs and applications of