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Lastly, whether large, loose portraits are a trend in South Africa…I can’t be sure, but I was just lucky to find several… and they knocked my socks off!

These first two paintings by Lionel Smit grace the walls of a wonderful winery and lodge in the Stellenbosch region called the Delaire Graff Estate and Gardens.

Click here to see more of Lionel Smit’s artwork

These exciting graffiti- inspired portraits, below, are by artist Kilmany-Jo Liversage. I found them in the Worldart Cape Town gallery. The calligraphic and colorful brushstrokes exude such energy!

Click here to see more of Kilmany-Jo Liversage’s artwork

I hope that you agree that there is much joy to be found in the art from South Africa!

Pow! Everywhere I looked pottery and textiles popped with bold color and geometric pattern! It was eye candy for a color aficionado like me. My favorites were pieces from The Potter’s Workshop. I stocked up on as many of these colorful and functional gifts that I could fit into my already bulging luggage!

Click here to visit The Potter’s Workshop

While perusing a local magazine, I discovered a group of textile designers living and creating in South Africa called the Threadcount Collective. The five women work independently and have vastly different looks. Their collective gives them a way to market with more impact. I contacted one of the designers while in Cape Town and she pointed me to a local store that sells her work. It was impressive!

Here is a small sampling from the Collective.

Click here to “meet the designers” and see more.

Check back on Friday for part 3 of Joy Through Art in South Africa…

You may have viewed the slideshow of my recent trip to South Africa that I posted on my blog. It has been a month since I’ve returned, and now I’d like to take the opportunity to share with you some of my reflections from this amazing trip.

I plan to write and post some thoughts over the next three weeks. This series will reflect my brand promise – to Scatter Joy: joy through art, joy through living, and joy through giving.

Please enjoy…

No matter where I travel, I am always on the lookout for local art and inspiration. Believe me, South Africa did not disappoint!

Prevalent among the many colorful handmade treasures I found was a wide assortment of beautiful beaded crafts! There were functional beaded items, including beautiful chairs, belts, mugs… and animal sculptures galore! (More on them in a later post!)

Woven baskets made of colored telephone wire were another fun find! These intricate baskets are created by the Zulu people, the largest ethnic group in South Africa. The finished product appears to be fashioned from natural materials, but the telephone wire that comes in every color provides a wide palette for the creations!

Singita, an impressive group of safari lodges in different locations, uses charger plates and accessories to decorate the lodges. Each lodge has a different color scheme and pattern, helping to create a distinctive personality for each location.

Check back on Wednesday for more Joy Through Art in South Africa.

“You don’t need to wait for happiness to find you…

plant some seeds and grow your own.”


“Wishing you days of endless wonder,

inspiring dreams and new adventures,

and quiet moments for reflection.”