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Jewellery, Bags and Accessories at Spier Craft Market
By: Sue Heathcock   (2017-02-03)

Jewellery cluster at Spier Craft Market
Our jewellery cluster at Spier Craft market has a vibrant local flavour, with a wonderful variety of unique products, plus hand-crafted leather bags, intricate dreamcatchers and decorative hanging pieces. Each item here is made by hand and is as individual as the artist who made it.

Modice Creation
Lebogang of Modice Creations uses offcuts of gorgeous African fabrics for her range of jewellery, waist ties, head wraps and more. “I’m a fashion designer and was making clothing, not accessories, until my clients would ask me what kind of accessories can I wear with this? So I started making them special accessories from the offcuts, which I was throwing away before. Now I’m still playing around with new ideas. I’ll make a dress for a lady and do a tie or pocket square with the offcuts of the dress for her partner, so he has some African inspiration and matches her outfit. And I’m making baby shoes from soft, warm fabrics too.”

Anje Zeeman has her own business designing leather handbags which she sells all around the Western Cape. She’s working on new designs combining textile and leather and her range includes backpacks and handbags as well as purses and wallets.
Colleen Sennet is a consultant to the fashion industry and has started selling her own products at Spier craft market. She makes colourful fringed suede bags and uses traditional Shweshwe fabric in a variety of colours to make everything from small bags, to scarves and keyrings. Her sunhats have been a big seller this season.
Heidi from Feather Love, creates a lovely range of feather earrings and hair decorations, small leather handbags and alice bands of artificial flowers. Her beautifully made intricate dreamcatchers have a very special and authentic feel and have been selling very well this season.
Mpho Mopai is a young entrepreneur who designs and produces T-shirts with a twist, that reflect Cape Town and the African continent, as well as newly trendy areas of the city, such as Gugulethu, where he also sells his products at the well known Mzoli’s Eatery.

Buttons for Hope
Buttons for Hope makes jewellery and decorative button hearts to raise funds for their NPO skills training programme Inkwenkwezi Projects (which means Bright star).

“We go to various social organisations such as women’s shelters,”explains founder Jonathan van der Westhuizen, “and offer a series of workshops where the participants can learn how to make items from start to finish, so after 10 classes if someone wants to start an enterprise of their own they know how to make 10 things. The majority of the materials we use are recycled or upcycled, so they can start small, with very low costs for materials. Designs are inspired by the materials available, as we get something donated, we say what can we make with this. We also make jewellery with Scooby telephone wire and some crocheted items.”

At Spier, Buttons for Hope sell variations of rope necklaces, bracelets and rings with a strong African feel and the hanging button hearts.

Come and see the latest ranges of these artists’ beautiful hand-made jewellery and accessories at Spier Craft Market, open daily from 10am-5.30pm until the end of April.