I’m a keen supporter of our local design scene. Browse the hubs in Woodstock, stroll down Bree Street, take a trip up Kloof, and you’ll find some gems created by South African talent. I particularly love browsing markets and exhibitions that bring these creatives together, offering some seriously cool, unique finds. So I am always first in line for Kamers, one of the largest gatherings of local makers.
2017 will be the 15th year that Kamers/Makers is promoting creative South African entrepreneurship through their markets. They have decided that this year’s theme will be the Year of Making Good, which is fitting since their showcase is all about top artisan wares and creating a space where new creatives can build a customer base and develop networks with like-minded souls.
They will once again return to the Castle of Good Hope venue, taking over the historic building from 24 to 28 May with products from over 100 makers. A third of these are new faces, a group of fresh talents and young entrepreneurs who the Kamers team has mentored to make the most of their spot at the Cape Town show.
2017 also saw Kamers launching Mzanzi Makers, an NPO that was started to identify creative entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering them an intensive mentoring an up-skilling programme that will eventually lead them into a space at the Kamers/Makers showcase. This means fresh talent with fresh stories! Love!
Personally I can’t wait to see what they have put together for us this year!