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Beaded Sculpture and Wood Scrolling
by Richard Tityiwe of Reb African Arts
and Douglas Carelse of D C Scrolls
16 December 2010
At the next Country Craft Market to be held at Southey's Vines in Somerset West on 16 December 2010, the demonstration will be a double billing. Richard Tityiwe of Reb African Arts will be showing how he creates his beaded wire sculptures and Douglas Carelse of D C will be demonstrating his scrolling skills that produce his intricate wooden scroll work.
Zimbabwe-born Richard Tityiwe became a crafter when he turned a hobby into his full time occupation. The variety and quality of his work show that this was a good choice.
Douglas Carelse calls himself an intricate-detail scroller and from his home workshop come a variety of decorative and functional scrollwork items.
Richard was born in Harare Province. He says that in Zimbabwe schools, it is compulsory to do all sorts of craft work in the primary grades. This includes things like painting, paper maché and wire-art. Teachers stress the importance of hand skills.
He elaborates further.
"During that time l was in grade 5, we went for a trip to Victoria Falls - our main tourist destination in Zimbabwe. There l saw that one can actually make living from crafts. During secondary school we focus more on academic subjects and craftwork becomes less and less important. But even so, we still do metalwork and woodwork.
"After matric l went to college to study Health Systems Management. l was working for Ministry of Health as Health Information Officer so I could only do craftwork during weekends, just as hobby. My career in craft started only when l moved here to South Africa in March 2003."
"Initially I left my wife and children at home came to look for work. But jobs were hard to find. Since l had to survive, l used my hand-skills and discovered that crafting was big business here. Since then, I never looked for work again and just pursue my crafting career."
"I started by making key rings and bowls. During that time in 2003, I was selling at the traffic lights .Then later in 2004 l got a place to sell my craftwork in Howard Centre in Pinelands. Later l moved to Riverside Centre in Rondebosch where I am still. At that stage l had to increase my range according to my clients demand and started to make new items like lamp shades, animals, birds and animal heads."
"In 2006 l met a good friend who owned an event company. He introduced me to the corporate world .He networked me to various companies and institutions making corporate gifts, including The City of Cape Town. My product range has grown from strength to strength as new items are added. l now also make life size animals."
About his craft, Douglas has the following advice.
Scrolling is woodwork using a scroll saw to cut out patterns and shapes from wooden sheets or planks. It allows one to create pictures as well as producing specific objects like my extebsive range of cross forms.
"I have been doing scrolling for about ten years, but only in the last four have I started to take it more seriously. It is a hobby I can recommend but advise that should you consider taking up this fine pastime, do get the best scroll saw you can afford as it will ensure that you get the most pleasure from using it."
Also be sure to check that the saw allows you to do the kind of work that you would like to as different scroll saws have quite different features and capabilities.
Of course, the important thing is to have a good scroll saw that will allow you to do the kind of work that interests you.
It is a wonderful hobby and craft that is both relaxing and creative. It allows you to turn bits of scrap wood into useful objects from toys, to attractive pictures, to all kinds of practical household items.
Last Updated 04 November 2017 16:13