Infecting the City 2012
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The Jewel Boxes

In several nooks and crannies of the Cape people are as busy as bees crafting the stuff that we throw away into gorgeous designer products. These crafted delights are snapped up by appreciative shoppers and collectors, locally and around the world.

Inspired by the excellent work of three crafting initiatives from across the Peninsula, Infecting The City invited them to design the facades of the ‘Jewel Boxes’ from recycled material. These are the three glittering stages that move around the City displaying ‘The Jewels’.

Feast your eyes!


The Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group (KEAG) decided to take its litter clean-up project to a another level. It commissioned artist Monique Fagan to assist with producing hand-crafted products from the waste collected from the area’s stunning beaches. Ilithalomsa (isiXhosa for ‘a new dawn’) was born, employing the skills of people living nearby to produce a range of funky products, from placemats to bags and chandeliers.


In line with the theme for this year’s Festival, Alison Coutras believes in seeking out treasures in unlikely places. It is this motivation that inspired her to establish Kunye (isiXhosa for ‘forward together’), harnessing the skills of unemployed women from Cape Town’s townships to design and make beautiful hand-crafted products made of recycled materials. ‘I wanted to work with people and materials that society didn’t think had much to offer,’ she says.


Since 2002 Mielie’s Adri Schütz has grown Mielie from a one-woman operation to a brand that now gainfully employs close to fifty people. Mielie’s best known work are jewel-coloured tapestries, cushion covers and handbags made out of knotted fabric scraps. The Mielie hive of creative industry runs from the quaint Molteno Village in Newlands, but most of the striking work they produce is made in the homes of the project’s crafters.

  1. [...] They were asked to help each of their allotted groups to make a seven-minute performance for a beautifully crafted ‘Jewel Box’ stage.” [...]

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