It seems a long time ago since we were open by appointment in December. Now our doors are closed and things are eerily quiet in line with government guidance. Firstly, we hope that you, our customers are keeping safe and well and finding positive ways to fill your days. And secondly, we remind you that the majority of our work is available on our website, meaning you can browse and shop from the safety of your home. This is an ideal solution for birthday gifts and anything you may wish to purchase for you, your house or your garden. It goes without saying that artists and makers are more grateful than ever for your support in these difficult times.
I would usually be in sunny Africa at this time of the year, visiting artists and sourcing new work for the coming year. Instead I am at my computer, choosing digitally, which is manageable, but not nearly as much fun! And sadly all my current interaction with Africa reveals that Covid is really taking hold over there now and raging rampant. A number of our artists have it, and we hope and pray they all come through unscathed. In the light of this, it seems appropriate to feature this dignified print by Julia Cairns, simply titled “Sorrow”.
But better days will come and on that brighter note we hope to be open in the spring. To this end, our talented pool of creatives are potting, painting, carving, weaving and beading as we speak, to present you with a whole new range of African inspired colour and ingenuity in 2021.