POWERTEX AFRICA

 Power Image used to create a weathered look using Power Image by Ami Gaigher

 

 

 

 

This beautiful lamp was crocheted by Jeanette Gibson, a Certified Powertex Trainer, changing the look of  Powertex

Solly only has 5% vision in one eye and blind in the other and loves working with Powertex. Under the guidance of Jeni Farrar, our Certified Powertex Trainer, he made this tree lamp using Powertex and used tea bags for leaves.  His lamp was entered into the Eastern Cape Eskom lighting competition and Solly won the amateur lighting section. WELL DONE SOLLY!

Jenny & Solly flew to Gauteng for the awards ceremony and he came first in the Escom National Amateur Lighting competition and was interviewed by our national television journalists and he also received a cheque. We are extremely proud of Solly and Jenny for her inspiration and for believing in him. Keep up the good work Jen.

 

This beautiful art piece was made by Stefan in Gauteng.

What a materpiece with very good movement.

 

Above:  African Flower Comforter: Granny squares conjure images of grandma’s and warmth. Developed by South African designers the African Flower is a very popular, contemporary, granny square. The Comforter combines the tactile experience of harberdashery rituals, bulbous beauty and endearing details with modern ethnic shadow play (when lit) to reinvent a heirloom with a handmade authentic look.

Materials: Crochet, hand dyed, cotton & hemp twine shaped and hardened with Powertex (an environmentally friendly, non-toxic, highly versatile, water-based weatherproof textile hardener).

 

 

Learn how Jeni achieved this beautiful piece of fabric…..
I used Powertex transparent mixed 1:1 with water. Apply to fabric and paper and leave to dry. Stitch with large needle and thread on machine – freestyle embroidery. The thread makes it stronger and the more you stitch, the softer it becomes – quite crispy to start with and makes quite a noise on the machine. You can use it to cover books, boxes, bottles etc as well being ideal for lamps as the light shines through the holes but that wasn’t planned – I decided to make some for no particular reason until I held it up to the light…..and the rest, as they say is history!!!
Bangles made by Emmaüs in George using scraps of T-shirt fabric and Powertex transparent