Expect the unexpected – pieces with attitude where old meets new, and contemporary design meets ancient tradition
Started by Eugenie Drakes in 2000, Piece showcases a variety of South Africa’s exquisitely crafted handmade items. Much of the range is highly individual, bold and quirky (expect the unexpected) but all demonstrate a fine sense of design – where the contemporary meets the traditional. Eugenie has worked with urban and rural community groups throughout Southern Africa on product development, business training and mentoring, with the emphasis on sustainability. Her clientele attests to the success and exclusivity of the Piece project. They include many of the local and international rich and famous such Elton John, Michele Obama, Bill Clinton, Lira, Graca Machel, amongst others.
And Eugenie has a long history in the craft industry in South Africa. Most recently she was a resource person at the Africa-India Summit in Ethiopia in 2011, and participated in a craft exchange programme in New Delhi at the beginning of 2012. She is on the Board of the Siyazisiza Trust and the Southern Guild Design Foundation. In addition to being selected to participate in the Goldman Sachs-GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) 10 000 Women Certificate Programme for Women Entrepreneurs, she is an enterprise mentor at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, and has been invited as a mentor on the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme. So this woman knows her oats … to mix metaphors horribly! For more see http://www.citypress.co.za/business/winning-women-eugenie-drakes-crafting-many-livelihood/
So treat yourself to a visit to Piece which can be found at Shop 5 The Firs Cradock Avenue Rosebank (next to the entrance to the Hyatt Hotel). It is one of Joburg’s ‘must do’s’.