Young Artist from Amakhala Craft Centre Showcases Her Work

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23-year-old Sesethu Ntlanjeni is a young and talented artist studying art and graphic design through Intec College. Born and bred in Paterson, Eastern Cape, Sesethu is one of Amakhala Game Reserve’s local artists, creating beautiful arts and crafts for the Amakhala Craft Centre and Fine Art Gallery.

The Amakhala Craft Centre and Fine Art Gallery is a treasure trove for guests visiting Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Located in a spacious and charming rustic building that once served as an old sheep shearing shed, the Amakhala Craft Centre and Fine Art Gallery offers visitors unique, beautifully handcrafted articles that include sewing, embroidery and hand-printed items, ranging from placemats and sneakers to a range of beaded Christmas tree ornaments.                                                           
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Sesethu’s love and passion for rhino conservation and protecting this iconic and highly endangered species is evident in her artwork, such as this lino print sketch of a rhino, available at the Craft Centre. Lino printing is a form of fine art printmaking in which the printing plate is cut into lino, which is then inked, covered with paper and run through a printing press applied by hand to transfer the ink to the paper. Guests and members of the public are welcome to visit the Craft Centre during the week or to purchase the articles by emailing us at foundation@amakhala.co.za.                                                         

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Get to know a little more about Sesethu by watching this short video, showcasing some of the incredible artwork she has created for the Amakhala Craft Centre. She also shares with us her love of art, what it means to her to be an artist, and how the Amakhala Foundation has impacted her life and her community.

The Amakhala Craft Centre contributes to the creation of employment and the generation of income in the local community, by providing community members with opportunities to create income that will not only benefit their families, but their community too.

This income-generating project is the brain-child of Justine and Michael Weeks, local artists who are also co-owners of Amakhala Game Reserve. Justine is a Trustee of the Amakhala Foundation, a non-profit organisation established in 2009 as an umbrella for Amakhala Game Reserve’s community and conservation projects.

Committed to building strong communities, families and individuals in the rural and conservation context in which Amakhala Game Reserve is located, the Foundation is funded by donations and levies from commercial lodges on the property. The Craft Centre and Fine Art Gallery is supported not only by visitors and tourists, but also by the lodges that stock the art and craft items in their souvenir shops.

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