FOUNDER: KELLIE SHEAR WOOD

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HER STORY:

Aus­tralian-born Kellie Shear­wood de­vel­oped her pas­sion for trav­el­ling and learn­ing about the dif­fer­ent cul­tures through fam­ily trips within Aus­tralia and over­seas. She first dis­cov­ered the won­ders of Africa early in her travel ca­reer, when she took time off to spend six months trav­el­ling from Nige­ria to Zim­babwe. Her final travel job was as a Prod­uct Man­ager for a lux­ury tour op­er­a­tor, Aber­crom­bie & Kent. She de­scribes it as the high­light of her ca­reer. “I ex­pe­ri­enced stays at some of Africa’s most in­cred­i­ble sa­fari lodges,” says Kellie, who de­vel­oped a strong ap­pre­ci­a­tion for African in­te­rior de­sign, art, and crafts af­ter. Af­ter 16 years in the travel in­dus­try, Kellie even­tu­ally es­tab­lished her busi­ness, Sa­fari Fu­sion in 2009. She has since been work­ing full-time to bring con­tem­po­rary and colour­ful African crafts to both fel­low Aus­tralians and to the world. “Af­ter all these years, I am still amazed and ex­cited when I un­pack a box of new crafts for the very first time,” says Kellie, who also adds, “Craft is a way of life for many Africans. It en­ables them to earn a living and sup­port their fam­ily.”

TOP LEFT Totem Bas­ket and Bamileke Feather Head­dresses. TOP RIGHT Tikar Ban­gle. BE­LOW Mog­wane Walk­ing Stick

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