Sunday Times

MICHAEL CHAN­DLER

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ARTIST

I am an artist, prod­uct and space de­signer as well as cu­ra­tor of a small gallery and shop in Cape Town.

When I need to get away from my crazy, manic life, you can find me on a Sun­day morn­ing, lis­ten­ing to opera on my iPhone, beach­comb­ing along Cape Town’s beau­ti­ful shores. I love seashells, so when the chance pre­sented it­self to de­sign ear­rings for Tinsel, in a fan-like de­sign, it seemed ob­vi­ous to chan­nel my love for scal­lops. A lit­tle pearl on the lower half adds a touch of glam­our and ro­mance.

To me some­thing is sa­cred if hands have been in­volved in its man­u­fac­ture. Ev­ery hu­man is unique; the re­sult of long and com­plex his­to­ries which ul­ti­mately in­form the de­ci­sions that a craftsper­son makes when craft­ing some­thing by hand. This is in­cred­i­ble and should be cel­e­brated over mech­a­nised pro­duc­tion meth­ods.

I was lucky enough to be ap­proached by the team at San­lam af­ter work­ing on a project called “Again & Again”, where I hand drew a 600cm-long il­lus­tra­tion. I think this proved my love for hand-made pieces and was my ticket into the show.

I be­lieve pas­sion­ately in hand­made work and craft and so to have this plat­form, where I can share my de­signs with oth­ers, is a huge deal. The ex­po­sure can only be a pos­i­tive thing for ev­ery­one. I’m look­ing for­ward to the fair be­cause ev­ery year a new wave of tal­ent emerges which I find ex­cit­ing and in­vig­o­rat­ing. I’m ex­cited to see the new lit­tle fish swim­ming in the big pond.

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