meet the people


meet denise….


The vibrant tension between old and new items alongside each other and the surprise of traditional in a contemporary and unexpected way makes me happy. I delight in filling life with hand crafted creations and objects found in obvious and sometimes obscure places.

I was educated as a Home Economist,  have worked in journalism and interior design and owned an eclectic coffee shop. Since its inception in 2007,  I’ve designed and co-ordinated the making of Freshly Found products, photographed them, sent them around the world, supplied private and corporate customers, and taken them to markets and the Design Indaba.

I am a coffee snob, an ENFP and a fan of my family – I have raised 3 creative children and am a wife to a very interesting husband.  I spend hours refurbishing, re-inventing, recycling and creating.


and the team….


sandile sithole

sandile sithole

sandile…  is a craftsman with a broad smile that lights up his face.  He is an excellent beader with a very high standard of work!    He has honed his skills as a book artist too and and has taught some of his community members the art too

hlengiwe mbambo

hlengiwe mbambo

hle… is a valuable and talented member of the crafting team. She is responsible for putting together many of the Freshly Found products.

christy kiggan

christy kiggan

christy… is a graphic designer and brand strategist. Her design skill and graphic work enrich every aspect of FF! She has a passion working with natural colourings and pioneered all the dyeing of paper for our flower range






Cultivate an ethos of optimism and content.


Encourage and honour hand craft.


Strive to enjoy a healthy artisanal lifestyle.


Celebrate our place in community