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Christmas Puzzle Wreaths from Recycled Papers

This set of Christmas Puzzle Wreaths were a delight to create from recycled materials.  Can you tell just what I used?  The puzzle pieces used for the round wreathes are obvious.  The book paper, used for the bow decor, was washed in paint - to mask the print and add...

Puzzle Craft Pots for Woza Moya Exhibition

We're passionate about creating beautiful items from recyled papers.  Consequently, puzzle pieces, sourced from local charity stores, fall into that 'paper' category.  As a result, it was so satisfying to fashion Freshly Found Puzzle Craft Pots How did we make...

Folded Book Buck – Springbok Trophy

Recently we completed a commission to create a Folded Book Buck Trophy!   You may have seen that years ago I had made a quick prototype.  Consequently I found the prospect of fine-tuning the design quite exciting.  We created a fair size herd.!  As a result a Freshly...

Handcraft An Authentic String Mop

We decided we needed a larger, stronger mop at home. We were not able to find one that was substantial enough to clean our home filled with tiles. A strong wooden handle was also a better option than the thin plastic and metal option that store-bought mops...

Bright Feather Jackets Take Flight

Creating a trio of Feather Jackets.  That was a creative challenge I could not refuse! I belong to Cityhill Church in Hillcrest, and every year we host a large Women's Conference called Flourish.  The theme for this year's conference on the 7th and 8th September is...

Decorative Geometric Shapes

We were recently commissioned to create a set of these geometric shape pieces as table decor for an event company.  We enjoyed making them, and now, as a result are delighted to add these polyhedron objects to our portfolio. Before I packed them into a box, I quickly...

Paper Strelitzia Project with Artist Lesley Magwood Fraser

It's been a delight to work collaboratively with my friend and local Durban Artist - Lesley Magwood Fraser.  Lesley delivered a pile of paintings and drawings to me, and I have cut them up into Paper Strelitzia Blooms, adding some recycled book paper...

Puzzle Pot – Perfect for Dry Arrangements

This textured grey puzzle pot with turquoise rings formed part of the Intellectual Property Exhibition at Alliance Francais in Durban earlier this year.  It was the first larger piece that I made from Puzzle pieces.  I had made some smaller simpler pieces for The...

Springbok Silhouette Mobile – Hand-cut Map Paper

I've been wanting to work with silhouettes of South African animals and this chandelier-mobile gave me the chance.  It is entitled Sit-Spring-Stand and is one of a trio that I am exhibiting at The Intellectual Property 2017 Exhibition at The Plant in...

A Light Fitting From Suspended Fondue Forks

I am always on the lookout for interesting material that is no longer needed.  I've wanted to do something with fondue forks for a long time. Ever since I started noticing bulging mounds of them for sale at our local SPCA charity store. I experimented with...

Puzzle Piece ‘Pottery’ Light Pendants

I grew up in a home with my mom being passionate about puzzles. I have memories of her dining room table being filled bit-by-bit with the evolving image of a landscape, country-side scene or a map. They've kept her company, even now in the late years of her life. I've...

The Wood Work Collection

The Wood Work Story I am a collector of goodies. I am energised by the vibrant rhythm of similar items grouped together. Lately i have been drawn to wooden items - in particular wood that 'works' for us. (wood work) I have picked up many homeless wooden kitchen...

Dip Dyed Serviettes – A Quick Dinner Decor Project

This is a fun and super quick way to give a dinner party a vibrant hand-crafted touch.  Quickly dip-dye paper serviettes (or napkins) in diluted food colouring, allow to dry and use! (Pictoral and video Instructions for making the dip dyed serviettes below) Dip dyed...

Paper Apples – handcrafted from books

We are keen to explore new directions in our paper work for clients, and were delighted to make up some paper apple prototypes from recycled books.  The apple shape, is a bit like the heart shape - familiar, simple and pleasing with soft curves. We were very happy...

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes from Painted Book Print

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes The Strelitzia is a vibrant indigenous South African flower - also known as The Bird of Paradise Flower or the Crane Flower.  It's name suits it's bright and angular appearance! It was lovely to make a set of buttonholes for a wedding with...

Rose Bouquets – Paper Blooms for a Very Special Occasion

We have been commissioned to create a number of paper rose bouquets for an upcoming wedding. It has been such a delightful process for a  few reasons - Roses are beautiful blooms to create Adding some red paper to the book print paper has created a fresh vibrant feel...

Book Art Poster for Literature Conference

Delighted to have our Freshly Found Folded Book Photo used for a Book Art Poster  for the Literature and Media Theory Conference ☺ The rhythmic folds and geometric positions of the books were worth capturing when I was busy on a book folding project.  So pleased they...

Umcebo – Intellectual Property Exhibition

Thanks so much to Vivian Attwood and The Sunday Tribune for the great article on the upcoming Intellectual Property 2015 Exhibition in Durban.  Freshly Found is delighted to be taking part in this event at the KZNSA Art Gallery in July.    The well-known Durban...

Fabric Jewellery Pieces – Batch Satisfaction

There's something immensely satisfying for a handcrafter - to see a huge batch of their handwork all together.  This is the feeling I had yesterday just before taking another load of fabric jewellery - vintage brooches to the KZNSA art gallery Buzzart Christmas...

Textile Jewellery Pendants

A new range of textile jewelry pendants have been in the making -  Rescued pieces of  vintage embroidery have been mounted as pendants and framed and hung with a delicate cord of twisted cotton  I love the fact that beautiful handwork on stained or forgotten linen...