Painting the way to a new life
“You almost feel like a vegetable, you know. You’re like in the way of everybody, banging into things… Also because everything must be done for you now. You must be washed. You must be dressed, your teeth must be brushed… All the little stuff."
I live in a forest.
“At the end of the day, what pulled me into naturopathy was that the man that I was completely in love with was hit by a bus in Johannesburg and he went into a coma. Modern medicine told me he would be a vegetable. ”
Dealing with dialysis.
“Some days I’ve got good days, some days I haven’t. It all depends on how you feel after dialysis, but you get used to it. I get there at 4.30, I’m on the machine at 5.00, then I get off at 9.00, have a bath and come to work. It’s like going to the gym for two hours."
It's a dialogue between me and the canvas.
“I’m giving birth to that painting. I have this white canvas in front of me that’s scary, and I have to dig into myself to find out what it is that I’m going to express and why. And that’s what I start to do - it doesn’t always turn out like that, the canvas tells me to go a different route.”
Running a Village.
“Everything you see in here we made with our own hands. From the walls that were built, to the floor, the plumbing and electricity, we did everything ourselves.”
Making chocolate in a small town.
“I always dreamt about living near the ocean. I never thought I’d have an opportunity to leave Tzaneen. So when I got this opportunity it was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I made that choice.’ For me, it’s a door that opened and I’m very grateful for it. For me, it was a change that I wouldn’t have made if it wasn’t for the chocolates.”
Painting from imagination.
"As a kid, I was fascinated by outer space. Just the sense of perspective it gives me when I take my mind there... It’s almost as if I feel like this planet is my home rather than South Africa, specifically."
A handwoven success.
"I think the art side of things always attracted me. When I built the Barrydale Hand Weavers retail shop, it was an art gallery first. I ran that for about three years, and then the weaving thing started. It’s always been the art side of life that’s attracted me, and I think that’s what drew me to Barrydale, also, although I wasn’t really aware of it at the time."
Coffee, fitness and being a mum.
"While I was in Johannesburg, I knew I had to get out of the corporate industry to come back home, here. I had to be flexible for Sammy, my daughter, so I had to create something that allowed me to be just that."
Klein Karoo gin master.
“Gin brought out my love of talking to people, believe it or not. I am shy, but this, hiding behind a tray of gin, allows me to take the shyness out. But also, I like meeting people. This gives me the opportunity to do that. This gives me the opportunity to show my hobby, which is gin."