Fans of beautiful craft and design items will be spoilt for choice at this year’s Design Indaba Expo (28 February-2 March), as the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) have teamed together to bring 16 hand-picked craft enterprises to the event.
Businesses offering everything from ceramics to jewellery, furniture to textiles have each received a sponsored 4m² stand, following a rigorous selection process that began in November last year. SEDA pays a portion of the stand cost and the CCDI offers training, styling assistance and moderate funding assistance to enhance the stands.
“The Design Indaba Expo is an ideal opportunity to showcase the best of Western Cape handmade products to the global market, through reaching influential local and international buyers,” said Doreen Hendricks, CCDI Market Support Coordinator: Domestic & Local Markets.“This is an amazing opportunity for these small businesses to build up their trading confidence and to make their mark.”
The CCDI will also be publicising the Better Living Challenge (BLC) competition at the Expo. The BLC is part of the Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative, which encourages organisations to commit to the Green Economy.
The CCDI is project managing the rollout of the competition, which will source and bring to market home improvement solutions for the low income housing market. Winning solutions will be innovative, affordable and use green technology. (www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za | Facebook – The Better Living Challenge | Twitter – @TheBLChallenge)
The CCDI will also be sharing an information stand with Cape Town Design and Wesgro, in order to map out the eco-system of design. This display will showcase the various stakeholders in a vast design network, from government and educational institutions, to manufacturers, support NGOs, and the marketplace itself. In building understanding of the contribution of design to the economy, the aim is to develop design-ready businesses, business-ready design practitioners and involved citizens, and to embed the application of design in the public sector on every level.
Ceramics by Liser Firer at the Design Indaba Expo. Photo by: Lisa Firer