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Hooked onto Afrihooked

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Durbanite recently met up with local designer, Yurika of Afrihooked.

Afrihooked is known for making unique crocheted items from materials that are all locally sourced and produced, ranging from surfboard covers, handbags, sunglasses pouches, to pet beds. The surfboard covers are custom-made to fit the customer’s shortboard, and made from locally sourced, funky t-shirt yarn.
The products are geared towards adventurous individuals who love to travel and explore, and every item is inspired by Africa.

We chatted to her to find out more:

1) Tell us more about yourself as owner and designer?
I live in Hermanus, Western Cape (just moved from Durban). I love to read, and have a great love of nature. When I’m not crocheting for AfriHooked, I’m a Researcher for wildlife film and documentary filmmaking.
As owner of Afrihooked, I spend a good deal of time brainstorming product ideas and sourcing the best yarn for the items I make. A lot of research and legwork goes into a product – I even dream of patterns and yarn at night!
I design all my own patterns, figuring them out until the early hours with lots of coffee by my side. Everything in my shop is unique and well thought-through, and each pattern has hours or days of trying and testing behind it.

2) When did Afrihooked start?
I started crocheting when I was 10 years old, but I guess that doesn’t count… After making so many things for myself and my household, and after much prodding from friends and family, I finally decided this year to start selling my products to the public. It’s all very new and exciting! The online shop is just over 3 months old now, and has starting selling recently. Offline, I have a long list of requests coming in – which is fantastic! I have also just opened up the store to stockists who would like to sell the products in their stores.

3) What’s the inspiration behind the name?
Well, I have a great passion for our continent – its landscapes, people, and animals. I love travelling to different African countries, and the many stunning parts of our country. Every item is inspired by something that Africa has to offer. And I love crochet. And you use a hook to crochet, so… 🙂

4) What makes your brand different?
The AfriHooked brand represents my interpretation of our continent, with its atmospheres and character. I make things that I want to own myself. Also, the slogan – Live the Safari – encourages the customer to experience these places for themselves. To carry the spirit of adventure with them, or to add it to their everyday life. The items I make are not meant to be merely used, but to put a smile on the owner’s face whenever they see it, to remind them of beautiful places full of promise.
Oh, and did I mention every item is customizable according to colour?

5) How can we order your products?
Visit the AfriHooked store on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AfriHooked?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Potential stockists are welcome to send me an email at afrihooked@yahoo.com for a price list. The platform accepts all major credit cards through a linked PayPal account – setup is easy if you don’t have one yet! But if you experience any issues, please contact Yurika at afrihooked@yahoo.com.

6) Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?
Don’t underestimate the skill that goes into your craft. You can make something that most people can’t. Hone your skill – learn from others and experiment. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Just go for it!

Don’t forget – Durbanites get a further 10% off when making an order from Afrihooked! Just use the code, Durbanite10 at checkout.

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I heart Market – February Sale Market Saturday 3 February: 9am – 2pm

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February is the month of love and the I heart Market will celebrate with its traditional bi-annual “sale” market on Saturday 3 February from 9am to 2pm at  Northlands Primary School, in Durban North.

Following two busy and packed festive season markets in its new home at Northlands Primary School, which was well received by customers, February’s I heart Market will offer a range of discounted products.

“We were over the moon with the turn for our first markets at Northlands Primary, with a steady stream of customers, and great sales for our traders who are all small business entrepreneurs,” enthuses Manager of the Market, Tanith Molliere. “Our February market is kind of the “January Sales” market with great offers to help those budgets that may have been stretched during the holidays.”

February’s Market promises a magical shopping experience with wares created with love and care by local artisans and small businesses, reflecting a deep commitment to their artistry and craft.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner – there will also be a gorgeous array of “romantically-inspired” products available.

As always, the market is filled with handmade treasures ranging from fine leather goods, unusual ceramics, exquisite jewellery and accessories, innovative visual art, home decor, plants, clothing, condiments and pickles, cured meats, a delightful selection of delicious baked goods. Of course, the usual mouth-watering array of food truck eats, catering to every palate including vegan and vegetarian.

There is also a secure play area for children between the ages of 1 and 6, with qualified Teacher’s Assistants in attendance available for the morning for those parents who want to take a break to shop or enjoy some delicious food. There is a fee of R100 for the morning or part thereof. A “pram park” is also available for people to leave their prams whilst shopping to help avoid congestion in the hall.

The market is housed in the school hall and surrounding gardens from 9am to 2pm, and takes place rain or shine as most of the traders are under cover.  Parking is available in designated school areas, with security guards to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

For more info contact info@iheartmkt.com.

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East Coast Radio House + Garden Showcases Diverse Crafts and DIY Experiences

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The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is back, and this year it promises to be a haven for craft enthusiasts and those seeking interactive DIY experiences. Crafting has come a long way from scrapbooking and papier-mâché, we have an incredible line up of specialist crafters that will expand your imagination! With a focus on engaging activities for all, this year’s craft traders will offer a variety of hands-on experiences at their stalls. From crafts for the kiddies to offerings for health and beauty enthusiasts and creative entrepreneurs, visitors can expect an exciting showcase of talent, innovation, and creativity.

Craft for the Kiddies
A Toy for You, distributor of toy brand Melissa & Doug, will be a highlight of the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Renowned for their classic wooden toys and realistic pretend play sets, Melissa & Doug products inspire creative thinking through screen-free open-ended play. At the show, visitors will have the opportunity to see and purchase top Melissa & Doug items that are well-crafted and designed to ignite the imagination. The exhibit will also feature a colorful and creative play zone where children can engage with popular toys, such as a wooden kitchen, art easel, and wellness area. Daily themed activities, including sand art and slime workshops, will also be hosted, providing children with countless ways to encourage creativity, imagination, learning, and discovery.

Craft for Health and Beauty Enthusiasts
Alchemists’ Lab offers a unique and new way to experience self-care. With a focus on discovering top-notch, safe, and naturally derived skincare products for diverse skin types, The Alchemists’ Lab sources and develops high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Visitors to their exhibit will have the opportunity to engage in a live interactive Bath Bomb and Bath Salts Station. Participants can personally tailor their products using premium ingredients, choosing scents, colours, and botanicals to create bath bombs and salts that suit their preferences. This immersive crafting experience allows individuals to unleash their creativity and produce items that bring joy and tangible health benefits. In addition to exclusive show discounts, visitors who tag Alchemists’ Lab on social media will receive a promo code for their online store. Every purchase made at their stall during the House + Garden Show will enter visitors into a giveaway to win an entire range of their products.

Craft for Creative Entrepreneurs
Cricut™, a worldwide phenomenon and pioneer in smart cutting machines, opens doors for small business owners and creative individuals through their user-friendly app and versatile devices. Their cutting-edge technology enables the personalisation of various items, from custom cards to unique apparel. At the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, the highly anticipated EasyPress 3 will be made available for purchase. This portable heat press combines speed and convenience with the genius of the Cricut Heat™ app. Visitors at the Cricut stand will have the opportunity to participate in a “spin the wheel” activation and win the chance to personalise a mug, water bottle, or t-shirt free of charge. The aim is to inspire creativity through hands-on experiences, ensuring that everyone leaves the Show with a sense of accomplishment and takes home a personalised item they can cherish. Make sure to visit the Cricut stand for daily prize giveaways and stand a chance to win an exciting Business In A Box competition.

“The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show offers a unique platform for craft traders to showcase their talents and engage visitors in exciting DIY experiences. Whether it’s exploring the world of imaginative play, indulging in self-care through customised products, or unlocking creativity for aspiring entrepreneurs, you will find an array of creative exhibitors ready to inspire your inner artist,” shares Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Show Director of the House + Garden Show.

For more information and to stay updated on the latest news about the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show sponsored by Plascon, visit www.housegardenshow.co.za or follow @housegardenshow on Instagram and Facebook.

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Julie Andrews – Uncut

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Julie Andrews – Uncut: An acclaimed one-woman production from East London which celebrates the phenomenal life, career and music of much adored timeless icon of stage and screen, Dame Julie Andrews, comes to the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban for one weekend only – from 9 until 11 December.

Julie Andrews is an English actress, singer, and author, who has been honoured with a host of accolades and awards throughout her career spanning over seven decades, acknowledging her enormous body of work. She is also dubbed Britain’s “youngest prima donna”, as a 13-year-old Andrews became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Variety Performance on 1 November 1948 – the annual fund-raising gala event attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

She is known and loved for her enduring feature films – Mary PoppinsThe Sound of MusicVictor / Victoria and more recently The Princess Diaries. As a voice artist, her distinctive voice appeared in ShrekDespicable Me and Bridgerton.

She is widely known as a composed, elegant, well-spoken and a typical English lady. A lady and a dame (In 2000, Andrews was made a dame by the late Queen Elizabeth for her services to the performing arts). But not born of noble blood. Julie Andrews is a self-made woman. She spent her childhood performing on the Vaudeville circuit, singing and dancing, two shows a day, six days a week, alongside Pops and Barbara Andrews. Little Julie would stand on a crate to sing a duet with Pops while mom Barbara accompanied them on piano.  All was not well in the Andrews family. Pops’ drinking was out of control. He was a violent drunk, completely unemployable. So the Julie became the sole provider for the bickering Andrews clan.

Vaudeville was her training ground, Broadway made her and Hollywood immortalised her.  Julie Andrews – Uncut tells the of the rials and tribulations that shaped Julie Andrews into a shining star.

Julie Andrews Uncut features Alison Hillstead, and is written and directed by Amanda Bothma with musical director and pianist:  Nathan Johannisen.  The production is the latest offering from Wela Kapela – an East London-based production company, established in 2019 to create opportunities for performers from East London, creating fresh new work to encourage new audiences. To this end, at least one of their productions annually is targeted at a younger audience.  “Wela Kapela” is a colloquial phrase often used by young people in Cape Town, to tease or to boast.

 

Good To Know:

R 180-00 a ticket

Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue.

Limited secure parking available

Booking is essential.

Bar Available

(no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

Cell 0824998636   / email  roland@stansell.co.za   / Computicket /  http://events.durbantheatre.com/

Friday 09 December 2022 – 19.30

Saturday 10 December 2022 – 14.00 & 19.30

Sunday 11 December 2022 – 14.00 & 17.00

(Venue opens 90 minutes before show for drinks)

Running Time 60 min.

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