Sarah Rhodes has been researching the role that practice plays in collaboration between designers and African grassroots craft producers, examining how craft and design practices can act as tools for communication and exchange. Exploring collaboration through making with two grassroots, Cape Town based craft businesses – Imiso Ceramics and Kunye – a co-creation methodology for practice has developed, capitalising on the differing skills, experiences and cultures of those involved, resulting in the Iqhina tableware and Inkuku jewellery collections. Sarah discusses the context for this research in more detail in her contribution about Southern African contemporary jewellery, in the recently published book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective.

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