Seek With New Eyes – Session #5: Meet The Makers

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Session #5 – Meet The Makers


See how creativity and cultures flourish in diverse urban and rural landscapes.
Meet talented artisans working in the far north of the country – the Limpopo province.

Hear about the buzzing, big-city culture of Johannesburg and Pretoria, pioneering art fairs,
and a new marketplace for a curated selection of artworks for those with an interest in art from Africa.

Refresh your perspective. Stimulate your mind.


Marcella has extensive experience in building bridges between cultures and people, and integrating sustainability and profitability.

She travels the world to work with artisans and designers to preserve their craft and enhance profitability by linking developing communities to developed markets.
She’s interested in folk art, the handmade and people whose life journey consists in working with their hands. Her work gives small brands and enterprises much needed access to the currency and codes of developed markets.

She’s Colombia born with a bachelors from Brown, a masters from Bogota, a career in publishing – as editor of Harper’s Bazaar and contributor to Vogue, Wall Paper, Elle UK, and many such others, and lecturing – at Parsons in New York, and last month at Selvedge Art Fair, and advising – her consultancy firm focuses on branding and creative communication



With a Master of Fine Art from Wits University, Lucy’s curation of The South African Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 was critically acclaimed as a “must see” pavilion by numerous media amongst others Artsy, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Art Newspaper, The Telegraph, Architectural Digest and Spiegel.

From 2014-16 she was curator of the FNB Joburg Art Fair. Alongside this, she curated the first TEDx talks event to focus on contemporary African art.  She’s managed the corporate collections of Spier Wine Estate, Hollard Insurance and Nando’s Global. And in between, founded her own company L’MAD Collection, which creates limited edition collections to promote local artists and designers.

She’s also edited a publication focused on South Africa’s cultural scene, and a book on the establishment of the Zeitz MOCAA Museum published in partnership with Wallpaper* Magazine and Thomas Heatherwick Studio.



Though travel-loving gypsies, Gert and Janneke regard South Africa as their second home after decades of visits and sustained ties with creative communities.

Their lifelong appreciation of art and design inspired them to open Gallery iZArte in their mother country, the Netherlands, that sold a range of products from southern Africa, and organized lectures, workshops, cultural exchanges and presentations.

They purchased the items in their collection from indigenous artists at a fair price, meaning that they walk their ethical talk.

Since the gallery’s closure, while they now blog about eye-catching and inspiring news from South Africa, their new initiative offers their network and expertise to local projects, underpinned by these key words: art/craft art, social impact and social entrepreneurship.

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