Hermanus Farm Community, Western Cape, South Africa

A collaborative creative process involving 18 members of the Craft Workshop gave birth to this textile piece. A representation of diversity and interconnectedness of the farm community and environment was created through a process of shaping and combining various techniques of knitting, French knitting, crocheting, stitching and cross stitching.

All materials were recycled from donated items: wool, yarn, textiles, buttons and various craft materials. Our artists enjoyed the freedom of experimenting with shapes and textiles to depict the African ecology of which they are a part. The result is a fresh and playful, vibrant farm atmosphere. Camphill Farm Community Hermanus (since 1978) is nestled in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, just 5kms from Walker Bay, on the Indian Ocean in the Western Cape of South Africa. Seven group homes provide residential facilities for 60 adults with intellectual disabilities, and a variety of work opportunities are provided on the farm and in the nearby village of Hermanus. The craft workshop is a hub of activity during the working week. Here every person finds their individual creative route to aid their personal development and make a meaningful contribution to their community.