Pindi helps teach screen printing to youngsters on the TEN Project. She is inspired by her African and Sangoma Roots to use objects from her life to print with.
Nicolaas Du Preez
After nearly two decades of fulfilling various roles from engineering to sales management in the oil and gas industry, Nicolaas du Preez settled in Cape Town to give his family a rest from the haphazardness of oilfield life.
Following a lifelong interest in the making of things he is setting up an initiative in the creative hub of Hout Bay to start low volume modern manufacturing services to bring to reality the ideas of artists, designers and idea-lists*. Focusing initially on fabrication with wood using computer numerically controlled machines he envisages to also provide various medium 3D printing and other technical services.
Having a sound academic background with engineering and business administration degrees Nicolaas views his involvement with Workspace as providing an excellent opportunity to also transfer knowledge and skill to not only the next generations but anybody that can benefit thereby.
* Nothing to do with philosophy or revolutions it refers to anybody plagued by ideas of interesting things to make
Co founder of Workspace and trained Landscape designer, Craig finds his niche within Workspace as a connector, teacher and driving force behind the Workspace dedication to providing a platform for skills exchange.
His favourite pastime is dreaming about finishing project #572….a 1981 Honda XL500 , gathering dust whilst he get distracted with building things from scrap steel and sometimes wood. The only reason they let him stay, is that his wood fired pedal powered coffee roasting contraption produces great coffee beans
Thomas van Gylswyk
Liesl Robbins has been a long term member of Workspace and actively involved in all forms of teaching… jewellery, woodworking and DIY classes. The TEN Project relies heavily on her teaching ability, which is conducted with poise and experience.
She is a qualified Goldsmith but also loves to create using alternative and recycled materials.
Barry “Stompie” Pretorius
Michelle is a Jewellery Designer. She studied at Ruth Prowse Shool of Art where she received her Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing, and a certificate in Visual arts in 2005. From then she worked for a jewellery company at the V & A waterfront where she has manufactured pieces for A list clients.
In 2016 Michelle founded her company, Cavaletti Jewellery and based herself at Workspace. She specialized in hand manufactured bespoke silver and gold jewellery with gemstones. Michelle enjoys creating and making in general and finds jewellery is a great way to express her creativity. Her plans for the future are to grow her business, travel sourcing gemstones and meet other jewellers and traders around the world.
Su - Mari Gwilliam
Stonehill Originals’ create unique non-woven (felt) and hybrid textiles from luxurious alpaca and other natural fibres which are transformed into classic fashion and home decor items. Debbie Braunlich, founder of Stonehill Originals, owns a small alpaca herd in the Western Cape from which fine, soft fibre is harvested and then processed into batts to make non-woven fabric or yarn for knitwear.
Alpaca is used either solely in a garment or with a combination of natural textiles (high-quality woolen worsteds, linens, silks or cottons). The creation of a Stonehill Originals’ garment allows textural variation, elevating a garment from an aesthetic point of view.
Sharon operates the coffee shop and bakery section of Workspace under her own brand – Nourish bakery. She is empowered as a business owner and uses her position to lift up, train others and to integrate the Hout Bay communities.
Her bread is of the highest quality, baked daily in the Workspace wood fired rocket oven, whilst all coffee served is roasted on site in the “World Famous Pedal Roaster” which is also fired by wood waste.
She collaborates with local bakers and regularly has homemade delights on sale. Nourish Bakery is closed on Mondays.
Katy Cambridge is a professional ceramic artist and children’s book illustrator under the brand of ‘What Katy Loved’. She hails from the coastal town of Falmouth in Cornwall, UK and spends her time between there and Workspace in Cape Town.
She specialises in hand building, sculpture and surface design techniques. Katy is also qualified teacher with a background in youth development and sustainable livelihoods.