Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Monkeybiz Bead Project is a South African non-profit organisation that provides self-employment opportunities to bead artists and provides them with skills training and support. All profits go back into the communities through provision of community services. Monkeybiz is unique in many ways. This inspirational project empowers more than 450 disadvantaged people by providing beads and beading material to them. These bead artists are producing exquisite hand beaded artworks - each a unique one-off creation.

Monkeybiz purchases richly coloured glass seed beads in bulk and supplies them to women in the townships of Cape Town. High quality beads are used to lend maximum lustre. The inner structure of each artwork is made of wire and Monkeybiz recycles discarded cotton clothing off-cuts from manufacturers as the stuffing material for beaded dolls and animals.

Since its inception, Monkeybiz beaded art has been taking the world by storm. The bead artists produce quirky, one-of-a-kind bead art pieces suffused with the vivid colours, textures, and expressions from the townships of Cape Town - African culture is at its uninhibited best.

Their unique bead creations do not aspire to ‘high art’ but simply reflect the experience and reality of each artist. The Monkeybiz diversity finds expression in a huge variety of shapes and sizes - from gorgeous beaded dolls to multicoloured animals.

Monkeybiz bead art pieces are sought after by galleries, museums and personal collections, a testimony to the role Monkeybiz has played in elevating South African craft to heady heights. Collectors of Monkeybiz pieces include Donna Karan, Annie Lennox, Halle Berry, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Monkeybiz artworks are pricey by comparison with mass-produced pieces. But the price covers much more than the outstanding quality and individual expression of each piece of beaded artwork. Buyers know that they are also providing fair compensation to the artist, and that any additional profit is for desperately needed community services.
To view the bead art options that are for sale, visit Ethical Gifts.


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