East artist shares her talent

Constance Mboweni from Mamelodi East teaching Mamelodi residents about art and crafts. Photo: Stephen Selaluke

Constance Mboweni from Mamelodi East Vista View has a passion for art and craft.

She said art was part of her life, but her dream was to educate the community about art and craft.

A concern was that many people disliked art as well as the idea of making a living from it.

She said her passion for art and craft started at an early age and she started taking it seriously in 2011.

She started by making sewing shoes and she never looked back.

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Mboweni said she was currently training people at her house in Mamelodi East Vista View from Monday to Friday.

She specialised in anything, meaning that she could even create art from scrap glass bottles.

“I have been doing art my whole life and it inspires me,” she said.

“Everything I touch turns into something you could display in the house.”

She was also training a group of unemployed woman and young people in Mamelodi.

She said she loved trying out new things, adding this helped he to fight boredom.

Mboweni was specialising in shaggy carpets, pompom carpets, cutting of bottles, lamp shades and wall hangings.

Her biggest challenge was that the community did not support art.

“I feel like the community has to be educated about art. Art for me is passion and work. If I did not love art I would not love my work,” she said.

“It makes me happy to see that my work is an inspiration to the others.”

She said her biggest dream was to create jobs for people in the community of Mamelodi.

She was planning to host a big exhibition of the art of the people she had trained.

This would be an opportunity for the community to buy their work.

Mboweni said business was slow, but there were individuals placing orders.

She intended hosting a training session at Stanza Bopape Development Centre in Mamelodi East Extension 5 from 08:00 till 17:00 on 29 September.

Those interested could call Constance Mboweni on 071-303-1306.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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