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Who buys things at our product sales: A story

Today is the first day of our Christmas sale at the University of Alberta Hospital. We have 4 long tables set up, full of the wonderful hand crafted items from the Keiskamma Trust. There are warm felted scarves, tea cozies, aprons and tea towels, brightly coloured shopping bags, elephant cushion covers and beaded ornaments […]

By |January 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Why We Do What We Do…

 

Little did Carol Hoffmeyr know what she was getting into when she and her husband, Justus, moved from Johannesburg to the small village of Hamburg on the coast of the Eastern Cape back in 2000. Both physicians, Carol is a generalist while Justus’s specialty is obstetrics and gynecology.

Carol’s reason for moving was to pursue […]

By |September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Keiskamma Benefit Dinner

Keiskamma Benefit Dinner – Join us for dinner! Enjoy an evening of great food, friendly company, silent and live auctions along with a short film and be a part of transforming the lives of the children of the Keiskamma Trust. The evening program will be hosted Heather McPherson, Executive Director of Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, along with a […]

By |September 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    The Keiskamma Art Project – Restoring Hope and Livelihoods by Brenda Schmahmann

The Keiskamma Art Project – Restoring Hope and Livelihoods by Brenda Schmahmann

Dear friends of mine and of Keiskamma
Our book about the major works of Keiskamma Art project is about to be printed and will be launched on 30 November this year.

Robert Hofmeyr, our son, designed it, Professor Brenda Schmahmann wrote the text , and it is being published by Robin Stuart-Clark of Print Matters. I […]

By |September 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Embroidery Workshops at the McMullen Gallery

In conjunction with our Indalo show, we had the privilege to hold weekly workshops in the McMullen galley. During these workshops we worked on fabric appliqué pieces which followed the theme of the show Indalo, birds. Each participant was given the opportunity to practice techniques used by the women of the Keiskamma Art Project and experience the process […]

By |March 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    INDALO: Nature Tapestries from Keiskamma, Eastern Cape of South Africa

INDALO: Nature Tapestries from Keiskamma, Eastern Cape of South Africa

February 13-March 20
 

Inspired by the wonder, beauty and fragility of their natural environment, the women of the tiny village of Bodiam have created intricate tapestries that set birds in beautifully lush surroundings. The women have entitled this work ‘Indalo’, the Xhosa word for ‘nature’. Although life in the Eastern Cape remain challenging, hope and […]

By |January 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

ACGC Top 30 under 30 – Congrats to Nosipho!

Thank you to Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) for choosing Nosipho Ngqula as one of this year’s Top 30 under 30 and recognizing her work and commitment to the Music Academy at Keiskamma Trust.
To read Nosipho Ngqula’s interview and see all 30 selections, click here.
Nosipho, along with Thabang (Keiskamma Trust director) and his […]

By |January 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

We are presenting at International Week!

By |January 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

ACGC Change Your World Youth Tour – documentary

 

We are very excited to launch the documentary made by the five Alberta youth who participated in Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s (ACGC) Change Your World tour to Keiskamma Trust in the Eastern Cape of South Africa this past summer! Be inspired to learn about the health, art, and educational programs run by The Keiskamma […]

By |November 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Isishweshwe Apron

Isishweshwe is a distinctive printed cotton fabric from German design.

An Isishweshwe apron [faskoti] is an important part of a Xhosa woman’s wardrobe.

You first wear an Isishweshwe apron when you are a bride [umakoti].

As a married woman, you are supposed to have one or two or even more Isishweshwe outfits in case there is a […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|