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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Thank you Sean Sander for sharing one of your experiences from the Change Your World Youth Tour put on by Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC). Watch for more stories from the youth participants!
Upon viewing the garden, I was struck with awe. The pilot garden, and the Go-Go gardens that I visited are beautifully pruned, and […]
Over the years, previous board member, Marilyn Scott has made several visits to the Keiskamma Trust to inspire teachers and children in the classrooms. While she was inspiring children with her kindness and creativity she didn’t quite realize the inspiration her sundress would bring to the Trust as well. Some of the women […]
This is a small essay written by Simbongile Zita, a student Marilyn Scott met while working in the classrooms of the Keiskamma Trust. Thank you Simbongile for writing this essay and sharing your story with us!
I am a young man at the age of 19. As I was growing up, I did not know what my […]
This is a small essay written by Yonela Ngcwembe, a student Marilyn Scott met while working in the classrooms of the Keiskamma Trust. Thank you Yonela for writing this essay and sharing your story with us!
I am a girl who grew up with grandparents. My mother and father separated when I was a little girl. I […]
My name is Thabo Ngoxo. I was born in 1996 and I was born with a twin brother. I stayed here in Hamburg until I was three. Then I left with my brother and went to live with my grandmother, my father’s mother, in East London. We both grew up in front of her […]