Master Class: Hlengiwe Dube

06 December 2018, 16h00

This December we celebrate one of KZN’s most beloved and respected beadwork and telephone wire artists, Hlengiwe Dube. Join us on Thursday 06 December at 16h00 for an intimate Master Class.



With her vast knowledge of Zulu beading history and technique, she is one of the great resources of Zulu beading history and technique and generously shares her knowledge with students, museum staff, and collectors. A tireless educator, she has taught beading workshops all over the world and, closer to home, travels into rural areas to train remote artists. Dube has exhibited beadwork and wirework all over South Africa, in Australia, Germany, USA, France and Brazil, and is the author of Zulu Beadwork – Talk with Beads recounting the history of beaded messages.

A much loved supplier to the KZNSA Shop, Dube is a firm favourite at the KZNSA and we invite you to hear her story and get to know the graceful, strong woman behind the intricate designs.

HLENGIWE DUBE

Dube is an artist who specializes in beadwork and telephone wire baskets and a field worker who travels into rural areas to train remote artists. 

Dube was born in New Hanover in 1974 and moved to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal at the age of nine. As a child she watched her grandmother doing beadwork but was told she was “too young” to try. Instead, she decided to do it in secret. As she wanted to bead as well as her grandmother she worked hard and soon her grandmother was very impressed and proud of her. The first beaded item she sold was a Zulu Love Letter at the age of twelve. The buyer was the African Art Centre and this piece now resides in their permanent collection at the Killie Campbell Museum.

Her vast knowledge of Zulu beading history and technique is drawn from her extensive experience and travels meeting with women throughout KwaZulu-Natal and from working with her mother and grandmother in her early years. One of the great resources of Zulu beading history and technique, Dube generously shares her knowledge with students, museum staff, and collectors. Dube is gifted as an educator - matched by her talent as a contemporary artist. 

Awards:
Woman of the year 2000 under Art and Culture sponsored by SABC3 and Checkers.
Cosmopolitan Mover 2001 Finalist  
Mayor’s Award 2000: Achievement in Business
Sunday Tribune Award 2002
Amafa Heritage Award 2012
Living Legends 2012

She is the author of Zulu Beadwork – Talk with Beads recounting the history of beaded messages. 
Dube has exhibited beadwork and wirework all over South Africa, in Australia, Germany, USA, France and Brazil, and has taught beading workshops all over the world.

Exhibition: BUZZART18
Artist: none

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