South African art and design collective The Fringe Arts, known for its pop-up shops, has now got a permanent outlet – The Fringe on Kloof.
Participating designers at The Fringe ceramicists Noleen Read and Sarah Benjamin, jewellery designers Smith Jewellery and Beloved Beadwork, and surface designers Jesse Breytenbach’s Henri Kuiken and Fabric Nation. Art includes work by Daya Heller and Elsabe Milandri, with fine art, limited edition prints by Candice Breitz, Sam Nhlengethwa, David Goldblatt, Georgina Gratrix, amongst others.
“We work with an amazing range of talented and inspiring people of whom we are incredibly proud, and who keep surprising us with their work. The fact that they are continuously developing their ranges and there is so much undiscovered talent in South Africa allow us to always keep changing our offering. And it keeps our jobs very exciting.” says Thessa.
In addition to work from the collective of artists and designers, The Fringe on Kloof also carries Thessa and Chantal’s vintage range, Frintage. Both vintage fanatics, the duo has carefully selected vintage accessories and décor.
“Hearts and eyes are turning to the local scene and discovering not only a sense of quality but an amazing abundance of knowledge garnered from our parents and their parents,” says Chantal.
The Fringe on Kloof changes their window every three weeks and uniquely, work withan artist/designer almost every time. This week it is Anna Raimondo from Smith Jewellery, who writes:
“Since I was very young I have always been fascinated with my parents’ trinkets from Japan – paging through books of art, kimono designs and paper cuttings. My inspiration comes from these paper cuttings – I have hand sewn each jewel and layered picture to create an intricate and light effect. The display includes a jewellery window, a wall with framed pictures (created out of different layers of metal) and picture frames embellished with different designs, as well as my usual stock of jewellery for the shop.”
New artists/designers are added all the time so the store is always evolving and to keep things fresh, Chantal and Thessa re-style regularly.
The Fringe Arts Facebook page is a must visit. There are masses of fantastic photographs to browse and the page is updated regularly with new stock (the only difficulty is narrowing one’s wish list down to a manageable size) as well as news updates. For instance, an online store is planned – but in the meantime they willingly offer a mail order service.
Opening hour are as follows:
Mondays to Thursdays: 09:30 – 17:30
Fridays: 09:30 – 16:30
Saturdays: 09:30 – 15:30
You can also find The Fringe at the V&A Waterfront, where they have a POP UP store at Shop 11B, Alfred Mall, V&A Hotel.
THE FRINGE ON KLOOF
072 252 9709 & 079 494 1156
99B Kloof Street, Gardens
Website – diverts to Facebook page for now