The My Olifant Collection
The latest project which Nicholas and Heidi have brought to life is The Olifant Collection. With their recent move to Franschhoek, this was the perfect place to launch this exciting and dynamic line. Elephants are the heritage of Franschhoek and with the project once again giving back financially and raising awareness for the plight of the elephant, it is a fitting tribute to our Wildlife and The Arts. ‘The flag is basically a French flag - as the memorial is funded by the French government - with a grey elephant in the centre. This is because there is a pass between Franschhoek and Villiersdorp which was originally an elephant path, and the Franschhoek Valley, before it acquired its "French" name, was called (in Afrikaans) Olifants Hoek. Herds of elephants frequently used to roam the mountains.’ (Taken from www.exploresouthafrica.net).
The Collection will consist of small ceramic elephants all originally hand painted and signed, as well as life size baby fiberglass elephants painted by local and international artists. The ceramic elephants will be sold initially at The Franschhoek Feeling Store. ‘Clothing and fine goods Designed in Franschhoek and manufactured by our local skilled artisans.’ (Taken from www.wideangle.co.za). There will also be focused tourist trails where children will get stamps as they see each sponsored fiberglass elephant and at the end of the tour, receive a certificate saying they are now an official elephant ranger. This all comes together beautifully as art and entertainment come of age in this quaint but natural setting. The project will further enhance tourism in The Cape as well as give people a story they can relate to and a truly South African experience. Whether it is buying your own one of a kind ceramic elephant or building unforgettable memories through The Olifants Experience, this project not only brings exposure to the grave situation of elephant poaching globally but it also uplifts the community by exposing and building the artists involved.
It is this sort of idea and follow through that can make a global difference by opening up the eyes of the world not only because of its aesthetic value but also because of what is behind it. With Cape Town being one of the arts and culture hubs of South Africa, there is a wonder and intensity about the future of The Olifant Collection that speaks volumes. There is so much potential when you look at what can be achieved and we are all awaiting its birth and success.
- The raw material is selected in South Africa for their superior quality and ecological attributes.
- Each artist hand signs the under belly of the whale
- The iconic black box made is made in South Africa and exudes elegance.
- Each certificate is individually signed, numbered and dated.
Visit Or-gari Golden Safaris Flagship Shop at Hyde Park Corner and you’ll discover exquisitely made collectable décor products that represent South Africa’s finest qualities, of craftsmanship, design and simplicity. Each piece embodies essential cultural significance and blends the values of tradition and innovation, to evoke a sense of awakening to the legendary Golden Safari secret. All Or-gari Golden Safari pieces are designed by London-trained designer Heidi Snaith: each piece is then adorned with her designs by a small team of artists based in Johannesburg and Franschhoek in the Western Cape.
The My Rhino Collection: sculpted perfectly proportioned life size fiber glass rhinos are hand decorated and painted by well-known South African artists to encapsulate the essence of Africa, love and emotion. These large rhinos are the replicated into smaller ceramic rhinos, with proceeds going to the Endangered Wildlife Trust each rhino comes with a certificate that is individually signed, numbered and dated.
The Dung Beetle Collection: each object of decoration is an item that intrigues and fascinates from the art form, to the scent and texture of the soy organic wax. The balls are made out of ceramic and are signed by the artist, each dung beetle is made from pewter and the body is hand painted ceramic, each piece comes with a certificate.
The My Olifant Collection: The Collection will consist of small ceramic elephants all orignally hand painted and signed, as well as life size baby fiber glass elephants painted by local and international artists.
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