This project was born when Nicole-Marie Iresch discovered an artists’ studio in Khayelitsha township. Impressed by what she saw there she granted these artists the opportunity to showcase their work on a new and functional platform: the natural shopping bag.
The theme for this Art in the Street project was to show how the (shopping) bag is perceived and used in African culture.
Township Patterns reproduced six of the paintings onto bags, creating a limited edition of natural and ethical bags that raised the ecological awareness of saying “no to plastic bags”.
In partnership with Cape Town Routes Unlimited, an exhibition of these art bags, took place at the Cape Town Tourism Gateway Centre at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town in December 2008 and March 2009.
Artists from Khayelitsha who took part in this project are: Samantha Douw, Patrick Holo, Lindile Magunya, Siyabonga Mateke, Luthando Lupuwana, Ron Poole and Gerald Tabata.