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Friday, December 4, 2009


(Pic: “Wings V” by Andrew Verster 2009. Foamcore and paint on canvas)

A designer Christmas Fair at KZNSA Gallery.

Following on from the inaugural SUSS’T last year, the KZNSA has again assembled a collection of objects ideally suited to the Christmas spirit. Ranging from super-affordable stocking-stuffers to the uniquely bespoke, the gallery will be set ablaze with the kind of festive style that has come to define the KZNSA.

SUSS’T shows the broad wealth of craft and design in South Africa, with a special emphasis on local production. Participants have been selected because of their ability to transform traditional and contemporary materials into unique objects of function and beauty.

Expect to see Richard Stretton and Angela Shaw’s beautifully minimalist range of flat-pack beech-ply Christmas trees; Glen Adendorff’s punk recycled rubber and vinyl jewellery; Andrew Verster’s hysterical pop knitted scarves and outrageously original telephone wire Christmas tree ornaments.

Also for sale is the artist block which, at R350, is an inventive opportunity to acquire an original work by a famous artist. Also, art lovers are in for a treat with a sale of prints by some of South Africa’s top artists including Penny Siopis, Claudette Schreuders, Colbert Mashile, Conrad Botes, David Koloane, Judith Mason and Robert Hodgins.

Sure to be a hit again this year is the űber-stylish SUSS’T boutique with ranges from the country’s best fashion designers including Amanda Laird Cherry and Black Coffee. Also supplying designer jewellery and accessories, and with a special swimwear section, this space may be considered the place for the well-heeled this festive season.

For the informed to become well-informed, the bookshop covers art, design, fashion, music, popular culture and fiction, along with selection of bound sketchbooks, blank notebooks and diaries. A special children’s book section provides the intelligent choice of gift for young people of all ages, with plastic bath books, rhymes, contemporary fairy comic books, comics and picture books and, of course, deliciously luxuriant fiction for all ages.

SUSS’T is an alternative to mall culture where, with one visit, you can acquire all your Christmas gifts at any price range. The KZNSA complex also boasts a treed courtyard café in dappled shade, a children’s playground and, during the festive period, a full-time nanny.

SUSS’T opens at 15h00 on December 6 with a festival of choir and music performances. It runs until January 10. The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1703, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit