Embroidered Art – Fabric of Community SOLD

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Title: Fabric of Community
Artist: Grace Chaka
Size: approx 16.5″w x 23.5″h
Hand embroidered folk art
$70

Grace was born in 1969 in Bindura, the last of six children. She was in 10th grade when her parents died and she had to stop her education. After 2 months as a receptionist in a hotel in Mutare she returned home and began growing tomatoes and vegetables in her parents garden and selling them. She married in 1989 and has six children, including two sets of twins.

Grace began doing appliqué in 1992. “I am not a person who wants to stay sitting, saying I have nothing. I want to help myself.” Her favorite topics are based on HIV/AIDS and also on traditional healers.

Embroidered Art – Living in Harmony

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Title: Living in Harmony
Artist: Francisca Nyazongwe Chekacheke
Size: approx. 20″w x 15″h
Hand embroidered folk art
$60

Francisca was born in 1965 in Weya. She went to school through Grade 6, leaving school because the family didn’t have enough money for her to continue. She learned embroidery in 1988, because she wanted to earn a living.

She has five children, and her husband works in a hotel in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, coming home once a month. Francisca raises maize, groundnuts and millet on the land the she farms.

Painted Art – Offerings SOLD

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Title: Offerings
Artist: Tima Shonge
Size: approx 26″w x 33″h
Hand-painted sadza painting
$70

Tima was born in 1971. She completed her “O Levels” – equivalent of 10th grade – in 1989 and then learned sadza painting. She was married in 1991 and moved away, returning to Weya in 1997 after her husband died. She has remarried and has three children.

Tima decided to learn to paint because “I realized that it gives money easily if you work hard. The more you do, the more you make. You can paint anytime.” her favorite topics are folklore work done by women, and enjoying life.

Painted Art – Work and Play

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Title: Work and Play
Artist: Eugenia Chirenje
Size: approx 30″w x 28″h
Hand-painted sadza painting
$70

Eugenia was born in 1961 in Mondoro and studied through 7th grade at St. Michael’s Mission. She came to Weya in 1986 to be married, and learned to paint in 1990. “I wanted to get money to buy food.” She chose sadza painting “because it was easy.”

Eugenia’s favorite topics for her art are chenura (bringing home ancestral spirits) “…because it is our culture,” and traditional dancing. “These are things we’re always experiencing in our homes.”

Painted Art – Harvest

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Title: Harvest
Artist: Ceresencia Chibaya
Size: approx 18″w x 23″h
Hand-painted sadza painting
$50

Ceresencia was born in 1965 in Weya, the fifth born of six children. She studied until 7th grade, stopping because her parents didn’t have enough money to pay for further schooling. She married in 1984 and has five children. Her husband died in 2002.

Cersencia began to do art in 2003 because she wanted her children to have a happy life. The money would help her pay school fees and provide for other necessities. Ceresencia has used her art to document and explain events in her life, from the passing of her husband in 2002, to the passing of her daughter in 2013. Favorite topics include people’s life stories, traditional stories and friendship.

Painted Art – The Women SOLD

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Title: The Women
Artist: Melania Mazinyani
Size: approx 19″w x 26″h
Hand-painted sadza painting
$50

Melania was born in 1971 in Chiendambuya and has two children, Richard and Tariro. She later married Promise Kayne and taught him to paint. “I started sadza painting in the year 1988 at Weya Training Centre. When I joined it was very hard for me to draw a topic and a story. But they kept on encouraging us to use our hands. As time went on I managed to do everything. My rule is not to copy anything from a book. I managed to help my family, because we were very poor. I also educated my younger brother. I really love my art because it is helping me.”

Painted Art – Garden SOLD

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Title: Garden
Artist: Ceresencia Chibaya
Size: approx 19″w x 26″h
Hand-painted sadza painting
$50

Ceresencia was born in 1965 in Weya, the fifth born of six children. She studied until 7th grade, stopping because her parents didn’t have enough money to pay for further schooling. She married in 1984 and has five children. Her husband died in 2002.

Cersencia began to do art in 2003 because she wanted her children to have a happy life. The money would help her pay school fees and provide for other necessities. Ceresencia has used her art to document and explain events in her life, from the passing of her husband in 2002, to the passing of her daughter in 2013. Favorite topics include people’s life stories, traditional stories and friendship.

Painted Art – Village SOLD

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Title: Village
Artist: Maziveni Mapuranga
Size: approx 19″w x 26″h
Hand-painted sadza painting
$50

Maziveni was born in 1966 in Mutoko. She came to Weya in 1990 when she got married. She studied through Grade 11. She has five children, and farms with her husband. She learned to make appliqués in 1992, having arrived in Weya after her marriage and deciding it would be interesting to do.

Her favorite subjects include African marriage, traditional healers and village life.