Story Vases by Front and the Siyazama Project for Editions in Craft.
Story Vases The Story Vases tell the personal stories of ﬁve women from South Africa.
The project began with a series of conversations in Durban between Anna, Soﬁa and Charlotte from Front and Beauty, Thokozani, Kishwepi, Tholiwe and Lobolile of the Siyazama Project, a collective of women working with traditional bead craft in KwaZulu-Natal. They told about their daily lives, their husbands and children.
They shared their hopes and dreams, and talked about love, life and death. Their stories also touch on such serious subjects as the eﬀect of HIV on their society, poverty and unemployment. They talked about their business and what beadwork meant to them. Each of the vases tells a part of these stories, and documents the daily life of women in rural, post apartheid South Africa. Each woman formed their own story into text by threading glass beads on to metal wires. These wires were made into vase-shaped moulds, into which glass was blown. With the Story Vases, Front used its conceptual approach to design, material and narrative to explore new ways of working with Zulu bead craft in collaboration with the Siyazama Project.
This long-term project aims to broaden the market for the women’s craft and to let their stories, which are seldom told, be heard by more people. By Front and the Siyazama Project for Editions in Craft.
Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren are the members of the Swedish design group Front.
Their works are based on common discussions, explorations and experiments and they are all involved in the projects from initial ideas to the final product.
Front’s design objects often communicate a story to the observer about the design process, about the material it is made of or about conventions within the design field.
In their work they have assigned part of the making of design to animals, computers or machines.
They have made a constantly changing interior, created objects with explosions, robotic furniture and a range of furniture inspired by their fascination with magic.