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Wired: Contemporary Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets (SIGNED Ltd ED w/ SLIPCASE

David Arment; Marisa Fick-Jordaan

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ISBN 10: 0890134499 / ISBN 13: 9780890134498
Published by S/C Editions/ Museum of New Mexico Press; Santa Fe, 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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S/C Editions- Museum of New Mexico Press. 2005. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION in SLIPCASE. LAID-IN sheet SIGNED by both authors: "This Collector's edition of WIRED has been published in an edition of 100, each individually signed and numbered by the authors. (handwritten) 25 of 100. Blindstamped Black cloth in MATCHING SLIPCASE with glossy color round inset of basket photo. NO DJ, as issued. A gorgeous & rare copy of this seminal work on African telephone wire baskets, suitable for gifting or collection. Carefully shipped in secure parcel. Oversized book will require extra shipping charges to international destinations. Bookseller Inventory # 509467

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Title: Wired: Contemporary Zulu Telephone Wire ...

Publisher: S/C Editions/ Museum of New Mexico Press; Santa Fe

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Limited Edition

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The manufacture and decorative use of wire in Southern Africa traditional arts dates back to the first millennium AD. With advancements in telecommunications, a new type of wire - multi-colored plastic-coated copper wire, often referred to as telephone wire - came into being. Beginning in the late 1960's, Zulu night watchmen started weaving scraps of this wire around their traditional sticks. This new material was also applied to making izimbenge - beer pot covers - that had been traditionally made from grass and palm. Today, there is wide variety in the creative use of this wire, and, in post-Apartheid South Africa, Zulu craft artists are imbuing old forms with the colourful contemporary material of telecommunications. The result is a vibrant, distinctive new folk form gaining international attention. This is the first and only publication to document the development of this transitional art. Including more than two-hundred examples of baskets, this book traces telephone-wire weaving from its roots to its most current forms, featuring the works of the most renowned contemporary weavers. The accompanying text - from some of the foremost experts in African art and craft - traces the history of telephone-wire weaving as well as discussing its significance to South African culture and art history. Today telephone wire baskets are at the heart of growing markets for South African products and sustainable cultural industry in Zululand.

About the Author:

Dallas based art collector David Arment spent many years travelling in Africa, and bought his first telephone wire basket in 1992. He has since built one of the premier collections of telephone-wire baskets by contemporary master weavers Marisa Fick-Jordaan is the founder of the Bartel Arts Trust (BAT) Shop in Durban, South Africa. A designer and craft development consultant, through the BAT Shop she plays a pivotal role in the development of international markets for telephone wire baskets. Paul Mikula is a Durban, South Africa based architect who was the first local patron and collector of Zulu telephone wire weaving. A founding trustee of the Bartel Arts Trust (BAT) he is also the owner of the Phansi Museum which houses a comprehensive collection of South African indigenous artefacts.

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