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This fabulous Maidonna hand-painted African cushion is bursting with colour and would look wonderful on its own or mixed with other patterns and colours, £65 for the small and £85, for the large version, sold by Maud Interiors.
90 mm x 90 mm
Cuca Coasters & Post Cuca Coasters
All products are designed in-house using techniques such as silk screen, hand painting and digital printing. Maid in Africa celebrates free enterprise and free-range chicken with their Shak prints, and depicts Cape Town's slave-trade history with their Slave to Fashion range, using every day brands such as armite, Get Rich and Lucky Star that have become part of the African visual identity.
We have quite a large range of products from textiles, posters and postcards to coasters and wallpaper. We also have finished items such as cushion covers, aprons, ironing boards and a range of fashionable clothing. We use silkscreen, hand-painted and digital printing techniques. All our textiles are printed on pure cotton. Our diversity is a reflection of the space we live in.
various table mountain motives available on fridge magnets, canvas, postcards, t-shirts...
designed by Andrew Weir
There are so many products out there – we identify ourselves with a need to look at things in a different light and to maybe question them. We celebrate free enterprise and free-range chicken with our township prints and ‘save our southern rights’ with a whalebone corset. We use every day brands that have become part of our African identity with Marmite, Get Rich and Lucky Star, and celebrate Table Mountain with a series of Fable Mountain prints featuring Heidi and Spiderman. Humour keeps us sane in a world so insane, decadent and divided.
Fable mountain series
Like all the products in the Maud interiors collection, the Maid in Africa cushions are handmade.
Each cushion, detailing exotic flora and fauna from southern African life and well known brands, like Get Rich and Lucky Strike, is hand printed in black onto white cotton and then individually hand painted so no two cushions are alike. The cushions are backed with a mix of traditional African prints and come with a plump duck feather inner pad.
Our one-of-a-kind, African cushions, are ideal for injecting some colour into a room or sprucing up a tired sofa or chair. Use them individually to create a focal point or mix and match them to create an eye-popping riot of colours and imagery.
In Africa there is a saying “What you cannot carry on your head you can most probably live without.”
Faith, Hope and Charity.
Martha not only sews the usual cushion covers. She converts chips packets to purses and small bags. Chips packets are a huge litter issue. I collected about 100 without effort at our primary school and a popular community recreation area. Chips packets are bright, sparkling and pretty and after the chips and ad industry made their profit (not considering what trash they leave behind) we reuse their waste. Recycling puts a motivation behind community clean up operations, provides an income for crafter with imagination and initiative and a perfect souvenir for visitors.
Maid in Africa products are special and thoughtful. We celebrate free enterprise and free-range chicken with our Shakatura prints. We use every day brands that have become part of our identity with marmite, get rich and luckystar and celebrate Hip-Hip-Herero with our Herero cut out doll.
Our products are all Made in Africa, unique and mostly handmade. We have a range of postcards, posters and coasters and digitally printed wallpaper and finished items such as cushion covers, aprons, ironing boards and fashionable clothing. We Use silkscreen, hand painted and digital printing techniques. All our textiles are printed on pure cotton and our diversity is a reflection of the space we live in.
Maid in Africa is a creative unit producing local art, design and craft for the local and international market. All our designs are in-house, original and unique and show the creativity and the cultural diversity of Africa. We are afro-pop as opposed to „safari-khaki. The hand-made aspect of Maid in Africa appeals to a growing market opposing the standardized, mass-produced and soulless throw-away consumerism.
Recycling and re-thinking products and converting fine art into utility objects (e,g, ironing board canvas) appeals to buyers prepared to pay for human values. Africa has always inspired the world - from Picasso to colonial dreams. While Europe is in recession, bored by consumerism and in need of inspiration - Africa is developing, vibrant and diverse. Humankind originated in Africa and its nature and diversity still motivates us and makes us relevant. We take our colour inspiration from township, nature and the bright African sun.
Maid in Africa – started by Micha and Andrew Weir – is the mind behind the chips purses and bags. We trade from a small shop in Swakopmund and from the Namibian Craft Centre, where Martha Uusiku is now managing Maid in Africa. She is the hands behind our products and the soul behind this Namibian business.
Maid in Africa was started in 2005 as a means to generate extra work and income for our Maid and friend Priscilla, who lost her other work when diagnosed HIV positive. While still working in advertising and social development - Andrew a known advertising man in Namibia - we started silkscreen printing and hand painting on our kitchen table, employing former street vendors through Micha's development work at the Big Issue.
With our trademark Maidonna print and the playful use of "Maid" with its strong association with southern African way of life we celebrate Priscilla and those that are often overlooked.
Love lost, gained
Our work reflects the simple things that make Africa unique. Turning one man's trash into another man's treasure is nothing new. Indeed it is a truly African way to use free material and your imagination to create new values.
We turn milk and juice cartons into wallets, tomato and fruit tins into pincushions and coke crates into upmarket dining chairs – with a shoestring budget and a consideration for the environment.