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.
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.
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
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.
Maid in Africa cushion covers are handmade, printed in black and white on white cotton and the individually hand painted – so no two cushions are alike. The covers are backed with a mix of traditional African prints.
In Africa there is a saying “What you cannot carry on your head you can most probably live without.”
Recycling and re-thinking products and converting fine art into utility objects - ironing board canvas – we take our color inspiration from townships, homemade shop and shebeen signs, nature and the bright African sun. 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.
Our work reflects the simple things that make Africa unique. Turning one man trash into another man's treasure 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.
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 The Big Issue we started silkscreen printing and hand painting on our kitchen table, employing homeless street vendors, maids, students and other creatives in need of bread and butter. When designing an African Icon fabric, we chose Priscilla as the true African “Ma(i)donna”, to celebrate the true force behind African human resource development and to honor an underpaid, undervalued and overlooked profession.
Faith, Hope and Charity.
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, GetRich and Lucky Star and celebrate Hip-Hip-Herero with our Herero cut out doll.
We trade from a small shop in Swakopmund and the Namibian Craft Centre in Namibia, where Martha Uusiku is now the hands behind our products and the soul behind the Namibian business and from our home in Cape Town.
Love lost, gained
Maid in Africa is a creative unit producing local art, design and craft. Andrew and Micha Weir are the mind behind. 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. We hope to appeal to a growing market opposing the standardized, mass-produced and soul-less throw-away consumerism.
Our products are all Made in Africa, unique and handmade. We have a range of postcards, posters and coasters, digitally printed wallpaper and finished items such as cushion covers, aprons, ironing boards and fashionable clothing. We Use silkscreen, hand painted and digital printing. All our textiles are printed on pure cotton and our diversity is a reflection of the space we live in. We do standard cushions and custom made fabric for furniture upholstery, chairs, boards and canvas to your design or color choice.
Please contact us directly to discuss orders on firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian design company Emily Ziz is promoting and selling Maid in Afri products down under. The website features our screens and color options:
Our designs on wallpaper printed by Robin Sprong surface designer in Cape Town:
Maid in Africa featured in House and Leisure South Africa
Maid in Africa at the Namibia Craft Centre Windhoek, Namibia
Recently featured in Fashioners.de (in German):