Paper Craft and Design with Themba Masala

Raaswater, Northern Cape

In 2002, Shapiro was employed as a Crafts Development Specialist by the Northern Cape Arts and Culture Council, a statutory body of the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. During this time, he began working with paper mache crafter, Themba Masala. At the time, Masala had no access to markets and was making paper mache crafts on his own. Masala had no orders coming in for his crafts.

This craft development mentorship lasted for 18 months. During this time all aspects of running a crafts business were explored and implemented, new products were introduced and developed and a production line was established.

The business was introduced to retail outlets and orders were generated. Capacity grew from one crafter to 9 crafters and orders are received by this business on a consistent basis.

Articles and Press Releases

Mail & Guardian, February 26th 2010

Design Indaba Magazine, 1st Quater 2010

Business Day, July 19th 2002

Sunday Times, September 29th 2002

Nothern Cape News, June/July 2002

View article on Craft Development in the Northern Cape

Download a case study on Paper Mache

Letters of reference

Letter of reference from Mr Andrew Hall
Department Sports, Arts and Culture - Northern Cape

Letter of reference from Mr Vuyisile Mshudulu
Crafts Officer - Department Sports, Arts and Culture - Northern Cape