May 29, 2013

Peacock Blue + Flamingo Pink

Safari Fusion blog | Peacock Blue & Flamingo Pink African wire Impala trophy heads for the wall by Safari Fusion
We have been experimenting with bright colour finishes on our wire Impala Heads and now have two new colours in store, Peacock Blue and Flamingo Pink.

Also new are two one-off colours with our decorative clay and bead Tikar Bangles, Fuchsia Pink and Black & White.

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May 23, 2013

Pinned: Yoruba bead chair

Safari Fusion blog | Yoruba bead chair | My fascination with these beautifully beaded Nigerian chairs
I have a fascination with these intricately beaded chairs from Nigeria and hope that someday
I will be the proud owner of one.
{Visit us on Pinterest | source: SF Girl by Bay blog}

May 20, 2013

Inside a customer's home

Safari Fusion blog | Inside a customer's home | Safari Fusion's White Bamileke Feather Headdress Juju hat finds a wonderful new home
I love it when our customers pass on lovely feedback and take the time to email me pictures of their Safari Fusion purchase displayed in their home.

These beautiful shots are from one of our regional Victorian stockists, Beechworth Gold, who decided to keep one of our lush White Bamileke Feather Headdress (Juju hat) for themselves.

It looks amazing mounted above the gorgeous bone inlay chest of draws and those lamps are divine.

Thank you Vanessa at Beechworth Gold for sharing!

Safari Fusion blog | Inside a customer's home | Safari Fusion's White Bamileke Feather Headdress Juju hat finds a wonderful new home
{Images © Beechworth Gold}

May 16, 2013

Pinned: Singita Serengeti House

Safari Fusion blog | Beautiful texture and detail at Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania
Beautiful texture and detail at Singita Serengeti House, a private luxurious villa in Tanzania
{Visit us on Pinterest | source: Singita}

May 13, 2013

The lion sleeps tonight...

Safari Fusion blog | The lion sleeps tonight...| Admiring the talent of South Africa's leading bead artists
In the jungle, the mighty jungle. The lion sleeps tonight….as does the leopard and cheetah at this years’ Design Indaba.

These life-size animal trophy heads are all handcrafted from bead and wire. I have seen pictures of similar pieces over the years, but have never had the opportunity to examine one of these art pieces up close and admire the sheer brilliance and workmanship.

Bead and Wire art pieces like these are typically made on commission and end up in collectors homes, corporate headquarters and galleries the world over, so not a piece you would normally see in a store.

Not being a beader I thought the artist would create the piece by placing one bead at a time onto lengths of wire. However I discovered they actually take the wire and scoop it through a tub of beads and still manage to create an animal pelt complete with various colour tones and markings, just like a real predator.

Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh…

Safari Fusion blog | The lion sleeps tonight...| Admiring the talent of South Africa's leading bead artists

Safari Fusion blog | The lion sleeps tonight...| Admiring the talent of South Africa's leading bead artists

Safari Fusion blog | The lion sleeps tonight...| Admiring the talent of South Africa's leading bead artists

May 9, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Safari Fusion blog | Happy Mother's Day | A very cheeky baby gorilla hitching a ride in the Virunga Mountains
Gorilla Mum and her cheeky baby, Virunga Mountains DRC {source: David Wake Photography}
Wishing all Mums, Moms, Mothers, Grandmothers and Nannas a very Happy Mother's Day on Sunday!

May 6, 2013

Africa's Nguni cow

Safari Fusion blog | Africa's Nguni cow | How this majestic creature inspires South Africa's arts and crafts
Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands South Africa
The majestic Nguni cow of Southern Africa are as hardy as they are handsome.

Beloved herds of the Xhosa, Zulu and Swazi people for hundreds of years; these richly patterned cattle are a form of dowry as well as a source of food and clothing.

They have also inspired songwriters, poets, artists and even tribal kings -  King Shaka of the Zulus had a royal herd of pure white Ngunis.

South Africa’s arts and crafts continues to honour their importance, where today you can find various representations of these beautiful creatures.

Safari Fusion blog | Africa's Nguni cow | How this majestic creature inspires South Africa's arts and crafts
Our made to order wire Nguni Cow Head

Safari Fusion blog | Africa's Nguni cow | How this majestic creature inspires South Africa's arts and crafts
On the beach in South Africa's Eastern Cape 

May 2, 2013

Pinned: Summer dreaming

Safari Fusion blog | Pinned: Summer dreaming | A stunning seaside residence on the South African coast
A stunning seaside residence on the South African coast
(Visit us on Pinterest | source: Nicolas Matheus Photographer}