Erin Frances is an artist specialising in jewellery and bespoke costume. Erin is also a people’s person of note and is passionate about sharing her love of metalwork with others. She gets a kick out of seeing others learning new things and pushing personal limitations. The powerful healing potential of allowing oneself a creative outlet is something she has learned through her own personal journey and although she has no formal training in therapy, she likes to think her teaching work helps others to bring more wholeness and healing into their lives.
Erin works with silver, copper and brass, experimenting with oxidation and textures. She supports local, small scale suppliers and follows green workshop practices where possible. Various gifts and homeware products made from isiShweshwe also form part of her range and this iconic Southern African fabric is closely woven into her family heritage. Erin finds great inspiration in international and local travel, and regular visits to India contribute significantly to her design style and ethos. When she’s not abroad, you’ll find her in her Cape Town garage studio, either plotting her next class or creation, or practicing her scales on the piano.
Erin holds a diploma in jewellery design and manufacture from Ruth Prowse School of Art.
Genevieve Maurel started her creative journey as a sculptural artist fascinated by the liminal space. She feels most inspired when pushing the boundaries of ideas or techniques. Genevieve’s love of metal work came from playing with wire which quickly progressed to a love of working with her hands. This lead her to leave her tropical homeland of Mauritius to study a Btech in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at CPUT, Cape Town.
Genevieve discovered that her passion lay in teaching early on in her jewellery career and feels most at home in a jeweller’s workshop, experimenting with various designs and techniques.