THE HUNGRY RED LION, art and empowerment at Rorke's Drift, Thabana Li Mele and Oodi

: Gowenius (P.)

R 699.00
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207pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, First South African English Edition, Cape Town, 2021


Fist published in 2018 in Swedish as Blå Jakaranda - mitt tack till Afrika.

Peder Gowenius and his late wife Ulla, under the auspices of the Swedish Committee for the Advancement of African Arts and Crafts, started the renowned art and craft centre at Rorke’s Drift in KwaZulu-Natal in 1962, followed by Thabana Li Mele Art and Craft Centre in Lesotho and Oodi Weavers in Botswana.

Peder Gowenius (b. 1936) studied sculpture in Stockholm. In 1959 he married fellow student and textile designer Ulla Kylberg (1934–2005). They arrived in South Africa in 1961, established the arts and crafts centre at Rorke's Drift in 1963, and started a new project at Thabana Li Mele five years later. 

In 1970 Peder and Ulla were forced to leave Lesotho due to political unrest. In South Africa, Peder was declared a Prohibited Immigrant, arrested and deported. In 1972 they established Oodie Weavers in Botswana, returning to Sweden in 1978.