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It’s starting to look like an obsession isn’t it.  African recycling.  I can’t get enough of it.  This wonderful collar comes courtesy of National Geographic magazines. The paper is cut and rolled forming the long beads. Its made by a Ugandan, Sanaa Gateja.  Is there no end to innovative uses of things that have already had a life as something else?  I love it to pieces.

The wallhanging below is made by using the same technique.  I especially loved the story with this one.  It’s called “Change”.  The beads were made using Barack Obama’s presidential campaign literature. It was made by Algernon Miller in collaboration with Sanaa Gateja and the Kwetu African Women’s Association, Uganda.

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While I’m on the subject of beads.  Here’s a couple of magnificent works using conventional beads by two South African artists

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Bongiswa Ntobela (South Africa, b.1968)

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Noluvuyo Niza (South Africa, B.1985) under the guidance of master beader Mangutshana Nontanga (South Africa, b. 1967)

I bring these offerings to you from The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) New York City, December 2010.