A while ago, while searching for something completely different – I stumbled accross images of wired hangers with names on and got completely sidetracked. I contacted Yolande via the Facebook page for The Desert Rose Project to find out more.
Tell us more about yourself, your career background, interests and hobbies
Art was introduced to me by my grandmother at a very early age and so photography came into my life. Today, I am a professional photographer and have been shooting professionally for six years. I studied photography at City Varsity, Cape Town 2002. My interests are anything to do with art – I love, breath and live art. My hobbies include making ceramic vessels, mosaic installations and painting. Reading about art and design is also important to me, because I believe design plays a big role in our life. (Yolande)
I am Tendai Alifandika, and from Zimbabwe. I am married and have three children. Since I was a kid, I started making toys out of wire and so it grew into a career. I love making the big five out of wire. My interest is success and my hobbies are swimming and football.
When and why did you start the business?
A lot of thought and detail goes into planning a wedding and out of personal experience, as a wedding photographer and bride, I can say that when everything comes together, it looks spectacular. Unfortunately, there is only one thing that gets looked over, the hanger used to present and carry your wedding dress. The dreadful white plastic hanger. I get chills just thinking about it.
My love for recycling and the need to give back what I receive, presented me with the idea of customizable hangers to use for the “wedding dress” shot and as a gift for the bride. Something special goes a long way :)
In collaboration with local wire artist, Tendai, who also believes in recycling, we came up with a few original designs. Tendai is really talented and creates magnificent sculptures out of wire. His life size Madiba wire sculpture was the first thing that got me interested in meeting the artist.
Tendai is always kind and ready for something new. The Desert Rose Project was started to support Tendai. All the income goes to him. Also, when we have a busy month, Tendai employs extra hands to help him with the beading.
How would you describe your business and what do you offer?
The Desert Rose Project sells original wire hangers for wedding dresses, children’s clothing and baby nurseries. We do custom name hangers and beautiful beaded heart hangers. Different sizes are available.
We also do wire letters, table names and key rings that can be used as wedding favours.
Our products make very special gifts to brides and bridesmaids. Just an extra special touch to a photo can make a very big difference. Also, the Desert Rose hanger can be used after the wedding as a decor piece in your bedroom or baby’s nursery.
Tendai can make anything out of wire as per request.
Where are your products available?
My office is in Durbanville, Cape Town. The Desert Rose hangers are international travellers, so we can send any order with speed courier services or normal registered post. Orders can be made by email or on our Facebook page.
What inspires you?
Tendai inspires me. He is hard working and always helpful. His smile always makes my day. An artist that loves what he does. Also, my husband, parents and grandmother. They have always believed in me and this has helped me to believe in The Desert Rose Project. (Yolande)
My family inspires me. My son was the 2010 and 2011 student of the year at Unisa, which inspires me to work hard and provide for my family. “God is available when asked for help.” – Tendai
For orders or enquiries:
Cell number 082 470 1918
Studio number 021 975 6132
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If it is different, made with love and contains Italian parsley or rosemary, I love it! I'm inspired by my daughter, born Sept 2010, a good latte served with a pretty piece of cake or even better: a carrot and cream cheese-centered muffin. I live by the motto "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day". May you be inspired to live a lovilee life! -