My Story

Being creative has been ‘who I am’ & what I always seemed to naturally gravitate to since I was a child. I took art throughout my school career & studied Interior Design at Natal Technikon for 3 years after matric. After I graduated, I got my first 'real' job up in Johannesburg as a junior interior designer. About a year later, the travel bug bit & off I went to the UK, and ended up staying for 4 years. Upon my return to SA I started up my own interior design business & had FNB as a major client. Shortly after this I had my first child, my daughter Roxy, & being new to motherhood, thought I could continue working as per usual with a baby....how wrong I was! So I stopped working full time & picked up working 5 years later when my 2nd child, my son Reece was almost 2 years old. This venture came about by chance...we heard about a concrete paving & tile manufacturing factory that was up for sale & thought it would be a good way to generate an extra income & give me something to keep busy with. Little did I realise at the time just how big an impact buying that concrete factory would be. This is where I was introduced to mosaics & the idea of making them myself.  

Fast forward to the 2008/9 recession and things were not looking good for any development & not great either for a business relying on the building industry. I tried a joint venture which ended as fast as it began, and I was left wondering, "so where to from here"? 

I tried to figure what I thought was worth investing my time, energy & soul into. I certainly didn't intend or ever dream of owning a mosaic company when I was younger. Life happens, and I found myself at a cross road in my life. I was being strongly urged to 'get a proper job' and I knew if I did I would also be giving up my desire to be alongside my kids as they journeyed through childhood. I wanted to have an active part in their lives, witnessing their triumphs & achievements and being there for them for the bumps along the way. So I made a choice to make a go of what I thought could work & what I had been playing around with (the mosaics) while I had the concrete business. 

I started in my garage, with my loyal & trusted staff member Tangi, who was an employee at the concrete business. Many of you will know Tangi and what a great person he is if you have ever visited my shop. He is always the friendliest, happiest person, nothing is too much for him. What a blessing to me & this business he is. We have journeyed together, coming up with recipes & formulas for making our tiles, starting with a small selection of tiles, selling through other retail stores, to getting my own shop at Ngwenya, to going online & moving this year to a bigger shop. 

Having recently acquired a laser cutter I can see things moving in an exciting and new direction too...incorporating the tiles and laser cut items, lets see where we go.

And that, friends, is my story so far.

Please follow me on social networks, FaceBook, Instagram & Pinterest to see where the journey takes us!

- Kim - 

 

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