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The Artisan project. Tandem Design

Tandem Design are a Johannesburg based design studio manufacturing custom furniture and homeware. They work using a variety of materials with emphasis on natural components, detail and joinery. Other than their work being fantastic, they are just such open and welcoming people. I am privileged to have spent time with them in their space. You can find out more about them and their work here:
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A person who practices a trade or handicraft that produces something in limited quantities often using traditional methods.

I love the smell of a furniture makers workshop. The sawdust in the air and the feel of the wood under my fingers is a memory I will never forget.

I often tell the story of my father making me take accounting to my final year at school instead of woodwork. It is one of the big regrets in my life and possibly this series is a way to live vicariously through artisans and using my skills as a photographer and filmmaker to showcase their skills in creating beautiful objects.

The Artisan Project was always intended to be a way for me to create content for my portfolio to attract commercial work. And to do that and to get buy in from the Artisans, I have covered all the costs for the projects. It also meant that I had to be the director, camera operator, sound engineer, editor and chief bottle washer.

I am loving every minute of this project.

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