Meet the Artist
Mieke is a stone carver. She makes sculptures by hand in her home studio and gallery under a grove of acacia trees. Her latest sculpture hangs from a tree adding a new dimension as it moves in the wind, while another one was recently exhibited at the Venice Arts Biennale. Originally from the Netherlands, Mieke has called Zambia and Tanzania home for over thirty years. She worked with leather for several years before discovering her passion for stone. According to her, the stone itself radiates an energy that flows from earth into the universe and is the primary theme of her work. Her sculptures vary from abstracts to human faces, torso and the back. Recently she discovered stones in Kondoa region near the 10,000 yrs old rock paintings in Tanzania and uses them in her work. She is always excited to teach and collaborate with musicians, dancers, writers, anyone who is open to developing their unique creative expression. Karibuni!
The VAWAA experience includes
Learning about different types of local stone and their properties.
Understanding basic principles, processes, and tools used in stone carving.
Picking your stone and sketching a design.
Chiseling, filing, water sandpapering, and waxing the stone to finish.
All tools and materials.
Coffee, tea, homemade biscuits and lunch.