Made in the ’Plain

Strandfontein resident Mario Oostendurp speaks about the market.

Proudly Strandfontein is calling on crafters, artists and designers to be part of the Made in Mitchell’s Plain (MIMP) market.

Strandfontein resident Mario Oostendurp, who is the founder of the Proudly Strandfontein civic organisation, said he is encouraging residents to take part in the market.

Mr Oostendurp said he has the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), a non-profit company, on board and will also be inviting corporates to the event.

“The aim of the MIMP market is to showcase local art, craft, design and talent, which in turn will be a proud display of local enterprise and a great way of inviting visitors to the greater Mitchell’s Plain,” he said.

Mr Oostendurp said the CCDI will run workshops to help residents improve their products. “We have the support of our councillors Eddie Andrews and Elton Jansen, so all we need now is more people on board, a venue and date. We are looking at hosting the event in the next month, but we need enough people, for when the visitors and corporates arrive,” he said.

Mr Oostendurp said at an arts and craft market held in Bayview during December they identified the need to recognise, promote and embrace the talents of local artists. “The market will further create the opportunity for residents to improve their lifestyles by providing a platform for part-time employment. The trend of community markets have become a popular industry that has been growing rapidly over the past few years.

“This is largely due to a trend within communities where families spend more time within their own areas seeking alternative recreational activities to participate in together,” he said.

He said the MIMP Initiative aims to fulfil a niche in the greater Mitchell’s Plain community. “Visitors to the market will find craftsmen and women selling traditional fabrics, jewellery, clothing, ceramics and other unique hand-crafted decor and art items that make the perfect souvenir or gift,” he said.

Mr Oostendurp said the market proposes to launch soon and will run every Saturday at a suitable, permanent location.

“We are inviting all our creative residents, painters, crafters and designers. You often see flea markets around Mitchell’s Plain and the crafters get lost somewhere between the stalls, so we are inviting you to this event, showcase your work and talent,” he said.

Residents can call Mr Oostendurp on 060 507 0962 or 083 300 8389.