Life is a rich tapestry of stories interwoven and inspired by those who came before. We often negate the importance that ancestry plays in our current lifestyles.
With a yearning to hear the intimate stories of craftsmen/women around the world, I set off on exploratory sojurns to places where the calling of such storytelling was the strongest. The entire experience of travel – namely the journey, the stories, the textures and not least of all the people – left an indelible mark on my life. I realised then, that their story was my story….our story. It revealed to me that the desire for community, for belonging, is the thread that binds us as human beings.
The beauty and hearts of the people who welcomed me into their studios and homes and sat with me, sharing the legacy of many generations of artisans, evoked a passion within me that I thought had long since died. I have been moved and humbled by those with whom we connected and needed to give their narratives a voice so that others too, could understand and experience the magic and purpose of their creativity as I had.
Further, it was my dream to curate a collection of inspiring products in such a way as to ignite the senses of all those who experienced them; by giving people a tangible, tactile sense of the handcrafted artefacts, clothing and homeware which we had selected. This rationale manifested in our first trunk show held on the 11th, 12th and 13th August at Beechwood Gardens in Hyde Park. The tranquillity and splendour of the gardens resonated beautifully with The Storer’s ethos of slowing down and connecting with nature.
The underlying premise of our Trunk Show is our way of paying homage, not only to those who entrusted us with re-telling their unique methods of crafting, handed down through generations, but equally so to those who took the time to withdraw from the frenetic pace of Johannesburg life to spend the day with us. Our visitors relaxed on the lush lawns, immersed in an ambience of live jazz, sampling our delicious taste menu and browsing through products conducive to enhancing ‘the slow life’ and ‘living in the moment’. As a community, we feel richer for having connected with you; and we hope you found as much joy as us, by sharing The Storer experience.
Special thanks goes to the following, who collaborated with us to make this show a success:
Linda Galvad from Sought after Seedlings; Sharita Singh Madhav from Holistic Healing
Connection; Quench Craft Cocktails; Tart Cakes; The team from Bean There Coffee,
Lil Kitchen; MlungisiGegana for the Live Jazz; Beechwood Gardens; Christopher and
Suzanne Greig,; Janita Janssen from Yoga Lama; One Juice