The Collector and the Artist
From traditional to contemporary, telephone wire baskets tell stories and amaze with their pattern and detail. The rich tradition of the Zulu nation and traditional patterns from sources including beadwork, basketry, clothing and houses inspire the weavers and are apparent in their work. Not simply design but stories and commentary on mythology and history can be found in the baskets.
As an introduction, I am David Arment, an art consultant and collector based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Dallas, Texas. I have been called the telephone wire Fundi, a complement I love.
My partner in all things telephone wire is my African sister, Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Marisa is the designer. collaborator and source of the best wire work coming out of Durban, South Africa. She has collaborated with everyone, from Herve DiRosa to Christian Dior.
Her company ZenZulu is the best place to source baskets.