Phumzile a mother and daughter has followed informal tuition in the arts by assisting many embroiders, knitters and weavers in her hometown of Katlehong. She has come a long way since, forging an individual identity as a female black artist.
She joined Artist Proof Studio in 2005 for NQF4 Product Design & Development, where her embroidery skill could be developed and put to good use. She did not really have a mentor, she had to do her best in a male dominated industry. Phumzile had already learned the basic knowledge of art, and she craved craft.
‘Art is famous for producing poor icons,’ Phumzile confesses from the onset, lamenting the lack of security for women in society among the many pitfalls artists must contend with on a daily basis.