Art: The Fynbos After The Fire
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Art: The Fynbos After The Fire

Reactions When a fire blazes across Table Mountain, one of the few benefits is the germination of dormant fynbos seeds. In fact, without fire, fynbos would gradually die out. It’s one of nature’s most powerful allegories: that out of something so violent, so destructive and so powerful, can come something so beautiful, so unique, so precious. This is what I was thinking about when I went to interview Lorraine Loots, miniature artist extraordinaire, Instagram sensation and my friend of 10 years. Photo by Frances Marais Lorraine Loots rose to international fame after completing a “Business Acumen for Artists” course at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Every participant of the course had to pitch an idea to a panel upon completion. Loots, who had struggled with the idea of being an artist or, more specifically, had struggled with the idea of selling her art, did the pitch but had no intention of following through. “The course had been so enlightening but I didn’t want to put my work into that business realm. I wanted to be an artist on the side with a boring 9-5 job that pays the bills… My work had always been so sentimental to me […]

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