From an Amazon email, I learned that there is going to be a book on Monkeybiz, a South African project reviving beadwork by providing beads to disadvantaged women in Cape Town. They can work from home, and still look after their family and avoid transportation costs. This nonprofit organization puts profits back into the community through fair payment for bead art, and provision of community services. Their beadwork has traveled the world, from Norway to Madison Avenue.
There was a collection of Monkeybiz beadwork on display November 2007 at the Hennepin County Government Center (where I helped display the Bead Quilt several years ago). I took some pictures, and got them out of my files to share. Enjoy!
September 26, 2014 EDIT:
I think I bought THIS elephant!
I was in a local thrift shop this week, and I saw a flash of pink beads as I was walking through the home decor area. I tugged out a pink beaded elephant from the bottom shelf – someone had bent the legs to fit on the shelf. I thought, “Monkeybiz?” – and bought it. I brought it home, image searched it, and found the picture – on my own blog. In my defense, if you glance at the post date on this, I wrote this in 2008, and I saw the beadwork in 2007. Now, sitting down to reply to a kind comment that the original link was broken and fix the link, I look at the picture again. On the blue part of the head, you see a jag in the diamond by the lower part of the ear as the artist left out the pink beads. The one I bought? The same thing! Wow.