There’s a story behind all of the products featured in our launch collection and today I thought I would write about our fabulous, funky, hand printed and hand painted African cushions from Maid in Africa, which I discovered and fell in love with whilst on a wonderful road trip through Nambia seven years ago.
The design duo behind the range, Micha and Andrew Weir, were inspired to create Maid in Africa in 2006 to generate extra work for Priscilla, a young mother who had been diagnosed HIV positive and had lost her housekeeping job. As she became weaker she wanted to be productive and so combining their creative knowledge with their ability to screen print, Maid in Africa was born. Sadly Priscilla has since passed away but the company continues to employ out of work domestic workers.
Like all the products in the Maud interiors collection, the Maid in Africa cushions are handmade. Each cushion, detailing exotic flora and fauna from southern African life and well known brands, like Get Rich and Lucky Strike, is hand printed in black onto white cotton and then individually hand painted so no two cushions are alike. The cushions are backed with a mix of traditional African prints and come with a plump duck feather inner pad.
There are three different styles in the collection:
In Africa there is a saying “What you cannot carry on your head you can most probably live without.”
Recently featured in Lancashire Life magazine: http://www.lancashirelife.co.uk/homes-gardens/interiors
Mermaid – our competition prize this month
We are giving away one of these fabulous Mermaid designs in dark blue.
See our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/maudinteriors for details on how you can enter but hurry as the competition ends on 2nd September 2013.
Our one-of-a-kind, African cushions, from Maid in Africa, are ideal for injecting some colour into a room or sprucing up a tired sofa or chair. Use them individually to create a focal point or mix and match them to create an eye-popping riot of colours and imagery.