Meet the Artist
Mieke is a stone carver. She makes sculptures by hand in her home studio and gallery under a grove of acacia trees. Her latest sculpture hangs from a tree adding a new dimension as it moves in the wind, while another one was recently exhibited at the Venice Arts Biennale. Originally from the Netherlands, Mieke has called Zambia and Tanzania home for over thirty years. She worked with leather for several years before discovering her passion for stone. According to her, the stone itself radiates an energy that flows from earth into the universe and is the primary theme of her work. Her sculptures vary from abstracts to human faces, torso and the back. Recently she discovered stones in Kondoa region near the 10,000 yrs old rock paintings in Tanzania and uses them in her work. She is always excited to teach and collaborate with musicians, dancers, writers, anyone who is open to developing their unique creative expression. Karibuni!
The VAWAA experience includes
- Learning about different types of local stone and their properties.
- Understanding basic principles, processes, and tools used in stone carving.
- Picking your stone and sketching a design.
- Chiseling, filing, water sandpapering, and waxing the stone to finish.
- All tools and materials.
- Coffee, tea, homemade biscuits and lunch.
It usually takes 35-40 hrs to create a stone sculpture weighing approximately 20 kg. We recommend taking a break after 4 days to visit a national park, hike Mt. Meru or go for an overnight bike ride. Upon your return, you can spend remaining days finishing the sculpture. Please note, the price of stone varies based on weight and may have an additional cost. Airport pick up is available for an additional fee. Ask when you send a booking request.