PORKY HEFER’S ENDANGERED BEASTS
South African artist Porky Hefer heads to Design Miami/Basel next week, taking with him yet another collection of exotic beasts – and these ones are just a naptime dream!
The artist’s new collection includes an orangutan, a polar bear, a sloth, a blue whale, and a great white shark – all endangered species making up a design story commissioned on behalf of the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation (LDF) for conservation.
Titled Endangered, the pods were produced using eco-friendly and recycled materials that have been hand-worked by artisans in Cape Town. Hefer worked closely with textile artist Ronel Jordaan and craft collectives Heart Works and Mielie to create his giant, tactile sculptures whose surfaces have been crocheted, felted, stitched and embroidered with unique embellishments.