An international artist is expanding his portfolio with the launch of a range of soft furnishings with a percentage of profits donated to two conservation charities.
Jacha Potgieter, who lives and works in Snowdonia, North Wales, is an artist who has consistently refused to be pigeonholed throughout his career. Already working across art forms including painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics, Jacha is now stepping into a new creative realm with the launch of a range of soft furnishings.
The range of interior products includes cushion covers, table cloths, tea towels and scarves. All of them feature the distinctive vibrant imagery seen in his ‘Walk Through Life’ mixed media collage print collection. It is Jacha’s hope this new range of products will introduce his work – and the good causes he supports – to new audiences.
“The ‘Walk Through Life’ collection is a series of autobiographical prints. The images I’ve used in each piece are a representation of the places I’ve travelled, people I’ve met and moments I’ve experienced throughout my life. I am a keen collector of textiles, the fabrics I’ve used in the prints are ones I have spent years collecting on my travels.
“The natural world, and protecting it, is a huge part of who I am. As such, it features heavily in this collection of prints and hopefully will raise awareness of species under threat or at risk of extinction.”
Any products purchased from the collection will see 10% of profits donated to charity, with the amount evenly split between Ape Action Africa and Orangutan Appeal UK.
Originally from South Africa, Jacha spent his early career and education focusing on conservation. It is an interest that has continued to this day and serves as a constant inspiration for his efforts, with a percentage of sales proceeds regularly being donated to animal or conservation charities.
Jacha’s work lies in private collections the world over, from Australia to America, Turkey to France, Bermuda to Belgium, Greece to Norway, and of course South Africa. His paintings have also been auctioned at charity events hosted by household names like Sir David Attenborough in support of charities such as Hope 4 Apes, REST Namibia and Orangutan Appeal UK, for which Jacha is also a trustee.
Full details of the new range, as well as Jacha’s other artworks for sale, can be found on the website of Platform Galeri, an exhibition space at Betws Railway Station in Snowdonia owned by Jacha and his wife, Gwyn.