Angelika Eichas and Petra Naruses of Rustic Wire & Beads are the creative minds and capable hands behind a range of wired, beaded and recycled light-fittings, lampshades, mobiles and decorative craft for the home. The arrangement of their handmade items at their stall in the Namibia Craft Centre has the unique ability to draw the visitor’s eyes upwards into a suspended wonderland of wire, wire-mesh and beaded light-fittings.
Using recycled material such as beer-bottle tops, caps, wire, bicycle tyres, makalani shells and old zinc sheets, the women create a remarkable variety of popular lampshades and light-fittings within the parametres of an urbanised aesthetic. The combination of hauntingly rural Namibian colour palettes (earthy browns, rusty reds, sandy tans) with bright, shiny wire-mesh or dulled rusted wire, lend an almost otherworldly ‘look and feel’ to the mobiles and light-fittings made by Eichas and Naruses.
Rustic Wire & Beads opened for business in 2005. Angelika and Petra created a unique space for themselves on the Namibian decor landscape by seizing the opportunity to offer something different to the discerning decorator. Their handmade light-fittings in particular are versatile enough to stylishly compliment the interiors of both chic urban and elegant, rural farmsteads. The natural materials (acacia seeds, old zinc, pips, pods, and driftwood) combined in the making of the mobiles, a welcome addition to any home, betray an artistically-oriented patterned organisation makers Angelika and Petra share.
A visit to Rustic Wire & Beads is compulsory for the homemaker or decorator who seeks uniquely Namibian yet sophisticated handmade accessories for the home.