Beaded Brilliance

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BY GABRIELLE HOLLIDAY SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING THURSDAY JUL 13, 2017

Walking through the bustling and crowded streets of Harare, Zimbabwe on one of his buying trips two and a half years ago, owner of Nontando, Gary Stern, stumbled upon a man named Bernard. Handcrafting original wire and bead sculptures to sell to tourists and locals alike, each piece in Bernard’s portfolio can take up to 80 hours to make, as he painstakingly places each bead in the correct spot to create detailed representations from the accumulation of individual hues. This sculpture of a giraffe stands almost four feet tall with thousands of brown and white beads intricately wrapped around the wire frame. Adding a touch of whimsy to any room, the one-of-a-kind beaded sculpture’s rich backstory will be a talking point for years to come.

Photo by Gabrielle Holliday.

Nontando, 6578 Gateway Avenue, Sarasota, 941-929-7844.

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