Carrol Boyes is ‘n bekende Suid-Afrikaanse ontwerper. Sy spreek sosiokulturele kwessies aan omdat die vervaardigingsproses van haar produkte baie arbeidsintensief is, en sy werk skep vir baie mense.
Functional Art verskaf werk aan 400 mense binne seisoen en 250 buite-seisoen. Die hoofkantoor in Kaapstad verskaf ook werk aan 100 mense . Al die werkers kry gelyke geleenthede om aan alle fasette van die besigheid deel te neem. Carrol Boyes is ingestel op die verbetering van mense se lewensomstandighede en neem hierdie rol ernstig op. Sy het ook die kompetisie Metal begin om jong talent op te spoor en te ontwikkel .
Pewter lepel-stel – Die lepel-stel se handvatsels word gemaak van piouter en die lepels se holtes van vlekvrye staal . Abstrakte en figuratiewe vorms word gebruik . Daar is spirale en golwende kurwes. Metaaloppervlakke is glansend met subtiele duikies van die oorspronklike kleimodellering.
The simple, geometric patterning used by ancient civilizations influences Boyes. Her highly stylised figures, mostly in very active poses, remind one of the figures used in San rock art.
Carrol Boyes has a wide variety of lifestyle products, which range from cutlery, flatware, and tableware to a large selection of gift items. Her trademark in terms of innovative use of materials is the fusion of pewter, aluminium and stainless steel, in combination with leather and wood. In her search for exclusivity and choosing to work in pewter because of its malleability and versatility, she combined her talent in sculpture and knowledge of metalwork to create distinctive and unique pewter handles which is still her trademark today. In spite of the volume she produces in her factory, no two items are the same. The products are first made in moulds and then finished off by hand. Carrol Boyes is mostly inspired by the human figure. This is apparent in her work – human figures often form the handles of a piece of cutlery or mug, or they can be used to form the two sides of a magazine rack.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ONE DESIGN: Beer Mug:
Her innovative beer mug shows a functional object made in pewter which is more durable than glass or ceramic. The mug is very sleek in its finish. The form is very stylised and simplified. The smoothness of the form makes gives it a pleasing tactile quality. The handle is very strategically shaped to make it comfortable for the beer drinker to hold. The handle design has been influenced by indigenous art, namely San art. Although the FIGURE is three-dimensional its influence has been derived from two-dimensional San painting.
This work was first modelled in clay and then cast in pewter. The form is unevenly rounded, heavy and chunky, reminiscent of hand-hewn, ancient, metal bowls. A highly simplified rounded FIGURE with arms stretching around the edge of the bowl emerges from one side of the outer wall. The pewter has been buffed to a smooth, sensuous, gleaming finish on the outside, which is enhanced by the contrasting, unpolished, rough inner walls. The gleaming silver of the pewter lends a luxurious quality to the work and subtly reflects shapes and colours from its surroundings. Organic, circular line dominates the work.