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Librarian transforms discarded bottles into beautiful craftwork



Monyamane started collecting bottles and buying wool in 2018 to follow his passion for art.

Vanderbijlpark resident Tseko Monyamane had always known that his passion lay in arts and crafts, but he had no idea how to start.

But gradually, the librarian found his mojo after trying painting, drawing and even wood crafting. By 2018, he had started practising bottle craft after watching videos on YouTube.

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On weekends Monyamane scoured dumpsites for bottles, especially liquor bottles because they come in a variety of shapes.

After weeks of trial and error, he found himself grabbing a ball of wool and weaving it artistically around a whiskey bottle, adding different colours as he went along, he told The Citizen.

“I wanted to use my hands to produce beautiful things, I couldn’t stop thinking about art,” he said.

Librarian by day, craftsman by night

The 39-year-old works as a librarian at the North West University (NWU) Vanderbijlpark campus.

His passion for arts and crafts saw him start collecting bottles and buying heaps of colourful wool packs in March 2018.

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