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Issie Potgieter

Issi Potgieter has been a member of the Somerset West Country Craft market for more than 16 years. Through the years she has tried her hand at many crafts – from rag dolls with embroidered faces to candlewicking and bullion stitch embroidery, trying to do it better and smaller all the time.

Frustrated by the fact that she had to wash her hands every time she wanted to embroider, she decided to move on to fabric painting and before long couldn’t keep up with the demand for her painted articles. Her work earned her an invitation to the Nottingham Arts and Crafts Convention in the United Kingdom. Currently specializing in freestyle decorative painting, Issi enjoys this because there are no rules and no limitations. She decided to share her trials, tribulations and successes in this craft form with a wider market. Her competitive nature drives her to be the best in what she does, therefore she is forever looking for shortcuts and easy ways to achieve the best possible finish.

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