Orange Babies is an NGO foundation that was established to help pregnant women, their babies and children, all affected by HIV. Orange Babies offers information programs and medical care, and builds orphanages, maternity clinics and shelters for these women and children.
Fundraising is a huge part of Orange Babies and one of the ways they fundraise is via art. Right now Lift for Orange Babies is a pop up shop at 44 Stanley in Milpark, Johannesburg, and it is just brilliant. The pop up store is beautifully curated, showcasing clothing, art, furniture, books, ceramics and accessories, and is so worth popping in to.
The products are all designer quality and designer brands, diverse and rather magnificent. I love the range of Orange Babies ceramic plates which are divine and real collector items. Each is designed by a different South African artist and is creative, unique and inspiring.
Clothing is by Black Coffee, Lunar and Tshepo the Jeanmaker.Jewellery is by Kirsten Goss and there is art by Sam Nhlengethwa, Robyn Penn and Danny Myburgh. There are actually over fifty artists who have contributed to this pop up store, too many too mention, all quite outstanding.
A hundred percent of the profits go to Orange Babies and their multiple projects. There are artworks that are well priced and I saw a dress that is just divine. The show is a visual feast, even if you don’t buy anything, go and have a look. The little orange baby-grows hanging off a clothing line are too adorable.
The store will be open from now until 20 November 2016.
You are more than likely to bump into Jane from Melville Manor Guest House at Lift for Orange Babies. Jane is an art fundi and always knows the good galleries to visit. She has an amazing eye for art and may just own an Orange Babies piece already.
44 Stanley is a fab centre. Shop at Lucky Fish afterwards, have tea at Salvation Cafe or Vovo Telo and make a day of it. If you’re into Vintage clothing, then Wizards Vintage is for you. Take your credit card, ask your Johannesburg Guesthouse to arrange transport for you if you don’t have a car, use Uber, and go and have fun. And if you feel like getting involved, check out Orange Babies.