Ostrich shell is one of the more versatile and practical organic mediums to work with in terms of decorative finishes. It has a warm, sensual and tactile look but is durable and heat and water resistant (within reason). The eggshell can be applied to flat and round surfaces (convex and concave) and to most materials from wood to steel, from glass and ceramics, to rock, resin and acrylic.
Once there was a lone artist experimenting with the natural materials to be found in the vast expanses around him, now there is a company exporting globally, with a beautiful AVOOVA boutique located in the Alfred Mall at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. The eye-catching, creamy veneers created with thousands of shards of ostrich eggshell – AVOOVA’s hallmark – are a testament to an artist’s curiosity and the beauty of nature.
The story of AVOOVA, with pictures by acclaimed South African photographer Obie Oberholzer and narrated by luxury interiors commentator, Lucia van der Post. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to charity, uplifting the lives of a Karoo community.