Streetwires has been in business since 2000 and in that time we have built an impressive catalogue of the finest, most original wire and bead art available in South Africa. A passionate focus on design along with attention to detail has led to a range unsurpassed in scope and quality. From our superb wire and bead trophy heads to our wire and bead accessories and home-ware, Streetwires offers the finest of South African craft.
What started with a chance encounter between a wire-artist and an entrepreneur that led to a small operation in a garage with less than a handful of artists has grown into a bustling operation with over 30 artists employed full-time! Streetwires was inspired by the original artist (one of the original co-founders), who had to wear so many caps, and solve so many problems to make a living on his own as an independent artist. Many wire-artists work in isolation in an unregulated industry and really struggle to make things work. They have to contend with other artists copying their work, unreliable sources of raw materials, haggling of customers – while still trying to design, make and sell their work.
Here at Streetwires, we solve this problem. The artists we create employment for, are given a safe environment to work. They are mentored and trained where possible, and they can sit down and be creative. They don’t need to worry about selling the pieces, or sourcing and paying for the raw materials. As an organisation, Streetwires takes care of this, and that is why we rely so much on, and appreciate all our wonderful customers who assist us with regular orders.