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“Off the Cuff” with Ceramic Mosiac Artist, Jane du Rand

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA―Ceramic mosaic artist, Jane du Rand’s breathtaking artworks adorn the walls of numerous homes, hotels, spas and public spaces across South Africa and in distant locations such as Chile, The Netherlands, New York and the South of France. JournoNews was fortunate to catch-up with her for this week’s “Off the Cuff”.

My secret pleasure is … my morning cuppacino with a piece of Lindt dark chocolate.

My first job was … working as a photographer’s assistant, I thought it would be glamorous, but all I did was code negatives.

My most annoying habits are … being single minded and obstinate.

A clear childhood memory is … spending hours and hours in the swimming pool with my sister.

What makes me really nervous is … month ends!

The best advice my parents gave me was … to always give of my best in everything I do.

If I wasn’t an artist … I was going to be an architect.

I’m most thankful for … my wonderful family.

My favourite meal is … I really love fresh pasta with a very simple sauce.

A Villa wall in Antibes, South of France

This is a wall I did for a villa in Antibes, South of France

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … listening to criticism.

A song that resonates is … There are so many songs that have special meanings for certain stages in my life. The songs I listened to as a first year student are very different to what I listen to now, but as a schoolgirl, the first vinyl record I bought for my self was Annie Lennox in the Eurythmics, and Here Comes the Rain Again was my favourite, I still enjoy that song!

A book I love is … I love so many – I have 1000 favourites! I have recently enjoyed Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, I love all David Mitchell books and anything by Haruki Murakami.

My ‘happy place’ is … camping in the mountains with my family.

My most embarrassing memory is … possibly taking a disastrous blind date to my matric dance.

My hidden skill is … being quite organised, even though you wouldn’t think so looking at my studio.

Wall mosaic for Somerset West home.

Home in Somerset West near Cape Town. The site looks out onto the Hottentots Holland mountain range which is full of “fynbos” flower. The wall is covered in the fynbos flowers with a background depicting the rock folds of the mountains.

If I was a dog, I’d be a … Rhodesian Ridgeback, I think, but my husband says I’d be a Doberman!

It’s a bit corny but I love … reading stories with my children in bed every night.

I’m most at peace when … I am reading a good book or hiking in the mountains.

Mosaic wall for the villa in the South of France

Another wall I did for a villa in the South of France

Country I’d love to visit … Spain.

Favourite quote … I really don’t have a favourite quote, other than what my mother always said: something worth doing is worth doing well.

Jane at workJane du Rand Ceramic Mosaic Artist Facebook Page