Since the COVI-19 pandemic hit the creative industry hard, craftsmen are some of the artists facing a tough time.
For in instance, Kago Edwin Moitobi who is a master of the outdoor space has had to cancel some of his plans in response to the lockdown imposed by government in the wake of the pandemic.
In his vocation, Moitobi is the man who provides that picturesque view of the splash-and-sparkle of water fountains in his home village of Letlhakane.
From beautiful plants pot s to crafting fountain designs, Moitobi makes his crafts for both commercial and residential use. He makes his designs to precise specifications using cement and wire to shape his products.
In his craft reordering appraisal, he observed that: “COVID-19 is a disaster for the world and a very significant eye-opener to many. I had time to research and evaluate myself so that I can find ways in which I can develop myself and my craft,” he told Arts & Culture in an interview.
Moitobi said during the lockdown he had the chance to uplift his skills and business with a proper mindset and focus.
“I believe anybody can go further with that and I hope I stick to the trail,” he revealed.
Looking back, Moitobi said he started crafting in 2018 to keep unemployment blues away.
“The road keeps me going. Year 2018 was really rough for me. I was unemployed and I had to do something. I was broke so I woke
The artist who has a passion for serenity said he had always known that he was good at art.
“It’s amazing how destiny sometimes tends to find its way to back to us. I was always an upper credit student in my secondary school years, so art has always been a gift. It’s a purpose I’m trying to fulfil and I am very dedicated to my work since I love it more than one can imagine,” he keenly revealed.
Disclosing that he is mostly challenged by time he had this to say: “For detail, precision and quality to an eye, a craft product has to have that sense of life. I believe that’s how I vary from other craftsmen. I bring a sense of feeling and life to my craft. I do art full-time and I strongly believe I will be for the longest time. I have a motto I abide by, “hands of the gifted,” he highlighted.
Moitobi also said he believes he has to touch a few souls to bring the beauty of life, peace and freedom through his craftsmanship. He said despite all challenges facing him, he would always adhere to conceptualising and creating a beautifully engineered work of art to ensure that his craft carries the necessary aura.