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Renown South African artist and designer Carrol Boyes dies

BY 15.08.19

Cape Town - South African artist Carrol Boyes died on Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 65. 

Carrol was the founder, creator and CEO of The Carrol Boyes retailer in Cape Town.

Company spokesperson Michelé Stuurman confirmed the tragic news, saying: "Carrol will be remembered for her love, her story and her quirky creativity."

A fine arts graduate with a major in sculpture from the University of Pretoria, she was initially an English teacher until at the age of 35 when she decided to follow her dream of becoming an artist.

Boyes used pewter and unconventional designs for the extensive collection of cutlery that rapidly become her trademark, fashioning spoon handles in the shape of a streamlined diving figure, for example.

She created a distinctive brand of cutlery and flatware, later branching out into home fabrics, that attracted an international clientele and is sold in 30 countries.

Carrol leaves our nation with a legacy of excellence, unity, empowerment and pioneering functional art. She will be greatly missed. The SACO team wishes to express their sincere condolences to the family in this sad time.

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