Shop local and shop sustainably with Woolworths’ latest reusable shopping bag, featuring a beautifully designed print by local artist Amy Ayanda. For every bag sold, R10 is donated to The Woolworths Trust to help communities produce more food and earn a living. Artist and musician Amy Ayanda Lester from Cape Town uses her coastal landscape to draw inspiration for her dreamy painting and prints of proteas, fynbos and the familiar silhouette of Table Mountain that recur in both her illustrative work and her more impressionistic canvas pieces.
Amy uses themes of longing and belonging while reflecting on her ancestors’ connections to the land. Her work is a gentle and intimate interaction with home. The mother’s body, a mountain, a beach—all of these are gentle reminders of real and imagined places that we can always come back to.
“Finding Joy” by Amy Ayanda was inspired by the surroundings, particularly her great-flower grandmother’s farm in Constantia, from which her family was forcibly relocated as a result of the Group Areas Act. With dew drops embellishing the landscape and honey birds breaking their fast on the nectar of our beloved fynbos, the “finding Joy” painting’s rich colors and patterns represent the rising of a new day.