The Aartvarks at the Oxford Christmas Lights festival

This weekend we set up our second pop up designer shop for the magnificent Oxford Lights Christmas festival. We were in amongst the hubuzz of Broad Street’, the food stalls, craft market, music and illuminations!. We were really happy to see so many of our friends, to meet new friends, and to showcase some of Cobus’s exceptional work. (Even if we do say so ourselves!). We were absolutely delighted with all the lovely comments.

While we are looking for a showroom to have these pieces on permanent display, these pop up shops are the only places to see (and touch!) our art. It’s so exciting to get out of the workshop and away from the building site for a few days to meet new people that appreciate good woodwork.

Thanks Oxford! Feeling very motivated to find that showroom, so please let us know if you know of anywhere!

New website, new logo, the aARTvarks are ready to go go go!

What to write what to write!!! Firstly, welcome to The aARTvark Collective! 

I thought I'd start by telling you where we got our name from. An Aardvark is a Southern African animal (suprisingly, as big as a small car bonnet), and comes across as genuinely calm, hard working animal, and all round nice chap. (Like Cobus!) In Afrikaans the translation is "earthpig". When thinking of our name we played around a bit and thought about calling ourselves "SwartVark"... being our surname... but we just couldn't stop laughing. So we are the African Artpig...aARTvark, and we are a collective of them... .including our dog Harry #aARTbark. 

It's fun, and a lot of hardwork being an aartvark. We hope to share with you some of the trials and tribulations, blood, sweat, laughter, and (some swearing) love, that goes in to creating our business and the beautiful pieces you see. You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook. We'd love people to get involved, share their art, ideas, inspirations; comment on our work, or just on how scruffy and cute Harry is. . 

Relaunching our company in the UK is the most exciting thing we have done in our lives, so we just want to say a hge thank you to all of those that have helped us get this far, so far. Our mums and pops, Megs, Julia, Robbo, especially to our Oxford family. You know who you are. You're all aARTvarks now!. : )

Love Cobus, Kate and Harry SwART.