Netshomi Zam describes a collaboration and friendship that began in the early 2000s, culminating in the formal registration of the partnership in 2013.
Wire artist Mike Carella and all-around creative Riaan de Villiers Hanekom were colleagues at an iconic and innovative enterprise that specialised in wire and bead art. Independently, and in their spare time, both started experimenting with different techniques in welding and beading; Mike with beaded human busts and Riaan with three-dimensional animal heads. Their first collaboration was on a life-size, fully and intricately beaded sculpture of Nelson Mandela, which led to the commission of another, larger sculpture of Mandela, after which many commissions and groundbreaking designs would follow and eventually birth a company that was born of trust, friendship, and a passion for designing and creating the very finest wire and bead art.
Netshomi Zam is proud of its legacy thus far, and the influence it has had on the greater wire and bead industry.
A commitment to social upliftment, conservation, and innovation remains at the core of Netshomi Zam and we welcome you to view our products, become a friend, and hopefully buy a piece of Africa to call your own