Meet Nic Bladen.
“He is a Cape Town sculptor and jewelry designer Nic Bladen began merging his knowledge of dental technology and bronze casting to create a unique way of preserving plants. Today, his designs are worn by celebrities and his beautifully detailed floral sculptures have been exhibited all over the world.” – An extract from the Kalkbay Modern Art Gallery.
I bumped into Nics’ work a few years ago in a gallery in Kommetjie, but his work has been displayed all around the world. And has it would happen, he works from a studio across the parking lot of the yacht club where we are currently based, so I popped by for an interview. He flung open the windows of the upstairs studio and pulled a chair across the wooden floor.
The chat was all around the intricate detail, passion and a lot of patience that Nic needs and apply to his work.
His studio is a little hidden, but you can find it on Google. There is a small tea garden, open on weekends, where you are free to have a browse through some of his work.
You can also find more about him on www.nicbladen.com
Although there is some traces of him on social media, you have better luck bumping into him in the field.
Music credit: Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Road Trippin