With a passion for nature and a gift for fine art, Cape Town-based artist Deziree Smith founded the Whimsical Collection. In addition to empowering local communities through its workforce, the African Arts company creates exclusive pieces that are then printed as unexpected and unique gifts for the hospitality and tourism market, all in the name of wildlife conservation.
Her primary focus of her handcrafted and sustainable designs has been to promote and raise awareness for the plight of the rhino and that of other endangered African animals, the response to which has been overwhelming. Since its inception in 2013, the Whimsical Collection has proven such a hit that her pieces are now displayed at prestigious hotels, boutique accommodation and celebrity homes the world over. Closer to home, the range is sold all over Africa in more than 105 tourism gift stores.
Funds raised from the sale of the Whimsical Collection go towards The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo which helps to rear, rehabilitate and nurture rhino babies that have lost their mothers to poaching. Poaching has become an international crisis and one that cannot go overlooked.
If you ask us, buying one of Deziree’s works of art is the most beautiful way to help make your contribution to wildlife conservation! Some of the pieces available in the Whimsical Collection range include everything from beach bags and pillows to placemats, tea trays, and of course, framed prints. These fabulously whimsical works of art make for the perfect festive gift and will certainly wow your dinner guests this holiday season.
If you’d like to purchase one of Deziree’s works or find out more about how you can get involved in environmental conservation, visit the Whimsical Collection website.