By Frederick Philander
A creative Namibian art craft student is in dire need of sponsorship to represent the country in two months’ time at an international art student convention in America.
Diani Van Zyl, 18, won a gold medal for a clay sculpture and a silver medal for a patchwork quilt during the All Africa Student Convention in South Africa at the end of last year.
As a continental winner she qualified as the only Namibian to represent the country in May at the International Student Convention at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, in the United States.
The competition was staged in South Africa by the Accelerated Christian Education organisation.
Diani is a third-year ceramics-pottery student at the College of the Arts and created the winning entry under the guidance of her lecturer, Rosie Praetorius.
The student has entered both her pottery and quilt for the American leg of the competition and stands a good chance to do well.
“Participants in the international competition in the United States are to pay their own travel and accommodation fees in order to exhibit their crafts and Namibian art at this unique event,” said Diani’s mother, Sandra Van Zyl, chief higher education officer of ETSIP in the ministry of Education. Namibian companies, art lovers and sympathisers can contact Sandra van Zyl for financial contributions to this worthy cause at 0811229031.