Jeweller Katherine-Mary Pichulik’s Brave Women series is an archive of intimate portraits – stills and video – of some of the women who wear her accessories. Pichulik sees her pieces as talismans in a community of brave women she wants to document – women who can inspire others with their sensitive stories, and can promote the concept of freedom of choice and fulfilling potential. ‘These women create, make and do in spite of all their fears.
They don’t talk the ideas; they manifest them with added charm, wit and deliciousness,’ she says. One of these women is Talia Sanhewe, an award-winning reporter who has worked for CNBC Africa, CNN International and Forbes Africa. She won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year in the television news category for her piece on HIV/ Aids prevention through social entrepreneurship. Pichulik met Sanhewe at her Businesswoman of South Africa finalist interview, where Sanhewe was one of the judges.
Her story was rich with compassion, courage, vulnerability and authenticity, and Pichulik recognised her as a Brave Woman. For Pichulik, who founded her brand two-and-a-half years ago, bravery means acting from your authentic self, with a disregard for other people’s opinions and assumptions, and it is this she hopes to instill in others.