Seated under a shady tree at the Magoebaskloof Farmstall, Alicia Boshoff (35) listens to her musician partner, Juanne Steenkamp (37), while she sews her next leather creation.
Alicia was born in Johannesburg, attended Randburg High School and went on to study Fine Arts at Pretoria Technikon. She majored in sculpture. She went on to create many sculptures but found them difficult to sell as it’s a small market.
She then joined the film industry as a props artist and has become a sought after creator of leather garments for actors, actresses and musicians. She applies all her fine art skills in her leather creations. She commands a niche market as her work is valuable as well as beautiful.
The piece she’s working on will be a jacket for the well-known songwriter and guitarist Jack Mantis from the Jack Mantis band. Without a thimble, as her hands are hard from the constant work, Alicia weaves her leather garments by hand. Everything is done by hand from hand embossed to hand painted and hand woven. She does have a laser engraving machine though.
Alicia has spent the last 15 years working in the film industry in Cape Town. Eight months ago she met and fell in love with Magoebaskloof resident Juanne. They studied together all those years ago at the Pretoria Technikon but their paths didn’t cross until recently. Now, when Juanne isn’t practicing his music he helps Alicia bring her creations to fruition.
Her company is called Mystic Tribe and it can be found online. Most creations take a week to produce. It is hard work and insane hours getting the items finished especially in the film industry. She makes anything and everything out of leather including top hats, masks like wolf masks, corsets and headdresses.
She’s created leather garments for many famous people including international actresses Charlize Theron and Milla Jovovich when they filmed in Cape Town. Her leather creations thus featured in the sci-fi movie series ‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Monster Hunter’. Alicia spends as much time as work allows with Juanne in the Magoebaskloof but has to return to Cape Town regularly as that’s where the work and the film industry is centred.