If you’re ever in Bathurst In the Eastern Cape make sure you stop in at the Corner Art Gallery. It’s the home base of Tori Stowe.

Tori Stowe is a freelance artist / illustrator / surface designer. She works from her studio gallery designing fabric, ceramics, illustrating books, sketching commissions, doing freelance artwork for Woolworths South Africa and other homeware distributors around the world and {often + usually + mostly} drinking coffee and making art for art sake.

She is the driving force behind Stowe & so, a small team of artists and artisans, each dedicated to our different craft. Sewing, drawing, printing and then tying all the skills together to create something new that the world has never seen before.

This is what they say about themselves.

Tori is the resident artist and designer. We keep her in a dark quiet space to best create stuff. If we hear growling we throw in chocolate. Not kidding, she’s like a hedgehog tiger. Craig is the business bit that orchestrates all the people, products and stuff that go into making them into some kind of cohesive thing for people to buy. Noah is Craig and Tori’s kid. He is 10. He designs and prints his own range of T-shirts and makes the cookie stock vanish.

Nessy and Nandi head up the print room, using strength, laughter and chatter to transform plain fabric into vast landscapes of beauty. This virgin ground is inherited by Gladys and Xolelwa, the super seamstresses, to be reinvented into products. Each item we make is uniquely conceived and only available once. Or twice (if you ask nicely). Glad has been with Stowe & so and the Corner Gallery since before it was opened. She has a hand and a thought in every process of shop, sales and studio. Elvis helps out on all fronts with the printing, finishing, doing maintenance and occasionally catching the horse. Bathurst is a one horse town after all.

If you can’t get to Bathurst in person you can always follow along with village life here https://www.facebook.com/tori.stowe.98