Thamsanqa Joseph Bless
Born in Mount Fletcher in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
I grew up in a village called Ramafulo with my mother, father and siblings. My brother & I liked playing soccer after school in the fields while we looked after the livestock. We had to make sure that all livestock gets home later in the day & if not, we couldn’t go home until we found the missing ones.
Let’s hear from Thamsanqa:
How did you find out about Monkeybiz?
I found Monkeybiz in the year 2000 since I could not find a job. I decided to join my wife in doing beadwork. I was ever happy when I made my first beaded picture. It made me realise that to earn an income is not only about hard labour.
What artwork you most identified with?
I like doing mostly beaded pictures and coasters, but I would like to learn to do another artwork as well.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Other jobs I’ve done other than bead work is part-time gardening jobs just to earn a little extra money to provide for my family.