December 21st, 2011
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Johannesburg (CNN) - Last weekend I was at a Christmas parade in Barrydale, a small town in the Western Cape - a “dorp” as we call it here in South Africa.

I was working, following the Handspring puppeteers around, telling their story for African Voices. A little bit of shopping was called for, and besides buying a remarkably cheap case of shiraz from a local winery, I bought something called "ampoule couture."

My little piece of art is made of an old milk bottle, a couple of cut outs from a cardboard box, some beads, some wire, a few bottle tops and a crocodile clip.

Take the whole thing, wrap it around your low-energy light bulb and you have a work of art.

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