The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield chats with George-based Jacqueline Chantler about his unique art form.

A serendipitous sequence of events led Jacqueline Chantler into a whole new career as the creative artist and founder of ‘Kop’.

Chantler, based in George, uses cattle skulls as her canvas, adorning them in beautiful designs with paint and beads.

Chantler tells Bruce Whitfield that the idea was born when his sister’s children started drawing on skulls they had collected from his father’s Free State farm after several cows had died.

I thought that might be a great idea. Nobody wants the skulls, people throw them away… and then I started practicing. I’ve made this for friends and the response has been great!

Jacqueline Chantler, Founder – Kop

I thought I always wanted to start a business and I had never seen anything like it…and that’s how it started!

Jacqueline Chantler, Founder – Kop

Chantler describes her work as a spiritual journey.

I actually get attached to skulls as I paint them… Even a simple white skull with brown horns is a nice decorative piece…

Jacqueline Chantler, Founder – Kop

People were skeptical about it, saying it wasn’t my thing… but the more you watch it, the more it grows inside you.

Jacqueline Chantler, Founder – Kop

Chantler says her works are mainly influenced by her travels.

She has a range of around 15 designs – you’ll find everything from ‘Klimt kop’ to Delft designs and, of course, African-inspired pieces.

Customers often add their own specifications for a custom part.

I traveled all over the world and I think in my life before being Mexican, because I love Mexican colors, music, all the patterns…

Jacqueline Chantler, Founder – Kop

I also have an Africana skull with these geometric patterns…I almost feel like it’s a mask.

Jacqueline Chantler, Founder – Kop

“I’m open to anything with skulls and every time I make a different skull for someone it gives me new ideas.”

See more of Chantler’s work on her website

Listen to the artist’s interview on The Money Show:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk: Artist uses skulls as canvas – “I get attached to skulls as I paint them”

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