South Africa’s present whisperer
Carrol Boyes crosses continents with gifts for grooms
Words: Damien Woolnough
26th July 2018
Artist and entrepreneur Carrol Boyes is well-known in South Africa, where same sex marriage has been legal since 2006, for her solutions to last minute wedding gift problems.
Now Boyes' quirky designs, that often incorporate the human form, have found their way to Australia.
Having started her business in 1992, there are plenty of Carrol Boyes pieces to choose from but Caryn Hanley, director of Carrol Boyes Australia, is able to help edit the overwhelming selection.
"There is an art to personally selecting a gift," Hanley says. "The key is to find a one-of-a kind piece that adds to the romantic celebration and stylishly reminds the couple day in and day out of this special occasion.
"Blending art with functionality meets the criteria of something special, tasteful and purposeful that any couple will be certain to use. Most couples will already be well set-up in terms of essential homeware items, so it is important to choose something they will not have."
What’s the best present for gay grooms?
"As an artist it is always hard for Carrol to pick one product over another," Hanley says.
"When pushed to pick one product out of her entire collection, she would choose the water jug Man - a product synonymous with Carrol’s appreciation of the human form and an embodiment of a timeless piece that is the perfect synthesis between form and function."
Carrol Boyes Baobab glass set, $75
What do you think of the trend for cash donations?
"Understandably, many do this to cover the large cost of weddings," Hanley says.
"However, this can be impersonal and always brings about the question of how much to give, whereas physical gifts are practical items that couples can enjoy for many years."