tephen du Toit was born in Cape Town in South Africa in 1961. Although my formal studies are in History and Geography I have been interested in colour, textiles and the theatre since childhood.

I moved to the UK in 1984—mostly for political reasons—and then to France in 1985, where Ilived firstly in Paris and then in a small rural community. There I trained in tapestry weaving which encouraged me to pursue other creative interests. Returning to London in late 1989, I was able to study Art on a part time basis whilst working in the needlework and knitting trade which enabled me to develop further textile skills such as embroidery, crochet and knitting. Moving later into patchwork, clothes and costumes I now delight in producing work which combines everything from sea shells to fake fur into quality one-off garments or unforgettable stage costumes.

As a co-founder of The Magic Factory in 2004, I have relished the exchange of ideas and skills and the challenges each new collaborative project has brought.