Truda’s story started in Oudtshoorn where she grew up on one of the most beautiful farms in the ‘Klein Karoo’. She fondly remembers her childhood and is still a Karoo girl at heart.
In 1999 she moved to Stellenboch and later married the actor and artist Stian Bam. Truda and Stian have two children, Jannes and Sofia and they live in a colourful and creative house with lots of toys, paint and cloth! Never a dull moment in their house.
Truda likes the creative process of combining elements to create a single piece and loves working with the metal. She enjoys the challenge of designing a jewellery piece that speaks to the client’s personality.
Truda describes herself as someone who likes fine detail and somewhat unconventional. She loves making beautiful things.
Barbara- Louise van Graan
Louise was named after her grandmother from whom she is thought to have inherited her sentimental touch. She grew up in Pretoria and met her husband, Rudolf van Graan, at the age of 13. Louise and Rudolf married years later in 2007 and have two boys, Ruben and Migael.
Louise is living her dream of being creative at Lady Peculiar, while two small boys ensures that there are never enough hours in the day. Louise has always been creative and loved art at school. She loves engaging with her clients. The stories that are dear to them provides her with the inspiration to live out her creativity.
Louise and Truda completed their BA Fine Arts (Jewellery Design) degrees at the University of Stellenbosch in 2005. They started making jewellery together in 2006. They have transformed a small characteristic room in the heart of Stellenbosch (they still have fond memories of the cracked walls and floors), into their fabulous and innovative jewellery design and manufacturing studio and later moved into a shop; nr3 Andringa street.
The two of them create unique and creative jewellery, as their 9-5 job and as release of their unquenchable passion for all things peculiar and pretty.
Milly is Lady Peculiar's Shop Assistant and joined the team in 2011. Milly is always happy to help and assist clients.