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Where it Began

Fotini de Araujo graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995. Shortly after graduation, Fotini undertook an apprenticeship as an artist & muralist to well-known interior designer and painter, Claire Bond. During this time Fotini met and collaborated with well-respected English decorative painter, Charlotte Wright. Together, facilitating extensive courses from basic paint techniques to wood graining and tromp l’oeile, and creating specialist finishes on walls, furniture, and decorative pieces.

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Four years later, Fotini spread her wings and Designer Brushworx was born. 14 years on, Fotini still has an ongoing love affair with paint & brushes. Projects have been completed as far afield as Zambia and Zanzibar.
Clients include Monte Casino, City Lodge, Style Magazine, Top Billing, and Emerald Casino. Over the years, Designer Brushworx has worked with decorators such as Sue Bond, Rita Collaro and Chelsea Manhattan. Designer Brushworx has become synonymous with individualised designs and inspired paint effects.

I work with clients to transform rooms and furniture, living by the philosophy that all it takes to breathe new life into a space, is a lot of imagination….and a little lick of artist’s paint.




Please enjoy looking through this selection of our work. We are also happy to set up a meeting to take you through our full portfolio at your convenience.

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