Thando Ntobela is meticulous in her beading. Her work is influenced by her emotions and her own spiritual journey. The motifs in her work have significance, most particularly, her circles, which represent each person’s circle of life. Her need to create these perfect circles and her attention to all detail make her Ndwangos masterpieces, reflecting spiritual growth and therapy. Her joy in creating works, that are at times simply beautiful with no deeper meaning, reflect a sense of humour, a reminder to laugh and to see joy in the seemingly mundane.
Acknowledged in 2013 at the Smithsonian as an International artist, at the opening of ‘Ubuhle Women; Beadwork and the art of Independence’, she continues to create work that astonishes her audience with both her perception of life and dedication to detail.