A heartfelt welcome

Welcome to your little sanctuary on the web, Storyholding, a small studio with a big heart.

My name is Rochelle Van Der Merwe and I am a multidisciplinary artist with a special interest in storytelling through the written word, contemporary collage and fine art photography.

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Rochelle Van Der Merwe

Happy clients

Mog vGB
I always really enjoy Rochelle's collage workshops, and while the Vision Board workshop was a different activity to what we had done before it was all handled with the same incredible enthusiasm, sharing and support as her other offerings. I really appreciated getting the plan for the day and the structure worked very well for the Vision Board process. I went home with a finished Vision Board that is beautiful and inspiring and is now hanging on my wall above my desk. Rochelle's studio is truly a magical place that fosters and encourages creativity and a sense of exploration and play that makes the sometimes vulnerable process of making art feel both safe and very fun.
Nicole sheehan
A calm, beautiful, peaceful studio to release and reset doing a vision board ❤️ highly recommend this class! A must
Natalia Orel
Last week I stumbled upon a gem and booked a holiday workshop. It was out of this world experience - from the moment we approached the studio, we felt the magic of Rochelle and her carefully curated space, whimsical and dreamy, Poolside Montsalvat. The art of collage is a highly potent self-expression tool, and Rochelle knows how to guide and inspire you. My 8yo loved it, and definitely will be back together with me.
Siobhan Jennings
I cannot recommend Rochelle’s workshops enough! Rochelle is so warm and extremely generous with her time and guidance. I’m so happy with the piece I created in the workshop and I can’t wait to do another class!
Strubing Farm
What a wonderful class! My daughter had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed creating her collage piece. The studio is a beautiful space and Rochelle is such a delightful person! Very kind and patient with the kids. Thoroughly recommend.
Jesse A
I recently had the pleasure of participating in a fantastic collage workshop hosted by Rochelle at her stunning studio at Montsalvat, Eltham. It was an eye-opening, creative journey. Many thanks to Rochelle for such a wonderful experience!
Nah Yeah
I attended a great workshop with Rochelle at her beautiful studio in Eltham. Rochelle provided us with lots of materials and supplies and provided a lovely warm, welcoming space. I really enjoyed the relaxing music and healthy snacks and tea. Such a beautiful creative experience. Thanks Rochelle!