Destination: South Africa
A quick digital tour of South Africa leading through creativity, craft and contemporary design deriving from the wisdom of the local community.
Based in Johannesburg, the photographer & visual artist Justin Dingwall creates images reflecting on the black experience. Not bound by his cultural heritage, Dingwall’s art is dedicated to exploring different facets of beauty.
Treasures engraved within Africa set the direction for the fashion brand. Rich Mnisi takes a modern look at the elements of South African heritage to make them uncompromisingly fashionable and sophisticated.
The biggest museum showcasing African contemporary art in the world. Opened in 2017, Zeitz is located in a carved void sphere inside an old silo. The architectural experience is complemented with a fine curation of 21st century artists Turner Prize laureate Chris Ofili and Nigerian art director Daniel Obasi.
A feminist & activist Lady Skollie boldly speaks on women’s rights, climate change and sex violence. Her art is a commentary on current political & social landscape in Africa and has been already presented at London’s Frieze.
Xhosa Culture is a Bantu group from an Eastern Cape with a history dating back to mid XVII century. Its name comes from legendary leader called uXhosa. Famous for its flair for eclectic fashion, a traditional Xhosa dress is called isikhaka and is often worn together with inxili bags and beautiful, beaded jewelry. Today the tradition of Xhosa patterns is explored by brands such as South African Maxhosa, famous for its knitwear.
Handcrafted jewelry from Cape Town made of Africa-sourced materials and recycled ropes. Focused on empowering its 13 full-time brand employees, Pichulik jewelry is an eclectic mix of raw materials with glass beads and hand carves stones from Ghana such as carnelian and agate.
Husband-and-wife team Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin are Dokter and Misses whose respective industrial and graphic design skills combine to create work described as “modernist, where strong construction lines and a bold use of colour create graphic shapes and spaces.” Working from their studio in Johannesburg, their work has become synonymous with the city in which it is conceived and produced.
Founded by Olivia Kennaway in 2018, Asha : Eleven calls Cape Town home. Olivia is Kenyan by birth and finds great inspiration working hands on with fellow African suppliers and artisans. Her trips back home to Kenya consist of connecting with local craftsmen and creating ways in which to incorporate their traditional skillsets into Asha : Eleven designs. This entire process inspires her to no end and is a core factor of the brands nature.