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Sifiso Shange honours women with his ‘Afri Modern’ designs
As the founder and director of Afri Modern, Sifiso Shange is making waves with his culturally influenced designs.
Kordae Henry imagines an alternative African history and future
The artist combines science fiction, Afrofuturism and cinema to speculate on the myths of the future.
5 quirky buildings that show architecture with a twist
From a smog eating building in Poland to a cultural centre in Senegal that cools itself and more.
Designer Siyanda Mbele on fusing functionality, aesthetics and culture
By creating practical, locally made art and furniture, Mbele hopes to inspire younger South African designers to learn and teach.
Primrose Chimhanda on nature as inspiration for her textile designs
“Each design is inspired by a form of nature which represents an expression of the most powerful lessons I’ve learnt.”
The Arctic Commons: creating a new network for future stability in the Arctic
“This project looks to create composite maps which illuminate specific areas in the Arctic that offer opportunities for design intervention.”
Zinhle Zulu’s graphic novel is the story of Nandipha, the protector of the Zulu Kingdom
“It deals with a girl who is kinda stuck between worlds like me. She is from the hood but also from suburbia.”
Jaden Smith’s vegan pop-up truck is free for the homeless
His care for people and the environment sees Smith often tackling pressing global issues.
Tandekile Mkize on unafraid self-expression using film, photography and fashion
Tandekile Mkize gives us an inside look into his bold and unapologetic work, which he exhibited at Design Indaba Festival 2019
Celeste Arendse on sustainable and ethical fashion
The Cape Town fashion designer has gone from being inspired by Picasso and rock art to more neutral tones with classic silhouettes.
Mapitso Thaisi talks culture, fashion and recognising Africa's impact
The law graduate-cum-designer chats to us about her Basotho inspired swimwear range, Shweshwekini.
Using unconventional materials to create wearable art
Shaline Naicker uses photochromic lenses within her work as she focuses on merging technology and fashion.
Gourmet Grubb makes the world’s first insect-derived dairy alternative
Leah Bessa takes us behind the scenes at her new pop-up restaurant in Woodstock, The Insect Experience by Gourmet Grubb.
Max-Gordon Stoffberg on community empowerment and creativity
“I have a willingness to reach out to the marginalised in society. I believe everyone has equal potential power and everyone has unique gifts & talents.”
Chad Hanning on the importance of street art
“I believe in how powerful street art is and use it to give a place life or a feeling.”
Ndumiso Nyoni uses striking geometric illustrations to celebrate women
The graphic designer and illustrator talks to us about the inspiration behind the African Sisters project.
Crystal Birch invites us into her hat wonderland
The hat designer, stylist and milliner takes us behind the scenes of how she comes up with her playful designs.
Meet Hayden Williams, the fashion illustrator to Hollywood stars
The 27-year-old talks to us about how he harnessed his 1,2 million Instagram followers to build a global brand.
Mzukisi Mbane’s imprint on African fashion
The Design Indaba Emerging Creative on building a global brand that pays homage his identity and celebrates femininity.
Ghanaian photographer Lawrence Agyei on the power of photography
“To me, a great photograph is like poetry. It captures and expresses a situation or emotion that transcends everyday life.”
Graphic designer Rofhiwa Mudau is using famous faces to inspire the youth
“This acts as inspiration to influence a positive work flow to the career or the job of your dreams.”
An alternative to disposable plastic made with potatoes
“This material is made from something that comes from the earth, and later on it can end up back in the soil, while posing no risk to nature.”
The world’s first bio-brick made from human urine
Its developer wants us to rethink the way we are utilising the Earth's precious resources.
This town in Mali is built almost completely out of mud
The Great Mosque of Djenne survives through the dedication of local builders who help to re-plaster it each year.
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