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Self-taught Mexican artist on creating artwork that speaks to the masses
“I am totally self-taught, which gives me full freedom of experimentation."
West Africa through the lens of photographer Sierra Nallo
“I want people to really see the human connection and that's the most important aspect of my photography.”
This new process could create emission-free cement
This electrochemical process developed by MIT researchers could eliminate the current fossil-fuel-dependent system
Sakhile Cebekhulu on weaving stories through his designs
“My ethos is to tell authentic and real South African stories using clothing and product.”
Bright Dimba on turning wire weaving into luxury products
The 2017 Design Indaba Emerging Creative collaborates with weavers from his hometown in KwaZulu-Natal to produce handwoven goods.
The future of food according to six antenna conference speakers
These graduates are reimagining the future of food with their innovative projects.
How can designers address the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
#antenna2019 speakers have developed forward-thinking projects with this question in mind.
The designers combating air pollution
From smog eating roof tiles to sweatshirts that react to different kinds of pollution and more.
Mpho Vackier’s journey to international acclaim
The former Design Indaba Emerging Creative recently exhibited her furniture brand, Urbanative, at Milan Design Week.
This monument combines history, art and architecture
The architects worked in collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky, Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen and landscape architect Claude Comier.
Graphic designer Thulisizwe Mamba on running a creative business
“Most of the time I’m reaching out to new clients, updating my work, doing invoices and reaching out to new suppliers.”
Emerging creative Wandile Leeu on bridging the gap between tradition and cool
“The whole essence behind us establishing the brand was to celebrate the city and the people and the mentality of what Joburg is about.”
Three fashionable items designed for the differently abled
Grace Jun and her team at the Open Style Lab are creating functional and stylish clothing that considers everyone.
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.
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