Emerging Creatives: Bright sparks light up Indaba

18 February 2016 - 02:26 By Staff reporter

Over 400 people applied to participate in this year's Design Indaba emerging creatives programme. These included architects, fashion designers, illustrators, furniture designers and jewellers. From these 40 were selected to exhibit their work at the Watershed in the V&A Waterfront to manufacturers, buyers and anyone else interested in South Africa's seriously hot design talent.We picked five of the 40:WOL ONTWERP by Alexia HechterHechter is a fashion designer specialising in wool. Inspired by her mother's wool duvet business, she has created a range of relaxed sleepwear focusing on the comfortable, natural properties of organic wool. Her clothes are loose-fitting and unstructured.''I choose my fabrics based on their luxuriousness, but I also have a preference for the natural - ultra-fine cotton, chunky, knitted wool and soft leather."SEUGNET HERBST with Marguerite OelofseA qualified interior designer with a passion for furniture, Herbst makes fabric beanbags which are sewn at the seams so that they can be turned inside out to show off an inside fabric cover. Oelofse specialises in capturing local flora. Her images will be printed on facets of the furniture.+NESS, Max Melvill and Jamil RanderaThis architecture design duo are fascinated by the skylines, culture, and history of South African cities.Their project takes accurately drawn facades of buildings and pairs them with expressive colour schemes that convey their character.They're uncovering each building's essence, charm, and ''+NESS".PHENDU KUTAEntrepreneur Phendu Kuta is a style reporter with experience in virtual merchandising for international brands.She's founded a jewellery business, been a project manager at International Fashion Sale and is now heading up her own publication, Unlabelled, a new online youth culture magazine.She says the magazine ''encourages South African youth to embrace their identity by connecting them to an extensive audience through original editorials, thought-provoking articles and an exploration of South African fashion history."UNLEARN AFRICA, by Sibusiso Brian MokhachaneMokhachane creates funky backpacks using Sotho blankets. He's a social entrepreneur from Soweto with a passion for creative social development.He's part of numerous community development projects, including the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy 2015, a mobile gallery in Soweto, and a ''street cred" exhibition. He is also part of a project that creates art from recycled materials.Mokhachane's backpacks - branded Unlearn Africa - are made from recycled materials and traditional Sotho blankets.

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