Emerging Creatives 2015: Our Picks

By Marica

I have to confess, I did not enjoy this year’s Design Indaba as much as I did previous years. Not because it was any less inspiring or amazing but because I was trying very hard to suppress a bad case of mutant sinusitis/flu. You know, the kind that laughs in the face of antibiotics.

A took a rather fevered (pun intended) rush through the Expo space and tried to absorb as much beauty as possible. It was also good to finally put friendly faces to some of the local creatives we’ve cheered for in the past – the talented ladies behind Touchee Feelee and Handmade By Me for instance.

As always I lingered around the Emerging Creatives section – they did not disappoint!

Here are some of my favs…

Ash Ceramics:

I adored the colourful ceramic pieces by Cape Town-based artist Catherine Ash. Her handmade range included delicate tortoise shells sculpted from porcelain and interesting ceramic wall installations. However, my favourite part of her vibrant range was the contemporary collection of plates, bowls, vases and mugs which featured striking trendy geometric patterns in bold colours.

Ash Ceramics:  website  |  facebook page

Maria Magdalena:

Ag, you know I can’t resist quirky illustrations – of course I fell head-over-heels for these detailed black ink beauties by Maria Magdalena van Wyk! En dan het sy so mooi Afrikaanse naam ook nog (I too come from a loooong line of Maria Magdalena’s and Maria Johanna Catharina’s – guess what “Marica” is short for…)

Each line drawing takes inspiration from Van Wyk’s life, such as poetry, strong female influences or her favourite songs. She sells these limited edition illustration prints through her eponymous company, Maria Magdalena.

Maria Magdalena:  website  |  facebook page

Kiara Gounder:

I know we rarely touch fashion here at The Tabloid – it’s not really our bag – we’re all about the décor. However, the stunning creations by fashion design graduate Kiara Gounder had me drooling! The structured clothing pieces were beautifully sleek, edgy yet elegant. The real showstopper however was a jaw-dropping 3D printed neckpiece that seems incredibly delicate and detailed.

Kiara has been exploring the potential of 3D printing in fashion. For this particular range she sought inspiration from microscopic images of fossils, plant cells and insect cells for inspiration for the detailed patterning.

Most Beautiful Object in S.A. 2015 is…

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And the winner, by public vote, for Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2015 is… 

…”The Boomslang

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Kirstenbosch’s suspended walkway designed by architect Mark Thomas and structural engineer Henry Fagan is the public’s choice in the Most Beautiful Object in SA at Design Indaba Expo 2015.

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“This award is such a wonderful surprise! Never before has there been an opportunity like this for an architect and an engineer in South Africa,” said Thomas about Kirstenbosch’s commission. “It has felt unreal from the beginning – I still pinch myself about this project. We worked on it for three years. We were surprised that it was possible to create such a complex 3D shape.”

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Inspired by a snake skeleton, the walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees. It takes the visitor on an awe-inspiring journey through nature, rising up from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursting out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats. Thomas and Fagan designed the structure to be low maintenance and low impact.

{What do you think of this year’s MBOISA winner? Who did you vote for?}

Road To Design Indaba 2015!

“It’s that time of the year again! The Design Indaba Expo, South Africa’s premier showcase of high-end design and homegrown wares, starts this Friday!”

Rose and I are super excited and geared for the Design Indaba Festival 2015 – that right this year they have dubbed it a “festival”… and what a delicious festival of creativity it is!

The brilliant FilmFest kicked off the official Indaba festivities last Friday and the Conference and Simulcast start tomorrow. Then on Friday the doors will be thrown wide open to welcome the public to the amazing eye-candy experience that is the Expo.

Oh, and don’t forget the music – if you want some local head-bopping, hip-swaying, foot-tapping entertainment the Design Indaba music circuit will be grooving from 25 to 27 February.

The Design Tabloid has, like the previous 3 years, received media accreditation for the 2015 Indaba and we will not only be attending the Expo but also the Conference Simulcast! Lucky, lucky ladies we are!


 “Dubbed ‘the Conference on Creativity‘, the Design Indaba Conference is all about how design, creativity and innovation can positively impact the world. In 2013 the likes of Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne said it is ‘perhaps the best design conference in the world‘”


I sure I will get all lyrical about the conference yet again… it blows my mind consistently every year! It’s THE not-to-be-missed creative inspiration event of the year. Be sure to check our Twitter & Facebook feeds during this period as we will endeavour to post regular little snippets of our conference experience!

Now, this year’s EXPO promises to be even bigger, cementing the platform’s position as the go-to destination for taking the pulse of South African creativity. To get you all psyched for this year’s Indaba here is some highlights from the horse’s mouth…


“For 28 hours, over three days next weekend (Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March) the Cape Town International Convention Centre will be abuzz with things to see, do, experience, make, create, shop, eat – it’s the ultimate inspirational indulgence.”


 Design Indaba Expo’s distinguishing characteristics are two-fold: it showcases exceptional design across all the creative disciplines (from architecture to jewellery design, fashion, visual art, craft, industrial design and everything in between); and it sets an exceptionally high professional standard. More than 400 exhibitors will be strutting their creative stuff this year at the Expo. The always-popular Emerging Creatives platform again promises to bear testament to the scope of ingenious young designers in South Africa

I also can’t wait to see this year’s MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object In South Africa) nominations in the flesh (you can take a peek at the nominees: here). Then there is the fashion shows, delicious food & pop-up restaurants, workshops, talks, and much, much more….


Design Indaba EXPO at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

  • Friday 27 February: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday 28 February: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday 1 March: 10:00 – 18:00

EXPO Tickets available at the door or through Computicket

  • Adults: R80
  • Pensioners and students: R60
  • Scholars (Ages 10 – 18): R45
  • Children under 10: Free

Design Indaba FilmFest 2015

Design Indaba Festival 2015 kicks off tomorrow with its annual 10-day celebration of creativity. This year Design Indaba teams up with The Labia Theatre, Cape Town’s oldest independent cinema, to present the annual Design Indaba FilmFest from 20 February to 1 March. Ten days, thirteen movies to inspire and entertain you, covering hip hop, architecture, comics, newspapers, gay life, fashion, art forgery, photography and folk art.

I perused all the trailers of the films and doccies that will be screened at the FilmFest and there are two I’m dying to see. One – a doccie about  quirky and infamous art forger, Mark Landis, the other – a Tim Burton film about the life of artist Margaret Keane. See the deets and trailers of both below:

Oh, and see you at The Labia!

Art and Craft:

This documentary follows the story of one of America’s most prolific art forgers, Mark Landis.

With a career spanning 30 years and a talent for painting and drawing across different art styles and periods, Mark Landis is a master art forger. This film follows the cat and mouse chase between Landis and art registrar, Matthew Leininger.

Once duped by Landis’ skill, Leininger is now consumed by the desire to expose Landis’ charlatanry. But Landis isn’t in it for the money. He’s donated his forgeries to hundreds of institutions across the states. When asked why he thinks it is that he hasn’t been prosecuted, Landis answers “’Cos I haven’t done anything wrong or illegal. I decided to be a philanthropist.”

Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman and co-directed by Mark Becker, the humorous film leaves you unsure of where your sympathies should lie.

“There is a kind of performance art quality to the act,” says Leininger.

Big Eyes:

Director Tim Burton lets the viewer step inside the life and work of acclaimed American artist Margaret Keane in this brilliant, biographical comedy-drama.

Based on the true story of Tennessee-born artist Margaret Keane, the film Big Eyes takes the viewer on a journey filled with the highs and lows of Keane’s creative endeavours.

Keane painted women and children mainly, recognisable by their oversized, doe-like eyes. In the 1960s, she burst onto the San Francisco art scene where her works became collectors’ items and were sold as original oil paintings, prints, postcards and posters. However, her then-husband, Walter Keane, took praise for her work and sold the unique paintings under his own name.

Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, follows Margaret’s journey from a promising artist to her heated divorce trial where she accuses Walter of stealing the credit for her work.


FilmFest kicks off with Tim Burton‘s “Big Eyes” on Friday 20 February at the Labia Theatre. If you want to take a peek at the FilmFest program or you want to book tickets, see the Design Indaba website here: http://inda.ba/film2105

MBOISA 2015: Nominations!

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It’s our great pleasure to once again share the much-anticipated Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) 2015 finalists with you. Beauty is profoundly subjective, at times even divisive. This year’s nominations feature a wildly mixed bag – from the personal to the practical to the political…

I won’t lie, I was rather surprised by some of the choices. I mean, a DSTV decoder is not my idea of a beautiful object. I am however sure the reasoning behind its nomination was sound. My vote would probably be a toss-up between the funky Haywire Chandelier by David Krynauw or the beautifully whimsy Centre Point: Dancing Ballerina by Llewellyn Davies.

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“Every year Design Indaba invites the public to engage with the question of what constitutes beauty through the MBOISA award. More than just an object of visual delight, MBOISA encourage a wider definition of beauty – one that encapsulates attributes such as social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability and even humour.” – Design Indaba

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The winner will be determined by public vote. Vote for your most beautiful object in South Africa, via SMS or online. The designs of all the MBOISA finalists will be on show at Design Indaba Expo, open to the public from Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

{Go to the Design Indaba website (here) for a full description of each finalist’s design and to vote!}

So what do you think, see something you like? Who is going to get your vote?

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{All info and images via Design Indaba}

Lucy-Made… Beautiful Things

Lucy-MadeI have to confess the Emerging Creatives exhibitors is my favourite part of the Design Indaba Expo each year. I would have no problem skipping the main exhibition space and head straight for the Emerging section. I guess one can easily get tired of seeing the same faces, designs, and product – the Emerging Creatives however always offer something fresh and new.

Part of this year’s Emerging Creative programme was Lucy-Made, a Cape Town-based jewellery and stationery design brand founded by artist and illustrator, Lucy Stuart-Clark.

The stand was a little unassuming and I almost walked straight past without giving it a second glance… then the brooches called to me. Okay-okay, that might be a little dramatic but seriously they were beautiful and like nothing I have ever seen before. The brooches are made using white earthenware clay and decorated with under-glaze ceramic paints with touches of gold luster. I loved the large cameo designs and the gorgeous colour selections – the inky blue looked especially beautiful paired with the gold. My absolute favourite was the brooch featuring a rather stately looking gentleman with a red pinstripe background. The Lucy-Made ceramic collection includes earrings, bracelets, buttons and, of course, the above mentioned brooches.

Lucy also designed a stationery collection which comprises of hand-bound note and sketchbooks made of recycled paper and covered with envelopes and old South African naval stamps.

Be sure to check out Lucy’s website: here.

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