Enter the Big Blue T-shirt Competition
Jun04

Enter the Big Blue T-shirt Competition

You know we rate the Big Blue brand highly – definitely one of our favourite shops ever!  We love their sense of humour and quirky characteristics of their products.  They’re holding another Big Blue Makhulu Polane t-shirt design competition where you can win R20 000 and see everyone wearing your t-shirts all over the country…. All you have to do is interpret this year’s theme – AfroKaaner – into a t-shirt design and impress the judges.  Click here for the competition page.  Think laterally! ...

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DURBS: Represent Recommends – Off the Wall2
May04

DURBS: Represent Recommends – Off the Wall2

Durbanites!  Anyone into graf, comics, hiphop, art and performance art make sure to get down to Off the Wall 2 opening at the tres trendy artSpace on Monday – it looks brilliant – wish we were there.  We’ll try and interview some of the guys for ya, interesting to see blogging and real life merge through sketching!  Durbs we expect nothing less than the most progressive of movements from you.  When you bringing it to Jozi?  Beautiful artwork “Cosmic Love” from Jeff Rankin.  DON’T FORGET TO PULL IN FOR OFF THE WALL 2 A visual arts performance exhibition featuring The Sketchbook Project Opening Monday, May 7 at 6:30pm continuing on through Saturday,  May 26, 2007 COME AND ENJOY: *exciting new visual art hybrids that combine comix, graph-X, hip hop & blogging.. *a retina-searing onslaught on the neo-bourgeois sensibilities of the postcolonial mainstream… *a melting pot spiced with slam, hip hop and live comix jamming… *paintings & drawings, original comix & prints, artists’ books & micro-zines, original sketchbooks & editioned facsimiles, animated blogs, anti-brand caps & tees, graffiti workshops, comic jams & slam performances. OFF THE WALL 2 features more than 20 artists, both established and up-&-coming, including (at last count): Zapiro, Rico, Themba Siwela, Wesley van Eeden, Jason Bronkhorst, Ewok, Alastair Findlay, Ben Hodson, Tyron Love , N.D.Mazin, Jeff Rankin, Andrew Mogridge, Mogorosi Motshumi, Jeremy Nel, Mike Scott, Wild Beast, Luke Molver, Leonora van Staden, Senyol, Scott Siveright, Ross Turpin, Adelle O’Connell, Thabani Gumede, Andrew Schnetler, Alastair Laird, and Unknown Graf Writers… The show will also include a CHEAP STUFF WALL with works priced to sell at R300 or less. A  POP GOES YOUR WALLET CHEAP STUFF AUCTION with a maximum wallet of R300 will also be held on the opening night. SKETCHBOOK VIEWINGS: The artists’ original sketchbooks will be displayed behind glass at the opening event. But for those who wish to browse through these original works of art, the artists will be showing their sketchbooks at the gallery during the day on Monday 7 May, before the exhibition opening. Thereafter, the sketchbooks may be viewed at the gallery on request and under supervision for the duration of the exhibition. RESPONSIBLE GRAFFITI PROJECT: Cape Town street art guru Senyol and Durban graf-X ranter Ewok will be running a “Responsible Grafitti” workshop in the gallery on Sunday, 6 May. The mural art produced on that day will be on exhibition for the duration of the show. THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT: For a sampling of what’s been going on in the Sketchbook Project, go to http://www.sketchbookproject.blogspot.com/. Most of the work on exhibition will relate back to the sketchbook pages the participating artists have...

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CT @ Design Indaba Week – Blissville all over again.
Feb26

CT @ Design Indaba Week – Blissville all over again.

When I heard there was a female pilot steering our fruity flight to Cape Town I should have known it was going to be a week with a bitter-sweet difference.  I absolutely love going to the Mother City for a visit, some of my best connections live in ‘blissville’ – in this instance they proved to be thoroughly divine inexhaustive distractions dragging me down the paths of Long and Kloof street to mountain oblivion…  As the plane hit the runway at the recently expanded and earily quiet CT airport, the shocked cries of fellow passengers woke me from my jozi ratrace and deadline reverie –  I was dangerously bouncing down the tar into one of the most beautiful cities on earth and ready to lap up every moment.  It really helps having “out there” friends who know who’s who and what’s vying on and all… especially when you can’t afford the real Design Indaba experience and you’re totally fronting and hanging out pretending to be in Cape Town for the shplindaba when you know it’s for so much more than that.  See our CT and Design Indaba pics here. We started off the sejour with a suprise turn at the Terenzo Hair Dressing school in the City Bowl where we were cajoled into being models for some nervous students.  It just happened to clash with the “must be at” presentation by Brian Eno at the Michaelis art school we were supposed to be attending, but our dedication to supporting the aspirations and dreams of young South African hair dressers meant we opted for the pamper session instead… Damn.  The Terenzo school is housed in an awesome building with the latest in equipment and facilities – fabulara -darl ….  Big generalised Observation about Cape Town Number One – Cape Townians have better architectural, design and general aesthetic taste than the rest of the country.  Gross generalisation that may be, but just look around you at most of the beaauuutiful architecture of Joburg’s overrun Tuscan suburbs and you will have to agree.  Even the RDP houses in Cape Town have style . Have you tried to find some affordable fabulous furniture that doesn’t come from the somewhat ‘tres beaucoup imali’ Tonic or boutiques at 44 Stanley in Jozi? Not really possible…But CT is heaving with great local design. (PS: if you’d like to contest this, please give us addresses of where to find good local products for good prices for our good life.)   During our stay in Cape Town, and yes it was Design Indaba week, we enjoyed some of the most fabulous design work from great local talent that made us seriously consider maxxxxxing the credit card again just when we were recovering from Dec’s...

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Fashion week: Colour coded by Darkie
Feb22

Fashion week: Colour coded by Darkie

Darkie’s youthful and innovative collection of denims, T-Shirts, women’s shirts, dresses and jackets is really funky and totally edgy. Zips and funky stylish detail added the extra zing that made this collection much more than wearable clothing. The dynamic collection gives off that ‘taking it easy’ feel. Darkie models pushed the bar by wearing goggles and the signature Darkie afro comb in their hair. The range was a complete extension of the Darkie philosophy of celebrating and enjoying being Darkies. Click here to see photos from the show. These images are supplied by Audi Joburg Fashion Week, click here to go to the...

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Fashion Week: Stoned Cherrie’s Majestic Divas!
Feb16

Fashion Week: Stoned Cherrie’s Majestic Divas!

Stoned Cherrie showcased a stunning range of garments from their chic winter range at the Audi Joburg Fashion Week last night. Divided into four and aptly themed: Independence, Courage, Passion and Abundance it looks like this winter is for the woman of substance! One of our citizen journo’s Vince found himself balled over by the range and this is what he had this to say… As the models glided across the stage with very apparent pizzazz I realized that every outfit in the Stoned Cherrie winter range is a must have! Bags, hats, Stoned Cherrie eye- wear, bold blue and gold accessories, a magnificent combination of cream leather skirts and knitted shoulder jackets had the audience literally gawking (I heard “oohs” and “aaahs”!) The stunning evening wear was just out of this world- presenting dust brown, dark chocolate, light blue and yellowish curry colours. This collection definitely ensures that all fabulous modern women have something to wear on a night out on the town! Click here to see photos from the show. These images are supplied by Audi Joburg Fashion Week, click here to go to the...

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