“The way of a pioneer is…” – “to invent” and “to create”
I left my crisp white sticker blank… I didn’t want to define the word for what it is, that only limits its meaning.
I wanted to explore the word and see what it means to me. I mean it’s 2017, it is rare to discover something utterly new. We tend to take what is already known and manipulate it into what we need from it.
We suck up inspiration like Dementors. Though they (dementors) fear the light we create our own patronus-
And that is what a pioneer means to me, to be an inspiration-sucking dementor that creates patronuses in all shapes and sizes deriving on the positive force.
We sat down for the THE TALK, not the awkward birds and bees one. On the contrary, this talk was far more enlightening.
Tapiwa Matsinde whom I now adore, spoke about shining light on Africa as a continent and showing how different our cultures and traditions are. Though we are all Africans we are not one massive tribe with one history. She also spoke about how challenging it is to write about designers who don’t want to identify as ‘African designers’ because of the limitations and how the rest of the world will automatically place them in a box to what they stereo-typically expect to come from Africa. I related to this because as a future designer I have to ask myself; HOW DO YOU WANT THE WORLD TO PERCEIVE YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GENERATE IN THEM WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON?
Katherine-Mary Pichulik sparked a new credo onto me, her productivity method. She spoke about how she would find something and with that she will research any and every possible history of that something (from mythical beliefs to all types of connotations) and from that she will interpret a new tangible modish art. Her process consists of deconstructing and reconstructing in all forms until she has the best design. That is when the thought dawned on me, sometimes you have to do something a million times over (cough cough CRD) before you get it right.
The third guest speaker, Moran Carl Munyuthe said that art and what you create is literature, that “your work becomes poetic”. That is something I’d love everyone to aspire towards. To create something that will live in the yonder of our existence. As Shakespeare wonderfully concluded in his Sonnet 18 “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee”.
At the end of THE TALK, we enjoyed the rest of the market with amazing designers which ranged from shoes to clothes to bags to jewelry to unicorns and the most cutest stuffed animals ever! AND THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!
written by: Monaisha Le Fleur