Tan lines, humidity, holidays; Part 2 of our 2013 Highlights is a celebration of Summer – the season when all feels possible and in SA the season that brings us a fresh start. With the tropics in mind, we selected our favourite works featured on 10and5 in 2013 resulting in a list of felt bananas, bold patterned fashion, and a quick stop passed the 80s. Here’s a glance back as we take on the new year.
Meet Jody Paulsen: fine artist, graduate, and collaborator with Keith Henning on the Adriaan Kuiters SS 13/14 collection. Fresh off the back of his Masters solo exhibition, What You Want Whenever You Want It, a one night affair that was followed by great reviews, Jody shared his work and aspirations with us.
If any combination of all-black ensembles, lilos, lawnmowers, golf and monogrammed dressing gowns appeals to you, you would’ve loved this.
Athi-Patra Ruga is a performance and studio artist. His work showcases marginalized experiences through mythical characters, making them identifiable, yet still maintaining their strangeness. Athi’s Azania is a region of bold tropical colors populated with characters whose identities are in a state of transformation.
Lucie De Moyencourt is a painter and illustrator based in Cape Town. When we initially asked to interview Lucie, we expected to get her written answers back in a few days. Instead, she surprised us with unique illustrations drawn to answer each of our questions.
FoxP2 threw us back to the ’80s in Property24’s campaign emphasizing how inconvenient house-hunting could be without today’s technology and Property24’s online service.
In 2007 industrial designer Adriaan Hugo and graphic designer Katy Taplin combined their skills to form Dokter and Misses. The husband and wife duo design and produce a selection of furniture, lighting and objects. Despite their varied style, you can usually tell a Dokter and Misses piece when you see one. Bold modernist lines and graphic patterns are two indicators, and there is undoubtedly a sense of humour in their work.
Kirsten Lilford is an artist based in Cape Town, whose naturalistic paintings reveal a mysterious and rather ominous tone in what would otherwise be everyday snapshots of family outings, domestic scenes and the suburban landscape.
Cape Town based graphic designer/director/photographer (etc.), Ben Johnson, redesigned and launched his portfolio site in 2013. The new website showcases Ben’s original approach and inventive layout style in work for brands like Adriaan Kuiters, a store and Unknown Union as well as colourful and collaged fashion editorials and installations.
Laura Windvogel, aka Lady Skollie, is well-known as a stylist, film photographer and artist. She paints what she calls “slightly offensive watercolors”, which explore sexuality, and how people react to the depiction thereof. the end of 2013 saw the launch of her first ever sex ‘zine.
Kirsten Beets thinks of her illustrations as fragments of memory captured in a tangible form. By rendering them in minute detail with oil paint, she adds value and a rich depth to scenes or seemingly meaningless or cheap objects, elevating their significance and making them touchstones of memory.
The Pit is a South African website & zine (both printed and online) featuring the local underground bodyboarding culture through photography and videography. Its good looks are due its founder,Graham Wiles, also being a graphic designer.
Artist Rudi de Wet collaborated with Dutchie Surf Designs to create these eye-pleasing, graphic surfboards. For the collab, Dutchie shaped a 5’6 Junkie Spoon and a 5’8 Caviar model to be Rudi’s canvas. Rudi handpainted directly onto the foam, including all logo and type work, before the boards were laminated and finished.
SINDISO KHUMALO is the self-titled womenswear brand of a South African-born, London-based textile and fashion designer. SINDISO KHUMALO the brand encompasses bold, graphic prints with a sophisticated, minimalist construction. Sindiso Khumalo the young designer grew up in SA and first studied Architecture at UCT before becoming a one-to-watch in the fashion industry.
Joburg-based dream team Jana Hamman and Koos Groenewald, known collectively as Jana + Koos, produced some incredible work in 2013. Specialising in Concept Design, their big ideas are always impressively executed whether the job calls for advertising, design, illustration, photography or art.
Based in Cape Town, photographers Jonathan Kope and Jarred Figgins make up the prolific double-act that is known as KOPE | FIGGINS. The duo tends to gravitate towards fashion photography and have worked together for about 3 years.
Under her label Loin Cloth & Ashes, Anisa Mpungwe creates strong silhouettes with a distinct African sensibility. Over the years the label has become synonymous with natural shapes and easy-to-wear fashion, whereas the Loin Cloth & Ashes 2013/14 collection explores sharper lines and edgy geometric prints that were sourced from Tanzania. The campaign and lookbook for the collection was photographed by Steve Marais.
Katherine-Mary Pichulik, or Kat as she’d introduce herself, is the founder, designer and maker behind Pichulik, the bold accessories line for bolder women. Inspired by her travels, artist friends, fellow wonderful women, and the gutsy and down-right courageous stuff in each of us; Pichulik pieces are hand-made from rope and collected materials – anything from shell to semi-precious stones.
In addition to being a fashion photographer (who spends his time between Johannesburg and Cape Town), Steve Marais is a founding member and publisher of Gaschette Magazine: the largest independent online fashion magazine in Africa. Steve’s photographic style ranges from editorial to character portraiture. “Inspired by emotion, attitude and feeling, he takes pride in having hands-on creative direction. By creating bizarre story scenarios subjects have to work through or act out, Steve manages to capture what comes naturally in the moment.”
L’MAD is a fashion and collaborative art studio that curates unique and limited edition collections with established and emerging African visual artists. Director Lucy MacGarry chooses projects that present multidisciplinary creativity. In 2013 she released a collection of silk scarves for men and women designed in collaboration with photographer and filmmaker Nico Krijno.
Driehoek is an illustration collective consisting of Megan Bird and Lizanne Visser. The duo describe themselves as “two kids who like drawing, a lot,” but what they didn’t mention is that they’re also incredibly good at it.
Although we’re still trying to wrap our heads around precisely how Givan Lötz — visual artist, musician and designer — does it all, we are quite certain that he does it all well. In August he kindly agreed to answer some of our questions, giving us a bit more insight about who he is and what he does.
It wouldn’t occur to most of us to photograph a ketchup bottle on a checkered tablecloth overlaid with plastic, but it did to Shaun Stander – which is exactly why his pictures are so striking. There is something surreal about his use of light too, as deep shadows and bright highlights often make it seem as though two opposing times of day have come together in a single image.
Based in Cape Town, Julia Merrett works as a full time, freelance photographer shooting mainly portraiture, journalism, documentary and unusual landscapes. The themes she considers in her personal photography are listed as youth, perceptions of beauty, nostalgia, stories, frailty, things that have stopped moving but continue to grow, things that keep moving but cease to live, impermanence, loss and the human spirit.