Yogi Sip Announces 2021 Young Creators’ Network Winner in Partnership with 10and5

On Saturday, 27 March, industry folks, influencers, art lovers and enthusiasts gathered at the Villa Simmone Boutique Hotel in Houghton, Johannesburg, for an afternoon of networking and appreciating art at the Yogi Sip Young Creators’ Network Top 15 Event and Exhibition. Villa Simmone’s beautiful, lush green garden was decorated with the artworks of the talented creatives, allowing for an outdoor exhibition under the sun.

Upon attendance was Lady Skollie, who shared inspiring words with the top 15 creatives and delved into her career journey, as well as 2020’s winner, Masonwabe Nhloko, who spoke about what winning the competition the previous year meant to him as an artist. “Things like this are not possible sometimes, you don’t think things like this are possible for you. Imagine having to grow up looking at these things then one day you’re designing this stuff,” he said. “You always dream about things but you don’t really think they’re possible. So that’s what this meant, it was just that affirmation of you can literally do whatever you want to do.” Other guests included gallery curator Thembi Matroshe, all-round creative Lesego ‘Azania Forest’ Seoketsa, DJ and TV personality Speedsta, and many more.

The exhibition shined a light on artists from different walks of life, who had been chosen to take part in Yogi Sip’s Young Creators’ Network competition – a platform by the brand aimed at upskilling the youth and offering them a chance to grow their creative practice. Last year, the brand called on creatives to submit their best work to not only join the competition, but to stand a chance to design the brand’s limited edition packaging for Youth Month 2021, as well as a cash prize of R20,000. After going through over 600 submissions and having the tough job of choosing shortlisted candidates, a curatorial panel made up of representatives from both Yogi Sip and 10and5, as well as last year’s winner Masonwabe Ntloko, and original Yogi Sip designer David Tshabalala, selected the 15 artists who would go forward in the competition. The exhibition held this past weekend was the final stage of the year-long search for the next artist to design their limited edition Youth Month packaging.

After much-anticipation, Joburg-based digital artist Phila Hillie was announced as this year’s winning artist who will receive the opportunity to design Yogi Sip’s limited edition packaging for the month of June. Hillie is a notable creative on the rise, whose striking creations landed her a spot on this year’s top 15 list. Using her Instagram page as her canvas, the 23-year-old architecture graduate uses her creative talents to showcase women-focused artworks and creates a safe space for women to explore themselves without the pressure that society projects on them.

“When I first started sharing my work, my aim was to just tell my story, be myself and shed more light on black women and create spaces in which we can exist as ourselves,” Hillie explained. “This is why winning means so much on a professional and personal level.”

While chatting about what the YCN experience was like, Hillie shared: “This experience has been amazing mainly because it’s so great to see upcoming and young artists being supported and given a platform. Especially during these uncertain times.”

Keep scrolling for more pics from the event, and be sure to check the shelves for Hillie’s winning Yogi Sip design out in June!

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