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Artist and jewellery designer Githan Coopoo included in NEW WAVE: Creatives list

Representing South Africa at the 2022 edition of the Fashion Awards — through his nomination as one of the 50 creatives listed in the NEW WAVE: Creatives category — is Cape Town-based artist and self-taught jewellery designer Githan Coopoo.

Click here to read more: Revealed – full list for the 2022 edition of the New Wave Creatives.

Image courtesy of Everard Read Gallery.

Coopoo works exclusively with clay as a base medium. Originally focused on volume, opulence and fragility, Coopoo’s clay jewellery has shown at Fashion Weeks internationally, including New York, Paris, Nigeria and Russia.

In a statement the artist writes, “Clay is very human in its behaviour and I like to highlight that in my work, as well as my love for mythology, ancient civilisations and the gifts they have left us. There is something special about objects that are lost and then found again. They change in their absence. Mythology often allows for an easier transmission of queer ideas in this way.”