Design Indaba Emerging Creatives 2018

WORDS Amelia Brown

Here are South Africa’s 50 Emerging Creatives set to make an impact in 2018 and beyond.

Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives Programme was founded in 2005 to nurture new creative talent and break down barriers to entry for those just getting started. The platform, which has helped launch the careers of Laduma Ngxokolo, Katherine-Mary PichulikDaniel Ting Chong and Andile Dyalvane, supports young creatives who have relatively little industry exposure.

The Class of 2018, made up of young architects, fashion designers, illustrators, furniture designers, jewellers, graphic designers and multi-disciplinary mavericks, were selected based on the quality and originality of their work and its ability to stand alongside world-class designs. Of the 50 young designers, 40 will showcase their work in Cape Town at the Artscape Theatre Centre at Design Indaba from 21 to 23 February, with a further 10 showing at LISOF, as part of the Design Indaba Johannesburg Simulcast 2018.

Design Indaba points to some of the highlights to watch out for: prototype appliances, such as a manual washing machine, from promising young industrial designer George Gibbons; colourful camera straps from Lunar Straps founder Tyla Stallbom; an intriguing “wonderverse” by image-maker Sizwe Mbiza; and a new wave of fashion designs for hijabs by Ra’eesah Hoosen, plus many more.

Curated by Hannerie Visser of Studio.H, below are the names of the the Emerging Creatives Class of 2018, in alphabetical order.

  • Balini Naidoo, fashion designer
  • Didintle Ntshudisane, stylist
  • Duma Mtimkulu, ceramicist
  • George Gibbons, industrial designer
  • Imile Wepener, illustrator
  • Jessica Middleton, illustrator
  • Jona Schilling, ceramicist
  • Kayla Shaban, accessory designer
  • Kgaugelo Rakgwale, photographer
  • Kristen van Niekerk, filmmaker
  • Leah Bessa, food designer
  • Mapitso Thaisi, fashion designer
  • Masonwabe Ntloko, artist
  • Max Bauer Nelson-Tansley, graphic designer
  • Minenhle Siphesihle Ntuli, interior designer
  • Neliswa Mpungose, illustrator
  • Neo Mahlangu, graphic designer
  • Nickita Maesela, DJ
  • Ntomegugu Peteni, fashion designer
  • Ra’eesah Hoosen, fashion designer
  • Sakhile Cebekulu, fashion designer
  • Sarah King, ceramicist
  • Sfiso Shange, product designer
  • Shamara Brenna, product designer
  • Shelley Klopper, accessory designer
  • Shelley Mokoena, fashion designer
  • Sizwe Mbiza, artist
  • Sonwabo Valashiya, illustrator
  • Ssanyu Sematimba, graphic designer
  • Stephanie Mzee, photographer
  • Thaakierah Abdul, graphic designer
  • Thabang Rampain, art director
  • Thandazani Nofingxana, artist
  • Tiaan Beukes, furniture designer
  • Tshegofatso Sithole, fashion designer
  • Tshepo Sealetsa, interior designer
  • Tyla Stallbom, product designer
  • Tyler Yeo, architect
  • Wandile Leeu, fashion designer
  • Xolisa Sibeko, communication designer

The extended list of LISOF participants include:

  • Ayanda Nkosi, fashion designer
  • Ben Myres, motion graphics designer
  • Boipelo Khunou, filmmaker
  • Cole Ndelu, photographer
  • Johannes Sebotshane Sithole, fashion designer
  • Lucky Pathle Mashilwane, artist
  • Maggie de Vos, illustrator
  • Nokulunga Mazibuko, ceramicist
  • Refentse Mokale, visual artist and accessory designer
  • Samuel Mabizela, artist

The Emerging Creatives exhibition in Cape Town will be open to the public for free from 5:30 pm on Design Indaba Open Night, which takes place on Wednesday 21 February 2018, to mark the official opening of this year’s Design Indaba Festival of Creativity.

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