Art & Design

I take a look at some desirable objects, the trends they mimic and the designers and artists responsible for creating them.

A New Year Facing Charred Beginnings

Picture of a burnt car on a maroon background taken by Ivan Ballack

This image entitled ‘Some of us have had enough’ (courtesy of Ivan Ballack) might depict exactly how you feel.

If the news headlines over these first weeks of 2015 are anything to go by, it’s been a year of charred beginnings for many. There have been those whose credibility have gone up in smoke (think Zelda La Grange and Sunette Bridges) while others were victims of arson, murder and theft (eg, what happened in Theunissen and what’s happening in Soweto). I too greeted my 2015 with that day-after-a-braai smell on my clothes (though I was nowhere near a braai). Instead of falling prey to crime or the temptation to broadcast my opinions on social media, my charred beginning was caused by dashed hopes and untimely goodbyes. (more…)

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All I want for Christmas

There’s a song that I grew up with. My mom used to sing it to me all the time. It was made famous by Doris Day and it went a little something like this: “Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera, sera.” (more…)

Local (Design) is Lekker!

The local design world’s abuzz with news of the first 100% Design South Africa, which starts running at Gallagher Convention Centre tomorrow in conjunction with Decorex SA. This international design exhibition, which started in London and has made its way to Tokyo and Singapore, now finds itself at the gateway to the African continent. As an official part of Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 programme, 100% Design South Africa firmly establishes that local (design) is lekker!

100% Design South Africa

The visual feast that is 100% Design South Africa

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Trend forecasters predict 2015/16

I had my first brush with trend forecasting when I wrote about Li Edelkoort back in 2010. At that stage all I cared to know was that Li was a red-lipped leader in the field. Recently though, my interest in trend forecasting was sparked again at the Inspire 2014 where Dave Nemeth gave his take on the design trends for 2015/16.

Dave Nemeth at Inspire 2014

Dave Nemeth at Inspire 2014

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Lizel Cloete sings “I’m every woman!”

Growing up I always noticed amazing, “raak vat” women (an Afrikaans saying meaning the same as having a can-do attitude). Over the last few years though, the number of amazing go-getter women in my circle have increased ten-fold. All around I find them busting it and succeeding.

The following post is dedicated to one such woman. I wrote it while humming

“I’m every Woman … it’s all in me … Anything you want done baby … I do it naturally …”

Whitney Houston may have made that line famous, but Lizel Cloete, owner of new-found CREATEstudio, really deserves to sing it. She can literally do “anything you want done baby!”

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Design Inspiration

I’ve always had an affinity for all things design related. Sharing life with a creative who’s used to wearing the hats of artist, designer, entrepreneur and photographer has brought me that much closer to the world of lines, colour, positioning and texture. I thoroughly enjoy every minute spent in Ballack Art House space. It’s a space where crazy ideas have free reign and where the limits of design and business possibilities are forever being pushed.

Tomorrow Ballack Art House, or BAH for short, will be extending their creative space to the Gallagher Convention Centre where Inspire 2014 will be taking place. (more…)

Ballack, Balls and German Heritage

The name Ballack rang no bells for me when I heard it for the first time in December 2013. Since then I’ve seen many a soccer and art aficionado’s ears perk up at the mention of that name and I have subsequently become more clued up.

Peter Balac after a Kaizer Chiefs win in 1981 (Picture: Robert Tshabalala for Gallo)

Peter Balac after a Kaizer Chiefs win in 1981 (Picture: Robert Tshabalala for Gallo)

Former German captain Michael Ballack

Former German captain Michael Ballack

Ballack Art House creative director Ivan Ballack

Ballack Art House creative director Ivan Ballack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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