Taki.

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Creativity is something that comes naturally to us from an early age, growing up we used our imagination to create worlds beyond what we see. This creative on the move takes us back to our formative years with his creations of collectable art toys, we’re talking about the talented Taki Mokoka, an illustrator and art toy designer.

“A friend of mine inspired me into making the toy artworks, he saw my paintings one time and said that I should start making toys and that’s where it began for me. I am really good at creating characters from scratch. All of the figurines are made from waste material then I hand craft everything myself. I would encourage up and coming artists to make sure your art is true to you, I’ve always loved anime sohaving to make art toys was natural to me. Stay consistent in your craft is very important. Never give up hope and always believe in yourself” – Taki Mokoka

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Facebook: We.Are.Taki

Twitter: @WE_ARE_TAKi

Instagram: we_are_taki

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Enlightening young minds.

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Johanna Thindisa is an arts and culture and life skills teacher who also volunteers at early childhood development centers in Joburg. She believes that art and culture is the way to enlighten and brighten young minds.

“I love teaching arts and culture because it activates the mind emotionally and socially. It makes one lively and happy. It allows people to grow and be visionaries. In my time teaching arts and culture, I’ve gotten to see what it does for the children, If a child is not doing too well in maths or languages, arts and culture always allows them to express themselves because there is no wrong or right, so that activates the mind regardless. To be an art teacher you must be positive and have a lot of patience, have a big heart always love what you do. I’d encourage young up and coming creatives to take good care of themselves and focus on that, let the art come from the Inside out.”

 

 

Crochet.

crochet-2With the well advanced machine age we live in, everything is made in an instant. Very few people still value the art of a handmade item. Crocheting is a valuable art form of designing and making an item that is one of it’s kind. If you’re looking to take up crocheting, here are a few things to take note of as you begin your journey.

The art of crocheting begins with your body, make sure you are seated well and can maintain good posture because you will need it to be able to work for longer. Your body will need to be comfortable for you to be able to stretch your arms and knit.

“Crocheting and knitting is a versatile process. Knowing that you can create anything from wool, grow it from there. For instance If you create a square you could expand that by creating a blanket out of it. That’s how you grow in crochet, be creative with it.” – Angela Nimah

When you crochet. Keep it clean and seamless. When you’re knitting or crocheting you can cover up any sort of mistake, to keep your designs clean and crisp, tie knots so that everything is secured.

Learn how to take care of wool. To keep it clean and intact, hand wash it at 30 degrees celsius, then wring and hang. Wool items need special attention.
“It should cost more because it is handmade, take pride in your work and do not under value it.” – Angela Nimah

So before you take up your needles and create your best wool designs, remember to identify why you’re taking up the craft. Create what you like and learn more about what you’re doing

 

His and Hers Jams – Women and Art.

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On a vibey Sunday morning we headed out to Lebo’s Backpackers in Soweto, Mzimhlophe to check out His and Hers Jams #WomenandArt picnic event. His and Hers Jams is a movement centred around the arts, music and its lifestyle and on this particular occasion they set out to celebrate women in art.

As soon as you walk in you are welcomed with warm smiles from the locals, good music and good energy, allowing you to immerse yourself in the fusion of culture in alternative soweto. The area is filled with incredible art works on display by extraordinary female artist who assert their voice through their art.

We find Sizakele Phohleli at her stall sitting symbolically with a suitcase placed on the table, revealing a stack of books titled “Letters to Cinnamon.” The suitcase on the table speaks to the need to unpack pressing issues that are addressed in the book. The book is based on poetry that reflects and tells the stories of the state of black queer Africans.

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Eunice Rakhale-Molefe

Not too far away, we come across Eunice Rakhale-Molefe a culinary veteran and author of Dialogue Dining, which sets to illustrate the culinary diversity of Southern African cuisine and of some regarding the neighbouring states. She compares the similarities while dually authenticating its unique palatable heritage. Her artistry spans beyond the culinary world as she invites us to reflect on our culture, its cuisine and its discourse through literature.

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Masego Masygold Phalane

As you pass through the middle of the space, you can’t help but stop and marvel at Masego Masygold Phalane‘s exhibiton “We are women”.  Her photo exhibition explores black women and their hair. This exhibition features a portrait series of women showing off their expressive hairstyles. Exploring the concept of that hair is their “pride and power”.

Not only did we get to experience the best of the art world, but the best cuisine too. The air was filled with tantalizing aromas and we couldn’t help but indulge in the mouth-watering food from Foyoko and Good to Go Eatery.

With the mc’s adding a little more laughter and burst of energy to our day we couldn’t help but feel at home. The rest of the afternoon is filled with dynamic performances from unique musicians who captivated the audience. DJ Skado a true creative who offered us a dub sound that sends chills down the spine, doing all this from her tablet – how dope! Nono Nkoane showed off her angelic voice and nu jazz sound which smoothed down the mood. This was followed by Lindz Key_Ano’s dynamic number on the piano. Adelle launched us into the afternoon as the sun set the sound of her angelic voice also showing off pure talent as a one man band. The super talented ladies on deck held it down and had everybody on their feet throughout the day, with featured sets by Miss Buttons, Davina Satori, Brown Pepper Ann, and Teedo.

His and Hers Jams gave us a full art experience and a day to remember, thank you to Tshidiso and Ngoako and their incredible team. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and are absolutely looking forward to more from His and Hers Jams.

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                                                          Written by Kea Mooka