Queens of Poetry #TheSoireePicnic.

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We hosted our first ever Queens of Poetry #TheSoireePicnic event on the 23rd September 2017 in the most picturesque spring setting at 13 Rhodes Avenue, Parktown West.

The Soiree aimed to celebrate women in poetry who are speaking out and changing society unapologetically through their powerful words and reflections. Hosted by Tshepang Khunou the day was a succesion of engaging entertainment. The afternoon consisted of exhilirating poetry performances by Motheo, Kat Upendi, Queen of Hearts, STY7ES and Ivan followed by musical performances by JESon, Mag SA, Mayhem KS, Prism Da Reason, S-Frequency and Iindirhe to close off with an Ode to the Queens.

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Tshepang Khunou (MC)

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Kat Upendi

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In true Artizen style we aim to make every gathering a holistic art experience. To compliment our celebration of poetry, female artists Nthableleng added to the ambiance with her live painting, Brigid Schutz’ luminous artworks were all the buzz alongside Lalage Hunter’s unique ceramics display. Dijo Catering co and Panda Bear Frozen treats kept the audience refreshed throughout the day.

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It was a first of many Soiree’s to come and a beautiful memorable eventful day.

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Photography by Brigid Schutz & KeGoBellah

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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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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