If anyone can turn plastic milk bottles into intricate lampshades, it’s Heath Nash. He
made a name for himself on the design scene with his ability to transform waste into
objects of beauty.
But as his craft gained recognition, Nash realised it was to the exclusion of local
artisans. For decades, South Africans have upcycled trash to use in their everyday lives.
Now, their ingenuity returns to the forefront of the art world.
Obakeng Molepe captures things you can’t see. The photographer’s technical skills are
masterful to no end. But when the artist listens to his inner voice, he goes beyond
aesthetics and exposes the crevices of his mind. “ In his series, Ferry, mental health is
the main subject. To erase the prejudice against depression, he’s bringing its normality
Doctors gave up on Reynhardt Smit the day he was born. He had hydrocephalus, or
excess water in his brain. The verdict? Smit would only live for five months. But
physicians had underestimated his fighting spirit. Today, Smit is 25, a successful
musician and committed teacher.
Growing up, Smit observed his father’s band practices, the sounds echoing through the
house. At the age of seven, the curious child picked up his first guitar. Having never
learnt to read music, Smit taught himself to play the guitar, piano, and banjo simply by
listening. He acquired his skills on the saxophone from his father, continuing a family
legacy after he passed away.
Ollie de Wit
A wood-cut Robben Island sits atop a glassy table surface, enveloped by gleaming blue
swirls of resin. It’s an unusual celebration of one of our country’s most iconic locations.
The isolation of the island’s geography and previous prisoners is what furniture
designer Ollie de Wit wanted to portray when he created this piece.
Ever press pause during a movie to catch a frame of cinematic beauty? The frozen still
isn’t a singular image detached from the film but rather a snapshot of a larger story.
Amy Braaf’s photography dissects these very moments. By shooting through the lens of
the female gaze, she’s weaving new, nuanced narratives.