We’ve gathered six southern-African storytellers in Cape Town for the first stage of their Design Futures storytelling project. In December we put out a call for entries and a few weeks later we undertook an intensive screening process of over 170 portfolios across various creative disciplines. Competition was tough, talent was amazing, but we had to make a decision.
Design Futures project aims to encourage conversations about design, sustainability and the circular economy. We’re also seeking a deeper understanding about the Sub-Saharan Africa design sector. The selected storytellers have been tasked with creating narratives about the journeys of six designers whose work embodies circular design and sustainability. These designers attended the Circular Futures Lab 2019 which followed the Ellen McArthur Foundation’s circular design framework and was hosted by the British Council in the UK.
We are delighted to announce the six storytellers who have been selected for the Design Futures project:
Sekayi Fundafunda-Lungu is a blogger, photographer and founder of the fashion platform, MaFashio. The award-winning blog documents the life and style on the streets of Lusaka, Zambia. Sekayi has over eight years’ experience in fashion-related content creation with a focus on sustainable design and educating the youth on sustainability. She is a former Mandela Washington Fellow. Sekayi holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Lusaka as well as a certificate in Fashion and Sustainability from London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
The self-taught freelance digital artist Bill Masuku, is a pioneer in Zimbabwe’s comic industry. The 25 year-old is the founder of Enigma Comix Africa, as well as the creator of Razor-Man and Captain South Africa. His earlier stories and narratives reflect social injustices in Zimbabwe. This year Bill will feature at Comic Con Africa. Bill graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa.
Mehryne’s passion for environmental conservation is expressed in her written and video work which often addresses and educates the public on issues of climate change and its effect on our world. The 22 year-old wants to explore ways technology and media can help raise awareness about environmental issues. Mehryne holds a BSc Journalism with a minor in Digital Media at the University of Mauritius.
Well-known in the South African publishing space for her work on women’s issues, culture, identity, health and social injustice, Stefanie Jason classifies herself as a ‘conscious creator’. The award-winning journalist and editor has featured in publications such as: the Mail & Guardian, City Press and Marie Claire. Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Theory and Practice, and Media from University of Cape Town. As well as Master of Arts in Contemporary Curatorial Practice from Wits University.
Temwa Msiska is the founder of the tourism startup, Orion Malawi. In addition to being a lawyer by profession, she has a wealth of experience in marketing, PR and communications. Temwa currently uses her digital platform to convey the stories, vibrancy and beauty of her country not only to attract people to Malawi but to connect industry leaders. Temwa holds a LLB Law from the University of Wolverhampton as well as an MBA from BPP University College in London.
Mozambican-based David Pinto Calvo Aguacheiro is a filmmaker, visual artist, photographer and graphic designer with extensive experience both locally and abroad. David’s passion for sustainability and environmental issues is evident in his award-winning body of work. He recently participated in a two-year residency with the Social Life of Waste international art residency program. David holds a BA Communication Design from the Superior Institute for Arts and Culture. He is currently completing his MA Design and Multimédia at Pedagogic University in Maputo.
During the workshop the six participants will share ideas and explore creative storytelling techniques as they prepare to document the journey of designers. They will work with the following facilitators and presenters: Cyril Naicker: CEO of Imprint Luxury and national co-ordinator of Fashion Revolution South Africa; Binwe Adebayo: culture writer and media studies scholar; Katekani Moreku: Sustainable Fashion Designer; Lauren Theunissen: photographic department administrator and exhibition curator at Orms, Dr Erica de Greef: co-founder of the African Fashion Research Institute; and Pavitray Pillay, manager of SASSI and Environmental Behaviour Change Practitioner with WWF South Africa.
About British Council
British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Design Futures falls under its Southern African Arts programme, which has developed cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and Southern Africa with a range of arts projects and use of digital platforms to build creative networks through art forms including, fashion, music, film, design and more.
As a non-profit media and communications company, Twyg encourages an eco-conscious and progressive lifestyle. It inspires with stories about fashion, people, food and places that don’t harm the planet nor people. Twyg is a fast-developing brand, founded and edited by Jackie May, who has over 20 years of experience working in media. It focuses on sustainability issues and is driven by young energetic local writers across southern Africa.
Jackie May, Project Director
Rutendo Nyamuda, Project Manager