Miss Molly

We’re a pretty fashionable bunch at DIY, we even know what colour blocking is, but when it comes to fashion in Durban, one blogger is ahead of the curve. We chatted to Melissa Kieser about the dos and don’ts of blogging and staying fashionable in Durban.   DIY: First off, can we get a little background info on who are you and what you do? Melissa: My name is Melissa Kieser, recently married, happy girl living in Durban. I spend... Read More

Garth Walker

Today we chat to South African design legend and founder of iJusi, Garth Walker. We get his opinions on creating an African design language, big agencies vs small, personal vs corporate and the future of design.   DIY: You are considered one of the pioneers of developing a design language in Africa with the i-Jusi publication first being published in 1995 as the only experimental graphics magazine. Do you think this is a fair assessment? How... Read More

Still Free

Mookie Chapman recently took fine art to the streets by taking over the corner of Brook Street and Anton Lembede with his Still Free exhibition. Check out this short video by Kenneth Gwele which covers the exhibition and discusses the importance of taking art to the streets.      Read More

Gerard Smith

Being a twin is a hard life, especially when Russel Smith is your brother but Gerard Smith has managed to make a name for himself despite the handicap. We chat to the ‘cleaner looking’ twin about life in apparel design and the pros and cons of being a Jack-of-all-trades. DIY: Who is Gerard Smith, what do you do and where can we find you between 8 and 5 on weekdays? Gerard: Gerard is Russel’s ‘cleaner looking’ twin brother, whom... Read More

Marco Cianfanelli

We caught up with Marco Cianfanelli about the Release sculpture he created at the Nelson Mandela capture site in Howick. we chat about what it took to make the iconic sculpure a reality and what it means to him. DIY: Were you fearful of the pressure to create something iconic when you were approached to complete this project? What was the biggest challenge you faced to make your vision a reality? Marco: Given that Jeremy Rose (Mashabane Rose &... Read More

Durban Interpreted

This year’s Interpret Durban was an absolute humdinger of a party. All that were there haven’t been able to shut up about it and neither has Bob Perfect, he shares his memories of the night with us after the jump.   Over the years the BAT Center has played host to some of the most memorable shows of my life and last Saturday, another hefty deposit was made into the memory bank. It felt good to return to the BAT Center for this year’s... Read More

Sanele Cele

Sanele Cele is a charismatic and determined fashion designer straight out of Umlazi making some national waves at the moment. Russell Grant did a fashion shoot with his label, Tempracha, because we wanted to share his steez and Bob Perfect had a chat with Sanele about being burned, what’s killing design and how he’s fighting to change that.   DIY: We’ll start this off with the a simple, who are you, where are you from and what... Read More

Greg Lomas

Greg Lomas has made a habit of exploring Africa and documenting his journeys along the way. We discover how he made the transition from graphic design into photography and filmmaking.   DIY: Give us a short description of a day in the life of Greg Lomas?  Greg: Coffee will introduce the day to me, and right now my workday lacks a general rhythm since I am currently balancing a number of projects and trying to give each one attention. So potentially... Read More

Win Free Entry To Interpret Durban!

The line-up for this year’s Interpret Durban has been announced and out of nowhere, a name that hasn’t been seen on a poster in years takes the big bold spot at the top. Yup, Big Idea will be headlining a bill that see’s Durban’s finest collaborating to compete against each other. Wukkine. I know this news is a lot to take in, but you’re going to need to brace yourselves for more good news, you can get in for free. Yes,... Read More

Entries For Interpret Durban Are Open!

  Has it been a year already? It feels like it was just the other day that we were “the fabled mice playing in the cats’ absence” in City Hall at last year’s Interpret Durban. This is the third time you get to Interpret Durban through your voice of choice and this year those choices are video, photography, mixed medium and design, although the design comp is invite only. They’ll be announcing the prizes and live... Read More

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