This is certainly my desire, but I believe to continue this work, I must continue to travel, which enables me to step out of my comfort zone, and gain greater inspiration which will generate newer, bolder ideas.
I recently took a trip to Cape Town, South Africa to attend Design Indaba, an annual international design conference. My purpose was to travel, get re-inspired and meet other internationally like-minded creative people. This had been my goal for the last two years.This year the conference theme was “MAKE CHANGE” through design activism. According to the site, “There are people out there finding creative solutions to daily problems that are creating real change in this world. From a man that spends an hour each Saturday sanding and painting a park bench that needs a bit of love, to a woman who engineers a solution for an upcycled sleeping bag for the homeless to give them a warm, dry place to sleep. They do this to better someone’s life, beautify a street, uplift a community or just make someone smile.” Starbucks, Nike and Nando’s just to name a few. One of my favorite speakers was Shubhankar Ray, global brand director of G-Star Raw. He spoke on RAW for the Oceans Project, a collaborative effort for retrieving plastic from our oceans and transforming it into denim. Pharrell, is also a collaborator on the project. Shubhankar Ray perspective of design is very interesting because he graduated with a degree in science but fate led him to become a leader in the creative industry. Now he’s doing what he loves and is currently creating an impact on the world through design with G-Star. Below is a link of Shabaka Raw giving his perspective on advertising and culture:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Ckga-Frqo&w=560&h=315]Each day before attending the conference, I explored the city of Cape Town, the first thing on my to-do list. Because it was my first time on the continent of Africa and more specifically in South Africa, I needed to observe and experience all that I could. Table Mountain, the 7th wonder of the world, was the first place I explored because everyone suggested it as the best option to take tons of photos and experience a great view. I probably spent 2 hours on top of the mountain, wondering around meeting people from across the world and even a few from the city where I reside, Washington D.C. In addition to Table Mountain, I traveled to a few more common places such as Kloof and Bree Street which are known for their bars, restaurant, clubs and boutiques. This area is a huge attraction for tourists, especially ones looking for a good time. Ritz Camera in Bathesda, Maryland for sponsoring me with equipment to document, through photography and videography, the creative culture in South Africa. The photos and video will be posted online soon at my next exhibition. So stay tuned!
There will be more post to come! The upcoming post will focus on certain parts of my trip and my perspective on the culture, tips when traveling and much more.