Designer Interview – Annabella

What is your favourite quote?

I don’t have a quote, but this means a lot to me: ‘God put a smile on my face’

Please introduce yourself to our readers:

I come from a Namibian, German, South African background, grew up in the Kalahari desert and now live in Durban. I’m a qualified Textile designer and have been running my own business for the past year and a half. I am married to Stephan, who is an Industrial designer and just recently (3 weeks ago) we had a beautiful baby girl.

Congrats new mom! Did you have a key experience that was responsible for you going into design?

I can’t remember having a key-experience, but just know that art and creative activities have always been a part of my life. The earliest evidence is a home-made video – my dad loved filming us – where I must be about 3 years old and sitting quietly making a necklace out of chunky beads. I also remember remodelling jeans into ‘bellbottoms’ and tie-dying clothes in all bright colours (the 90’s were fun..!). So the love for textiles, colour and interesting shapes and forms was shaped early, maybe as a reaction to the dullness of the desert.

Flashback! 90´s coloured jeans. What other projects have you worked on since?

I worked on ‘donotdryclean’ with Crystal Cambell and Alistair Palmer. My inspiration for the jackets came from a project done 2 years earlier – the ‘Reworn’ range. A collection of garments made from pre-loved and second-hand clothing that were remodelled and re-beautified to inspire the wearer to cherish each piece deeply, and also in an attempt to reduce textile waste on local landfills. Another project I would eagerly like to introduce are the ‘Durban Plant Studies’ – a series of prints inspired by the luscious plantlife of Kwazulu – Natal and Durban. These prints were exhibited at the Artisan Gallery in Florida rd. in December last year.

Reworn range project

Durban Plant Studies project

I love your projects, and collaborating is what we want to promote. What do you have coming up next?

I’m taking a break at the moment, spending all the time I can with my beautiful daughter. But there are plans to exhibit at the Design Indaba in February 2009. And I’m also involved in a very exciting Shoeproject…I’ll keep you posted.

Shoes! Yes do, for now though, how do people get in touch with you?

I’m always available on email and check out my picasa album for new and fun projects.

Thanks Annabella! I hope you inspire someone out there to be creative and follow their dreams.

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