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