by Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal) For Design Annotator today, we’ve chosen:


  • The start of our annual Young South Africa series, featuring Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
  • Bizarre AfrikaBurn photographs coming to life through motion photography
  • The second installment of our Show & Tell creative talks
  • Illustrations by standup comedian and former art director, Donovan Goliath
  • Self Starters: an interview with Hlengiwe Vilakati, the owner and manager of Jo Anke Gallery
  • A list of 10 creatives who are inspired by the city
  • Limited-edition artist blankets for Mr Price Home
  • The Nokia Asha A-List Competition opens for entries

Young South Africa

For the past few years, we’ve been running an annual series known as ‘Young South Africa‘ to coincide with National Youth Month in June. It’s that time again and so, for the month to come, we’ll be taking a look at some talented young creatives plus the projects that document youth culture in our country.

Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

Young South Africa - Sibs Shongwe-La MerKicking things off for Young South Africa this year, we have Sibs Shongwe-La Mer.

The prolific 22-year-old is a filmmaker, photographer and musician. In 2013, he founded The Whitman Independent — a youth art retailer, filmhouse, gallery and publisher — and he is just about to start production on his first feature film ‘Territorial Pissings’.

Catch an interview with Sibs Shongwe-La Mer and keep up to date with the Young South Africa series as it progresses.


Motion photography by Lukas Renlund brings bizarre AfrikaBurn photos to life

Bizarre AfrikaBurn photos come to life!
from Not So Fast | Media on Vimeo.

Since collaborating with us on a previous AfrikaBurn post, Lukas Renlund has been working flat-out on this very special feature: bringing to life a selection of his images that capture the weird and wonderful nature of AfrikaBurn through motion photography.

Read a bit of what Renlund had to say about the AfrikaBurn motion photographs.


Show & Tell | An evening of creative talks hosted by 10and5

10and5 showandtell June 2014It’s Show & Tell time again! On 11 June 2014, we’re bringing you the second in an ongoing series of creative talks that we will be hosting throughout the year. Our speakers for this edition are:

  • Photographer, filmmaker and musician Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, who will be giving us some insight into the process of writing the first draft and shooting the first version of Territorial Pissings himself, leading up to where he is now: reinvestigating the story and re-shooting the film on a larger scale.
  • Jake Bester, the executive creative director of Machine, plans to speak on the fact that agency culture doesn’t just happen; it’s an ongoing process that requires a lot of structure and ongoing work.
  • Daniel de Kock and Jarryd Bekker, who will be speaking about their Afrikaburn project, Fire in the Sky, and what went into creating it.

RSVP for the next Show & Tell, which is taking place at Jozi Hub at 44 Stanley.


10 creatives inspired by the city

10 creatives inspired by the cityInstead of fleeing to the countryside for peace of mind, loads of local creatives are turning to the cityscape for inspiration. We’ve put together a collection of artists, photographers, architects and illustrators whose works reflect the manufactured beauty of the urban jungle.

From architectural city guides to street art interventions, check out 10 creatives inspired by the city.


Self-Starters: Hlengiwe Vilakati | Jo Anke Gallery

Self-Starters - Hlengiwe Vilakati of Jo Anke GalleryHlengiwe Vilakati is the owner and manager of the Jo Anke Gallery in Orange Grove, Johannesburg.

Jo Anke, however, is more than just an exhibition space but a full-service arts business specialising in providing representation and services to young artists to help develop their careers; art dealing; consulting to private, corporate and governmental clients; and art leasing and management.

Five years on from the opening of Jo Anke, we chat to Vilakati to hear her current thoughts and feelings on the local art world.


Donovan Goliath: illustrator and standup comedian

Donovan Goliath - LOYISO GOLAGrowing up in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Donovan Goliath says: “The closest thing to creativity for me was hand-painted signs on spaza shop windows and walls. I loved drawing so I would try and mimic the illustrations of Coke cans, cigarettes and loaves of bread.”

While he’s made the transition from working as an art director to a standup comdedian, what has remained constant is Goliath’s love for illustration. To this end, he’s continued to build up an impressive body of work which he hopes will lead to an exhibition down the line.

Read more about Goliath’s journey so far.


Design doing good | Artist blankets for Mr Price Home

A new Colab project from Mr Price Home sees five South African designers collaborating with the brand to create a range of winter blankets.

The designs by Mia Widlake, Amanda du Plessis, Michele Aubourg, Michael Chandler and Renee Roussouw have been transferred onto thick, fluffy locally manufactured blankets and 10% of every purchase made will be donated to the Red Cap Foundation.

See each of the Artist Blankets for Mr Price Home.


Nokia Asha A-List brief, open for entries

Nokia Asha A-List competitionNokia is calling all local fashion students, style crews and aspiring designers to enter the Nokia Asha A-List Competition. The prize includes the chance to design your own fashion collection worth R50 000, a Durban July Experience and a Nokia Lumia device.

To stand a chance to win, entrants need to submit a concept before 27 June 2014 for the range they would design if they won, including visual references.

Find out about the themes and how to submit for the Nokia Asha A-List Competition.


Uno de WaalDesign Annotator is a regular column on MarkLives featuring the top design work from South Africa’s biggest online creative showcase, Between 10 and 5, which is curated by publisher Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal), inaugural South African winner of the British Council South Africa‘s Young Creative Entrepreneur (#YCE) Digital Publishing Award in March 2014.



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