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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Tamsyn Jack

My name is Tamsyn Jack. I am 20 years of age and would describe myself as an aspiring mermaid and tea enthusiast.

Aside from that, I am a food science student at Stellenbosch University. Most people don't know what food science is, but it is one of the largest and fastest developing fields on the planet as food is an essential part of our survival and happiness. I only heard about food science in my matric year. I was on my way to study dentistry at UWC when I found that I was also accepted for food science at Stellenbosch. I felt God pulling on my heartstrings and I made the last minute switcheroo. I could honestly spend hours in the magical world of Woolies or Dischem's health product aisles (let's not even get started on Wellness Warehouse). 

I cross paths every day with students who are essentially lost, studying a degree they hate, struggling to find the motivation to get through the pressing academic challenges we are faced with every day. I am grateful enough to really be enjoying my degree. I am passionate about re-routing agriculture's impact on the environment by developing sustainable food products/processes that are safe, nutritious and affordable and if you tell me I can't check all of those boxes, I'll tell you that that's just a lame excuse to be lazy. 

I am a creative person. I enjoy cooking, painting and playing around with ideas. I couldn't live without Pinterest and TedTalks. I am taking somewhat of a break from modeling this year to focus my energy on my studies, but I hope to be back and in full force in 2018. I like to be spontaneous and I spontaneously entered for Sarie Voorbladgesig in 2016 and Miss Maties Varsity Cup, making the top 10 for both, along with many amazing friends.

Society does this ugly thing where it places too much importance on what you look like. Being beautiful has so much more depth to it than just your outer appearance. We are teaching young girl's dangerous message when we post half naked pictures on Instagram and this photo gets infinitely more likes than other sorts of photos. 

I think the concept of self-love is beautiful, but I prefer living for others. Doing something for myself of great, but putting a smile on someone else's face is just the next level. People who have the ability to walk around, making everyone around them feel good about themselves and never demanding any sort of attention or something in return inspires me.

I believe in being unapologetically honest and raw with people. I am a shy person, but I love meaningful one-on-one conversations over a cup of tea or coffee. I am the most awkward person when it comes to small talk, but I love hearing how people think. I love seeing how diverse, yet beautiful, people can be. 

In this delightfully chaotic world, I like to surround myself with light-bringers. People who turn the most mundane things into the greatest adventures. People who crack you open, uplift and expand you. It's also so important to be that person for other people as well. Someday, I hope to be traveling the world and using my education to improve the quality of life of others. 

Instagram @tamsyn_jack

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