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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…

Amber Tak

My name is Amber. I am 25 years old.  I have certainly lived a rich and colourful journey to date. 

I am currently studying Creative Brand Communication (Graphic design/Art direction) at AAA Advertising School in Cape Town, although it’s not something I’d imagined I’d ever do as I originally studied Fashion Design. I never expected to love it so much and to learn something new each day. I am older than my peers and paying my own way through college, thus I feel like I take this degree very seriously. Each month it’s a struggle to make ends meet but I’m hoping it will be worth it in the end.

My style is influenced by my travels and growing up moving from place to place, constantly exposed to new places and faces. I think I moved about 15 times as a child/teenager growing up. All this has changed me - I now crave adventure and get bored of being in one place too long. I’ve been living in Dubai for the past three years, now Cape Town, after I’m done studying who knows where’s next. I’m a bit of a style chameleon and go through phases. I’ll dress minimally the one day and colour clash the next. Good quality fabric is important to me when buying clothes. It makes me feel comfortable. Each day is a new day to dress up and express myself. 

Issues that hugely affect me are feminism or a lack thereof. Violent hate crimes against women in South Africa seem to be a huge problem at the moment and it really affects me on a personal level. I’m tired of constantly watching my back and I am heartbroken for all the women’s lives that have been taken or destructed by men. I long for a day where we can all be equal on the streets as well as in the work place. What the world is lacking is love and human connection. We have become to desensitised to everything around us that human connection seems to be the last thing on anyone’s mind. 

Instagram: @ambertakkie

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