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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…

Victoria Packer

My life was changed when I began to truly acknowledge my capabilities, and my blessings. We are the sum total of our experiences, proactivity and positivity within my own, has moved me into a direction that I am loving. I focus on two things, hard work, and letting your light shine, in Marianne Williamson’s words, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? But actually, who are you not to be?” I hold onto her words every day, “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around you… As we let our light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same.”

My name is Victoria Packer, Monkey to my family, which I’ve always hoped is not based on my appearance. When I was younger, I won a hula-hooping contest, they had to ask me to stop, because I just carried on swinging my hips. This perseverance has become a prominent part of my character. I’m currently working towards performing in my Speech-Language and Hearing Pathology Degree at Stellenbosch University, in the hopes of bringing goodness into the world.

Aside from studying, I model part time, which has given me a new perspective on my own body image and confidence. I am an ambassador for Reset Fitness, as healthy living is a passion of mine. I find happiness in nature, photography, writing, laughs with treasured people, and discovering new places. One day you’ll find me on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, a few published pieces of writing under my belt, and a Speech Therapy Practice of my own. I’ll be planning my next adventure after making a difference around Africa with my dream charity organisation, Operation Smile. I’ve also made it when I can afford to buy myself a Land Rover of my own, as well as all of it’s trips to the mechanic.

I see myself as a leader, being independent and living with a higher purpose excites me. Colossians says “In every thing you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord and not human masters.” I aim to excel in everything I take on, from my Sunday lunch recipes to Class Representative, to Miss Maties Varsity Cup Second Princess. Prayer, and a continuous stream of coffee gets me through all of my commitments, and each moment of my day is put to use.

From Aupairing in San Francisco and time spent traveling, I value open-mindedness, originality and innovation, and am passionate about exposing the beauty in our world. I say yes to opportunities, and create my own, all the while keeping my sense of humour, kindness and a grateful heart. There is simply no time for mediocrity, I vow to do nothing less than shine.

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