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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…

Dani Richeson ~ FYB London



FYB London® - The Worlds SMARTEST Handbag

FutureNow - What is your background, where & when did this project start?

My name is Dani Richeson, Founder, Brand Director, & Product Designer at FYB®. 

I never had much of a background in design, although I always enjoyed art and spent a lot of free time painting, drawing, etc. I have always  had the desire to create! FYB® began about 7 months ago, and the company is based in London.

FutureNow - What inspired you to design and create this unique luxury handbag?

While working with Jason, I was constantly traveling and running from meeting to meeting. At this time I was having to carry multiple bags to accommodate my work and personal items, never knew where anything was inside of these bags, and had no way of keeping my items secure. I wanted to create a product that would eliminate these problems for myself and other women who are out enterprising and traveling, and I wanted the product to look good and compliment the women carrying it. Jason had experience in designing products that included technology, so two minds came together and the FYB® Handbag was born.

FutureNow - What are the pros and cons of creating a product from scratch?

There is a lot of opportunity in creating something brand new, you can be the one that sets the standard of whatever niche you are filling. The drawback to creating a product from scratch is how it will be received and how you get the message across to people so they understand what the product is and what it is for, when something is new there is always the challenge of familiarizing people with it and helping them fully understand what it is you are creating.  

FutureNow - What does the future hold for FYB® London and what does FYB® stand for?

FYB® will continue expanding the range, as well as introducing a men’s collection soon.
FYB is for “Follow Your Bliss”, which means; Do what makes you happy, and the rest will follow; doors will open to you and the opportunities you seek will arrive. I have carried this belief with me into everything I do, and my story is a testament to how life can expand when one does “follow their bliss”. I grew up in a small town with population 200 people in southern Utah, but now have the opportunity to travel the world, create innovative products, partner with my colleagues from London, and create a brand that aims to inspire and help other succeed. By doing what makes me happy, following my bliss, I continue being met with more and more amazing opportunities. The brand wants to send that message to people, as well as create products that assist them in their aspirations

FutureNow - Advice for Creators around the world?

Go for it! You really never know what you are capable of until you try, there will never be a “perfect time”, and you will probably never “feel ready”. If you have an idea do what it takes to make it happen, and don’t be afraid to give it a go. And remember; everyone will have their own opinion of something you have created so don’t take all the negative comments on board, if you believe in something keep at it. There is always room for growth and improvement, which will come with time, but don’t let negative feedback discourage you or your creativeness!

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