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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…

Dillion S. Phiri

Greetings, my name is Dillion S. Phiri, a social sculptor, coffee enthusiast & Founder + CEO of Creative Nestlings. To start of I was born in a small town in Zimbabwe called Kwekwe in a township called Mbizo. Little did I know life would lead me to this day where I get to write about myself and still no GQ cover. Anyways I am a father to Wandile & Nikiwe; fatherhood really changed my outlook on life and it really enhanced my minimalist vibes, now I really value time and also have a better understanding on where do I put my energy.

I have been living as a refugee in South Africa for the last 14 years, really pushing myself to change the world around me and that's one of the many factors that led me to co-Found Creative Nestlings with a fellow refugee Jonathan Anzuluni. Building a multi-million rand company has been a roller coaster, lost many friends, lost a lot of money and time; but I gained most of it back and learnt a lot. I have been lucky enough to be joined by my wife Nokulunga early on in building the company once Jonathan left. We are super passionate about youth, creativity, entrepreneurship and the continent and being able to make proper living supporting fellow young Africans is a privilege and has been a super experience.

Personally I am passionate about architecture, product development, filmmaking and print publishing; soon I will quit my current fulltime job and focus on my passions, I would love to change the face and shape of coffee culture and architecture by infusing innovation, using our roots, storytelling and design thinking based on the traditions.

The films I would like to make are more live experience films where I talk share my journey but not just mine but my peers and people that inspire me in different formats - documentary, biographical, fiction, action, series etc. I would prefer all my films be only black and white.

"You cannot be better than me; only different"

This quote originates from a cafe by a well respected coffee legend Daibo and really changed my perspective on life and has allowed me to live my life to be the fullest, I just want to do things differently and I know that's how I can live a dent in this timeline.

Social Media - @creativenestlin @dillionsphiri

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