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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…

Mbulelo Jili

My name is Mbulelo Jili, and I am an enthusiastic professional stylist, model, and marketer. I attained my formal education in Retail and Business management at the University of Technology, Durban. As a creative I am incessantly moved and inspired by the quotidian events of ordinary day life. From the solemn stares of young men at the corner store, the wonted rituals of the fashion elite, and the hidden gems my friends find at thrift stores.

My vision is to establish myself as a brand alongside recognized brands across the spectrum of fashion, entertainment and art in order to reflect the genius of ordinary day people, especially those who share the heavy weight of racism and history. I believe there are no rules to fashion. As art like fashion is meant to reflect the social, political, and cultural moment, but also inspire the potentialities of the future. Nonetheless, I should say that there are guidelines that underscore and give shape to the tradition of fashion. Trends, for instance, reveal this continuity. Yet to “live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” And so we are burdened by tradition; however, also expected to go beyond the prescribed norms.

Lastly, my past continues to drive my desire to add onto this world. I feel it is everybody’s duty to play a role in contributing to the advancements of society and humanity. This, I know, sounds cloyingly clique, especially from a creative and model. Yet it is the only think that motives me to get up every day, but also, I humbly think, it is the only think that has maintained our survival.

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