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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…

Aa'isha Ebrahim

I keep waiting for the moment when I’ll feel like an adult. I keep waiting to finally be the kind of person who moisturises regularly and takes vitamins, and writes to-do lists. But the reality is I have no idea where this is going. And by ‘this’ I mean my life. I am trying to remain inspired by this mouldable, and ever changing path. I am trying to convince myself that it’s okay to be absolutely terrified because it keeps things exciting, and I am unequivocally disinterested in living a dull life. I want to leave behind some kind of legacy, and the word alone is burdensome. I haven’t figured out how I intend to use it ~ how I intend to live my life in a way that makes it worthy of being learned from. There is a part of me that wants to get five degrees and study till I’m grey, wearing hand-knitted jerseys and bifocals. But there’s another part of me that just wants to make art ~ harness my writing and my painting and open up a tiny coffee shop on the beachfront of some tiny town. Maybe write a few novels. Maybe learn to sew. Maybe become a champion boxer. Haha. [I wish I were joking about the champion boxer bit, but the truth is I’ve got a mean left hook that cannot be denied]. 

My mother keeps reminding me that living a great life and living an easy life are two completely different things. The former is often confronting and uncomfortable, and requires constantly challenging our self-imposed limits. I want to be ready for that. I think I am. 

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