Contemporary artist Lyndi Sales has been creating a series of installations and artworks for the past 20 years. Her intricately made constructions shed light on the fragile nature of our existence and temporality. She is represented by galleries in Paris, San Francisco and Cape Town, participated in many group shows internationally and her works can be found in collections in USA and Europe.
Bongani Mnisi is a passionate environmentalist who has methodically for over 18 years managed water resources around the Cape Peninsula. Mnisi loves connecting social issues with nature – such as his project called the Stepping Stones. Mnisi headed this amazing project where he orchestrated the development of Nectar Gardens at schools that would attract sunbirds, and act as ‘stepping stones’ to larger, or smaller, natural spaces.
For over 20 years David Southwood has been capturing photos that have asked questions with craft, humour, and empathy. His work encapsulates how communities on periphery of society function and his projects are also deeply connected by infrastructure. His work has been showcased in The South African National Gallery, The Finnish Museum of Photography and The Christoph Merian Stiftung. He has had invitations to talk at Yale, the International Centre of Photography, Ohio State University and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Gino Lange is one of the founders of LA Customs. Lange and Bradley Abrahams collaborated and formed Lange & Abrahams Automotive MFG & Co. This shop was born out of a need for a space to work on vintage trucks the cousins had bought and wanted to fix up and build together. Lange and the team have a passion for what they do, putting in hard work, late nights, and growing LA Customs’ reputation in the competitive custom automotive world.
For renowned South African saxophonist Hiram Koopman, music has been a life-long love story. And in many ways, it was destiny, too. Growing up, he was surrounded by musical family members, who helped influence him and his style of music. Today, he is one of the country’s most celebrated musical talents, and has toured with some of the best local and international acts. His source of inspiration? It’s all about his deep-rooted love for his craft. .
Nomi Handmade is a proudly South African textile-jewellery brand that was established in 2015. Specialising in modern, minimalist pieces, the brand’s go-to material is shweshwe fabric, which features prominently in every design.Short for happiness in isiXhosa, Nomi Handmade takes pride in being a multicultural brand with shweshwe’s roots in Sotho culture and a South African-American maker working behind the scenes. Nomi also means delightful in Hebrew.
In December 2012, Jo and his wife, Tessa, became the custodians of their 46 hectare farm on the Van der Stel Pass in Bot River. They decided to name their farm Waterleliefontein after discovering a dam on the farm filled with indigenous blue water lilies.
The end of 2021 was a dream come true for Jo when he could exchange his suits, cuff-links and ties for farm gear, when he and Tessa decided to move to the farm permanently. Jo is now a passionate olive and wine farmer, and also consults remotely as a commercial lawyer.
Arguably South Africa’s smoothest, respected, aspirational and stylish BMXer is Buddy Chellan. Chellan’s passion for BMXing has inspired both his peers, and budding newbies to create their own professional journey into the sport and achieve their own high-flying dreams. During his formative years Chellan was able to immerse himself in the BMX world, which opened doors that he had only dreamed of. As a Vans sponsored professional BMXer and former Red Bull Athlete, Chellan is living his passion and love of pushing the boundaries.
OTTO DU PLESSIS
Founder of Bronze Age Foundry in Cape Town, Otto Du Plessis is a sculptor who is passionate about creating figurative bronze work. After collaborating with local and international artists over the past two decades, Du Plessis has shared his technical knowledge and self-professed love of figurative sculpture.
Leighton Rathbone’s passion is fuelled by the pursuit of creating a damn good drink that moves people. As a mixologist, Rathbone has been a competitor in a number of international competitions and he always plans on creating new concoctions. If you meet him at the bar counter, don’t expect him to shy away from banter, as his creations are always the best come back – every time.