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Fashion designer Janine Potts reveals how she crafted her entry

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What did you make?

A range of handbags inspired by the Khoisan people. 

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What or who did you turn to for inspiration when you were deciding what to create for the competition?

The Khoisan people and their belief that a person is a person in relation to other people. In other words: “I am because you are." 

 

How did you finally decide what you would make and submit?

As a South African, I think I must have some connection to the Khoisan people, their creativity and their resourcefulness. As I researched I discovered that they actually had different bags for different things. 

 

Please briefly explain the process of what it took to create your piece.

a) I first had to buy all the raw materials. 

b) Then I had to make the patterns. 

c) Then I had to cut all the panels of leather and make the decor out of cement. 

d) Then I had to start the assembly process of stitching the panels together and hand-sewing the decor onto them to complete the pieces

e) Finally, I had to paint the pieces with cement. 

 

Did you ever change your idea or start over? If so, why?

No, I did not. 

 

Had you much experience with working with concrete before? If so, what?

No, I don’t really have that much experience, just that I entered the competition last year as well. 

 

What was the most important thing you learned during the process?

I wasn't able to attend the workshops, because of work, but I did go to all the links on the website. They were really helpful. 

 

What was the most frustrating thing about working with concrete? 

 

Well, as a creative person I like to create and make a mess. So I suppose the cleaning up afterwards… 

 

What was the best part about working with concrete?

The best thing about working with concrete is that you can create (mould) a piece that you have imagined. 

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