Art of Kip Omolade

Beginning his art career as a graffiti artist while interning at Marvel Comics and The Center for African Art, Kip Omolade has created beautiful portraits connected to ancient, realistic African sculptures.

The series, Diovadiova Chrome, investigates immortality. The labor-intensive process involves making a mold of each model’s face, reworking the cast plaster sculpture, producing a version in resin and adding a chrome layer with artificial eyelashes. The final sculpture then serves as a model for the hyper-realistic oil painting. This technique maintains the likeness qualities of portraiture while re-presenting a mask that serves as a conduit between the spiritual and natural world.

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365 Paintings for Ants with Lorraine Loots

Lorraine Loots is an artist based in Cape Town, she started a 365 project at the beginning of 2013. Every day she paints a miniature painting, each with a different theme. She's got an amazing story of how creatives can find unique ways to take their talents and make a difference and it was my privilege to be able to tell her story. Follow her daily updates on Instagram











For What It's Worth

Mining has always been a balance of give and take. On the one hand, precious materials useful for humans are extracted from the ground, and on the other, gigantic scars are left on the landscape. In his latest series, For What It’s Worth (part II), photographer Dillon Marsh visualises the quantity of copper and diamonds unearthed at mines around his home of South Africa. Using computer generated spheres to represent the material, he is given us a strikingly clear picture of sacrifice and gain. via

The CGI objects represent a scale model of the materials removed from each mine,” explains Marsh, “a solid mass occupying a scene showing the ground from which it was extracted. By doing so, the intention is to create a kind of visualisation of the merits and shortfalls of mining in South Africa, an industry that has shaped the history and economy of the country so radically


Tweefontein Mine, Concordia 1887 -1904 Over 100m deep, 38,747.7 tonnes of copper extracted

Jubilee Mine, Concordia 1971 to 1973 Over 100m deep, 6,500 tonnes of copper extracted

Blue Mine, Springbok 1852 to 1912  3,535 tonnes of copper extracted

West O’okiep Mine, Okiep 1862 to the early 1970s Over 500m deep, 284,000 tonnes of copper extracted

Nababeep South Mine, Nababeep 1882 to 2000 Over 500m deep, 302,791.65 tonnes of copper extracted


Kimberley Mine (1871 - 1914) 14.5 million carats of diamonds extracted

Kimberley Mine (1871 - 1914) 14.5 million carats of diamonds extracted


Koffiefontein Mine (1870 - 2014) 7.6 million carats of diamonds extracted


Jagersfontein Mine (1871 - 1969) 9.52 million carats of diamonds extracted

SEED - The near-future of mobile technology

The year 2014 is the last break point on the way to omni-channel digital world were device is no more a single way to communicate with information and data. Here is a new concept of Mobile-powered product design system named "SEED" developed by South Africa-based computer engineering student Nick Rout. Some of you might remember Phonebloks concept acquired by Motorola and merged to still-upcoming Moto Aga project.


Ponte Tower

Another example of monstrous architecture - the tallest residential building in Africa "Ponte Tower" located in Johannesburg. The largest building to have an internal round well of a huge height all done by architects (Mannie Feldman, Manfred Hermer and Rodney Grosskopf) because of a law in 70ss to have a windows in bathroom and kitchen.Here is a mini documentary on the icon of Johannesburg directed by Phillip Bloom

Jordan Metcalf Typography

Cape Town based graphic designer and artist Jordan Metcalf was asked by Boston Magazine to create a toolkit for their 2012 ‘Best of Boston’ issue. The work includes a lock-up for the table of contents, an opening DPS for the section, and various sub-section headers. via Trendland

Studio Muti

Studio Muti is Clinton Campbell and Miné Jonker. They are based in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. After spending over 4 years with local illustration pioneers Am I Collective, Miné and Clinton decided to team up and form Studio Muti. Together they combine their creative talents to provide illustration, typography and design both locally and abroad.

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