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To be honest, I had never heard of Creative Mornings until someone in the office told me about it – and as a student in the creative industry, I can’t believe I’d never been while back home in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, I finally found myself at my first Creative Mornings in Cape Town. The theme was Rebel and the speaker was Drew Madacsi, one of the three owners of The House of Machines.

Drew was born in Australia, lived in America and has been living in Cape Town for five years. While Drew manages and owns the bike shop at the back of The House of Machines, his co-founders Brad Armitage preside over the coffee shop, and Paul van der Spuy, of bluecollorwhitecollar fame, manages the fashion.

The bike shop makes custom-made bikes, as well as sells bikes they make themselves. You can pretty much choose anything you want for your bike, as long as it’s safe to ride. You drop by and tell them what your dream bike looks like, and they bring in the best people and products to build it for you from scratch. That’s what makes this work. While it might not be cheap, they are always bringing in the best ensuring a perfect bike each time.

Amongst the booming coffee industry, the coffee shop has managed to get itself ahead of the pack if the booming morning trade is anything to go by. Their 100% organic coffee beans are imported from Honduras after they are roasted in Spain. What a trip! Take this and the fact that they are the only company who has a license for selling these beans, and you can understand what makes them special. In the evenings, you can transition from coffee to the best bourbon from America. You may pay a little extra, but you’re getting the best bourbon experience in Cape Town.

And last but not least, the fashion. Here you can buy t-shirts made from the best cotton imported from Japan. The cool thing is that, in true bluecollarwhitecollar tradition, you can design them yourself. Come by, show them your design and if they like it, they will print it and split the profit 50-50 with you. I think that is a great way to get your designs on the market.

The shop is in evolution, Drew says. They look at what is happening around them, what the market is asking for and see how they can provide it. Because of this, they company will continue to change, which means you’ll never know what to expect and what they’re selling this time round!

It’s really cool to see somebody’s dream become a reality. The questions I have though are more about the financial aspect. They don’t want to overprice themselves, so they don’t make a lot of profit, so how do they ensure they can pay their overheads? Nevertheless, I have a lot of respect for somebody who just goes out and does it regardless of what people are telling him.

Written by Anna Sinnige
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It’s pitching season and we’re all invited!

Over the next seven months, the World Design Capital will be hosting project pitching sessions to expose recognised WDC 2014 projects to potential funders, mentors and collaborators. And we’re rather excited because we’ll be pitching our own shortlisted project – The Official Cape Town Design Guide. But more on that later.

The first pitching session will be taking place TODAY at 17:30 at The German Club (6 Roodehek Terrace, off Hope Street, Gardens) with 23 WDC 2014 projects hoping their pitches will seal the deal. If you can’t make it today, don’t fret, you have another seven pitches to choose from: 25 February, 25 March, 28 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July and 26 August.

You can buy your tickets through Quicket. They cost R50 ticket, and it also gets you one free craft beer and free popcorn. There is a cash bar and food for sale.

 

The WDC 2014 projects pitching tonight are:

1. Safe Township Lighting (#WDC608)

This project supplies individually charged, modular and multifunctional
LED task-lights (NURU lights) and the world’s first commercially available
pedal generator, the NURU POWERCycle. The cycle provides reliable
clean, sustainable power that is more efficient than current solar
solutions.

Vijay Mitha: vijay@shaktienergy.net

2. Mzansi Store (#WDC516)

An e-marketplace that enables small-scale handcrafts producers to
design their own e-commerce platform. This provides easy access to
online selling as a sales channel, where they promote their own brand,
sell and ship directly to buyers.

Deidre Luzmore:  dluzmore@gmail.com

3. Shopstar (#WDC290)

Shopstar enables anyone to create and manage an online shop with little
technical expertise. Developed in Cape Town by a team of industry
professionals, it’s a homegrown solution for South Africa’s entrepreneurs.

Jens Herf: jens@shopstar.co.za

4. The Business Bridge (#WDC280)

The Business Bridge Initiative is an enterprise development organization,
which enables the sharing of core business skills between the formal and
informal economies.

Thomas Parry: tparry@thebusinessbridge.org

5. The Motion Project (#WDC559)

This film and photography project uses the City as a backdrop to
showcase the diversity of talent in the dance industry. All dance styles
are photographed within the City’s beautiful urban spaces. The project
culminates in a photo exhibition, a dance film and a performance event.

Louise Coetzer: louise@darkroomcontemporary.com

6. Ceramics United South Africa 2014 Competition (#WDC345)

Working with some of South Africa’s most prominent ceramicists,
Ceramics United ZA will hold a ceramics design competition among
students, potters, and artists to unlock the country’s rich and dynamic
ceramics history and share it with the world.

Ceramics United South Africa: ceramicsunitedza@gmail.com

7. Youth Design Studio (#WDC640)

In Youth Design Studio, secondary school learners will collaborate with
university students, educators, local elected officials, and city staff to
create a practical, implementable design project that will have a
demonstrable benefit for their particular Cape Town neighborhood.

Katie Hawkes: katiehawkes@gmail.com

8. City of Rainbows (#WDC518)

The City of Rainbows is a public art installation project. Real rainbows
appear magically in public spaces, glass crystals hang from lampposts
creating flashes of color in the sky. Pedestrian crossings become
rainbow crossings; coloured heart stickers stuck to lampposts.

Michael Elion: elion888@gmail.com

9. Live Eco Remade Design (#WDC547)

Live Eco Remade Design is an upcycled design competition comprising of
dress (fashion design) & objects (interior design). This project requires
students to upcycle old clothing & used materials into eco chic garments
& objects.

Nikki Seegers: nikki@liveeco.co.za

10. Learning Innovation Design Lab (#WDC251)

The Learning Innovation Design Lab will comprise of a design studio,
usability test lab, model classroom, think tank and showroom that will
foster and showcase African innovation in education.

Marco Rosa: marco@formula-d.com

11. Open Streets (#WDC207)

Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative. It is both an organization and a
philosophy for public life, working to design and promote streets that
embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and
how they move. It was founded in 2012 by a group of volunteers.

Marcela Guerrero Casas: marcela@openstreets.co.za

12. Nino’s Bereavement Toolbox (#WDC335)

A friendly and attractive set of tools to help parents and children
overcome the loss of a loved one. It encourages the users to pay
attention to their senses and sentiments, discuss different aspects of
death and express their feelings.

Mathilde de Blois: deblois.mathilde@gmail.com

13. Too Good To Waste (#WDC274)

A collective group of 14 Western Cape Upcycle Designers all with similar
visions, recycling a variety of would-be waste items into beautiful
consumer products. This future design ethos reduces the impact on our
stressed landfill sites and demonstrates new creative possibilities in the
the consumer market.

Jenee Rosse: jenerosse@hotmail.com

14. 100 Bicycles (#WDC421)

Bicycles are not only functional by design; they have tremendous socioeconomic
and environmental benefits too. This project aims to use 100
Bicycles, each with a unique word on the yellow frame to harness mass
awareness about the benefits of non-motorized transport.

Warren Lodge: warren@LIFEbrand.co.za

15. The Migration #WDC537

Teaming up with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and turning the
musical experience into an audiovisual one. A spectacle combining
traditional with cutting-edge projection techniques to bring original music,
story and animation to life.

Bernard Kotze: bernardkotze@gmail.com

16. Creative Edge #WDC353

Creativedge SA is an extra mural educational programme designed to
expose Grade 10-12 learners to multiple creative career disciplines,
through practical learning experiences. The aim is to overcome ignorance
about these industries, promote new developing sectors and augment
divergent thinking skills.

Mariechen Du Plesis: info@creativedge.co.za

17. Brainstorm the City #WDC570

An awareness campaign run throughout the year, showcasing the human
brain: the ultimate design story. Through a variety of activities, this
interactive journey will inform, inspire and educate communities about
the wonders and fragility of this miraculous organ.

Ross Balchin: balchinm@telkomsa.net

18. 1000 Drawings #WDC530

1000 Drawings – Doodle for a Difference is a community driven project
where everyone is invited to be an artist for a good cause. This nonprofit
initiative builds bridges across class, gender, age and race divides with
the simple message that we are all inherently creative.

Shani Judes: shani@shanijudes.co.za

19. Zamani, the past #WDC552

ZAMANI, “the past” in Swahili, is a documentary series project produced
in Cape Town. The ZAMANI series will highlight some of the most secret
and sacred archeological sites of Africa, some never seen before on
television, awakening worldwide consciousness for the conservation of
African heritage.

Joanna Tomkins: joanna@manmakesapicture.co.za

20. Community led spatial design for informal settlements (#WDC236)

The spatial reconfiguration of informal settlements to those that are more
rationalized leads to social cohesion, shelter upgrade and infrastructural
improvements. It builds community, acknowledges the positive aspects of
informality and helps bridge the urban divide, including not removing the
poor.

Siyavuya Nobaza: siyavuya@ikhayalami.org

21. Re-blocking Mtshini Wam (#WDC238)

Re-blocking Mtshini Wam showcases the co-production value in
upgrading informal settlements. Once threatened through evictions, the
community initiated a self-design process that re-organised shacks into
“clusters” with safer and more dignified public spaces. The City can now
install basic services.

Linda Gondo: linda@ikhayalami.org

22. Lentegeur Spring Project (#WDC331)

Bridging the divide between a mental health institution and deeply
scarred surrounding community by designing a mental health centre of
the future. This project utilizes permaculture design principles that will
engender an environmental regeneration. In essence the concept of
spring is brought to life through healing people and the environment.

John Parker: John.parker@westerncape.gov.za

23. Pecha Kucha (#WDC676)

Taking place every other month during 2014, PechaKucha – Japanese for
chit chat – brings together Capetonians to hear from, engage with, and
be inspired by 9 speakers who present on interesting projects or passions
using 20 slides, each displayed for just 20 seconds.

Andrew Cole: awayfromtheoffice@gmail.com

For more information on the World Design Capital Pitching Sessions and WDC 2014 Projects, visit www.wdccapetown2014.com

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There’s nothing like starting off a morning by being taken completely out of your comfort zone…

And by a clown nonetheless. But we have come to expect the unexpected of Creative Mornings Cape Town, and with the first session of the year taking place Thursday, 30 January 2014 under the theme of CHILDHOOD, we were charged with embracing our inner child.

Professional clown and founder of non-profit Clowns without Borders, Jamie McLaren took the stage with a banjo and led the crowd through a series of songs, dances and interactions that quickly found everyone out of breath, laughing and silently cringing at the crazy antics going on.

It’s not easy singing “A ram sam sam, A ram sam sam, Guli guli guli ram sam sam” while jigging to the sides without feeling a little self-conscious. It’s a popular children’s song and game originating in Morocco, by the way.

 

Who Are Clowns Without Borders?

Clowns without Borders are a non-profit organisation with the very simple mission: help children be children again. The team, which consists of clowns, actors, jugglers and anyone willing to give of their time, go into communities affected by crisis, and through arts-based interventions enable children and families to play, laugh, and create, providing psychosocial support and well being.

McLaren’s performance touched on the ideas that by embracing a sense of play, providing love, and giving structure, you are tapping into the potential of a child’s imagination and giving them permission to embrace the spirit of childhood, to dream and to help them get through their current situation.

So next time things are getting tough, stress levels are high or you simply feel like you need to decompress, get up, take a deep breath and start singing this popular Clowns Without Borders ditty:

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

A rafiq, a rafiq
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A rafiq, a rafiq
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

You may get stares, but only before everyone joins you, embracing their inner child with a good laugh and some silly actions.

If you want to donate your time or money to Clowns without Borders, you can visit www.cwbsa.org where you can find out more about the organisation and find out how to get involved.

Be part of Creative Mornings Cape Town by joining their newsletter, liking them on Facebook (Creative Morning Cape Town) and following them on Twitter (@CapeTown_CM). The theme for their February session is REBEL.

 

New-Staff-Large

Stepping into our offices, you’ll be met with some stalwarts, and a speckling of fresh faces all ready to take Infestation to the next level.

For those that have had the pleasure of working with the Infestation team, you will quickly notice that there are a few new names in the mix. And for those who we have yet to have the pleasure of engaging with, our team is more dynamic – and inspired – than ever and this could only mean one thing – we’re moving up!

But we don’t just want to tell you about them or get you to read about them, which you can do here. In fact, we’re going to go one step further. Every month, we’re going to catch up with one of the members and ask them a few questions and share this with you.

Then, we’re going to ask the ones that can to design something especially for you and show just what they are capable of and show you their inner passion, because at Infestation, it’s the passion of the team that fuels the creativity.

So make sure you get your friends to sign up to our newsletter, join in on the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, we’d hate for you to miss out on the exciting things our team will be doing this year.

 

Meet the new recruits in the Infestation team!