You will hang out with Heath Nash and local Langa-based artists and learn the basics of simple upcycling—reusing discarded materials to create something of higher value. You'll discover tricks and tips to do with the Art of Making, and we'll have a chance to learn about each other's backgrounds and cultures in a city-run art center in Cape Town's first township. The design thinking process is a valuable tool, and this experience will introduce you to the concept through play and experimentation. Come and use spend some of your time time with me to explore your own personal style of making and playing - play is very important for adults too!
I am an award-winning artist and designer who has been working with upcycled post-consumer plastic waste since 2004. Along with my partners and our members, I believe that Our Workshop provides a unique opportunity for cultural exchange through the most important and valuable commodity—time spent together.
Our workshop is a nonprofit organization dedicated to allowing people time together in order to share their life experiences and skills. It is a space for authentic connections between different types of people, where upcycling and simple craft materials and techniques are learned and taught.
coffee / tea
tools and materials
This experience will take place in Langa at Guga S'thebe, a cultural center that is host to a number of local artists, and that also houses a locally run coffee shop and restaurant. You will have the opportunity to purchase locally made craft items and get firsthand insider knowledge about Cape Town's complex social history.
In some South Africans' minds, the townships are still imagined to be dangerous places, but this is not true! A big part of the vision for Our Workshop is in fact to allow this fallacy to be overcome.