Nkhensani set on new challenge
FASHION designer, actress, entrepreneur and television personality Nkhensani Nkosi, who has conquered fashion ramps with her designs, now wants to conquer homes.
Nkosi, creative director and founder of iconic clothing label Stoned Cherrie, will appear at The Southern Guild exhibition for thesecond time.
Last year she showcased a hand-painted bath and chandelier. This time around, she will exhibit tea cups, a cake platter, teapots and forks.
"In the past couple of years I have been surprisingly prolific in developing a range of hand-painted graphic prints and ceramics. Central to the aesthetics of these prints is the heart - the universal symbol of love.
"It is an expression of my fundamental belief that our true nature, at the core of our DNA, is love," she says.
Nkosi was inspired by various tribes of the world who seem to have an innate knowledge of the concepts popularised by Drunvalo and other philosophers, physicians and healers who believe in sacred geometry.
"I also love how ornate tribal design is. In the products I developed, I have fused my appreciation of this artistic expression, the various spiritual belief systems that influence my life and the predominantly black and white op-art movement of the 60s.
"I am absolutely fanatical about my tea time moments and ceramics and this was an opportunity to bring my passion for these two experiences to life," she says.
She says she has always wanted to position Stoned Cherrie as a lifestyle brand - and this was a step towards that vision.
The style powerhouse is among 110 participants from design, art and architecture who will exhibit at The Southern Guild.
The exhibition is the largest showcase of high-end contemporary design ever held in South Africa.
The six-week long exhibition will open at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg on August 2.
The mother of four will showcase alongside the country's most important design, art and architecture names such as William Kentridge, Philemon Hlungwani, Kerri Evans, Athi Patra, Dylan Lewis, Angus Taylor, Haldane Martin, StudioMas, Silvio Rech, Egg, Gregor Jenkin, Tonic, Pierre Cronje, Nic Sithole and Conrad Botes, among others.
Spearheaded by Trevyn and Julian McGowan of Source - leading exporters of South African design - the company will join forces with premier steel producer Arcelor Mittal SA.