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Collections

I approached some creatives who have inspired me and asked them to share some personal items close to their hearts. I spent hours creating collections on the floor and then photographed them. This project came into being because of my own interest in which objects in my life are important to me and how my relationship to them changes over time.

The interviews about the collections happened approximately 3 years after the photographs were taken. Is what was important three years ago even remotely important now? How much does each individual change in three years? Have physical objects decayed or disappeared?

My wish is that you enjoy these collections and the small peek into each person’s life as much as I loved doing this project.

 


Jessica Bonin

Why I chose Jess: Jess is a very passionate and creative entrepreneur. She has heart and is very compassionate. She is the kind of entrepreneur the world needs more of. And, who doesn’t enjoy a very good cup of quality tea?

Q: Please describe yourself in a short bio.

A: I own and run a tea company based in Cape Town. I founded the company 5 years ago selling take away tea from a caravan, we currently have a shop and distribute locally to retail outlets and restaurants, as well as export to China, Malaysia, and soon to Japan, the UK and USA. I love spending time in nature. Most of my hobbies revolve around an active lifestyle outdoors be it mountains, forests or water. Tea is not only my business but my passion and practice. I spend a lot of time in pursuit of teas from around the world, learning the ceremonies and incorporating the practices into my life.

Q: When you look at the collection now, how does it make you feel?

A: I feel nostalgic and soothed. They bring memories of many life times, they show me how much I have grown, how much I have achieved and remind me of where I am going.

Q: It has been three years since I took these photos. Name one or two things that have changed in your life since then. Would you give me an object now that you would not have given then or did not own then?

A: The bicycle patches, I no longer ride as I cannot afford the time. I have also since donated a few trinkets including the Beatrix Potter music box. I would add some traditional Japanese tea ware to the mix as it has become a very passionate pursuit for me.

Q: Is there something in your collection photo that does not feel like it is part of your current life anymore and why?

A: Yes, I would remove a few things as they are relevant to a different time that I have now surpassed. I do not like to cling to things, I like to be free to evolve and adapt.

 

 

Nate Maingard

Why I chose Nate: Nate’s music touches my heart like few other performers. I first saw him play in the intimate setting of his own lounge. It changed my life forever. His music makes me feel so alive.

Q: Please describe yourself in a short bio.

A: I’m a modern troubadour, storyteller, global nomad and indie-folk singer-songwriter, or even professional musician (when impressing people in suits). I’m into lyrics, sustainability, romance, music, gaming, travelling, meditation, community, fantasy novels, local and organic vibes, magical hugs, yoga, writing, poetry, reading, listening, surfing, smoothies. My songs are about the deeper journeys we all experience as humans learning to make sense of this one precious life we have each been given.

Q: When you look at the collection now, how does it make you feel?

A: Happy and excited, because it’s clear that I’ve been aligning with my inner truth for a while now. Those are all items I still love and make use of regularly :) . Except for the iPod… ‘cos android smartphone!

Q: It has been three years since I took these photos. Name one or two things that have changed in your life since then. Would you give me an object now that you would not have given then or did not own then?

A: Well, I’m now a successful full-time troubadour, and back then I was just getting a feel for the whole thing, trying to work it all out, so yes, a lot has changed. I also feel more confident and calm in who I am. I was also still coming out of my chrysalis then, but it’s nice to see that I already knew what made me happy and was exploring that with zest and vim.

If we were to do this now, I think I might give you some other things, like my journal, my fountain pen, my yoga mat, my ukulele, some photos of my family I travel with.

Q: Is there something in your collection photo that does not feel like it is part of your current life anymore and why?

A: Well, I have lost a few of the jewellery pieces there, and sadly also the hand blender. But I use another hand blender and I have new jewellery, so everything except the iPod makes sense to still be there!

 

 

Lauren Fowler-Kierman

Why I chose Lauren: Lauren is an artist, illustrator as well as a crafter. This combination really works for me. We met at a craft club years ago over cups of tea and cross stitch and crochet. I love that she is a freelance artist and just love her beautiful and quirky ways of doing things.

Q: Please describe yourself in a short bio.

A: I’m a professional illustrator and graphic designer. I enjoy eating and drinking carefully prepared drinks and food. I believe anything made with attention is going to be beautiful and our delicious. I’m very much into fermentation at the moment and metamorphosis.

Q: When you look at the collection now, how does it make you feel?

A: When I look at these objects, these are my thoughts.
Where’s that gardening fork?
Man, I miss that scarf. I lost it some time between this shoot and now. I bought it in 2011 on a trip to San Francisco. It was the only item I could afford in the shop. The whole pattern is made of the number 3.
I’m STILL knitting that scarf. (Hopefully, I’ll finish it this year.)

There’s a little plate that my mom gave me when I was a kid. It just looks like a strange glass plate to someone else, but to me, it looks like my childhood. They mainly make me feel nostalgic or sad because some of them are either missing, broken or not used anymore except for the necklace, I still wear that. I finished the perfume ages ago.

Q: It has been three years since I took these photos. Name one or two things that have changed in your life since then. Would you give me an object now that you would not have given then or did not own then?

A: I would probably give you a similar collection of items…just not the same ones. I’d give you this pair of broken sneakers that I just can’t seem to get rid of, even though there’s a hole in the sole.

Q: Is there something in your collection photo that does not feel like it is part of your current life anymore and why?

A: I’ve never used that camera much, I think it’s still got the same film in it right now. The gardening fork is also just weird to me now.

 

 

Joshua K Grierson

Why I chose Josh: I just adore live music. Josh is one of the best live performers I have come across. I love the depth in his music and the versatility he is capable of.

Q: Please describe yourself in a short bio.

A: I am a 31 year old South African white male who’s name is Joshua Kenneth Grierson. I am a professional singer, songwriter, and musician. When I am not busy with this, I take photographs of houses, interiors, streets and random joy.

Q: When you look at the collection now, how does it make you feel?

A: Like I have not changed much but a lot of those items I have lost or don’t use anymore. It feels like I could have given you better/more telling items.

Q: It has been three years since I took these photos. Name one or two things that have changed in your life since then. Would you give me an object now that you would not have given then or did not own then?

A: My answer here would almost be loaned from the previous one but I don’t smoke rollies anymore and keep forgetting to refill my zippo. I guess mainly I don’t give as much attention to appearance as I did 3 years ago and that for me is very positive.

Q: Is there something in your collection photo that does not feel like it is part of your current life anymore and why?

A: The shoe horn maybe. I don’t really wear as many boots as I used to. I’ve grown to find a relaxed approach to clothing as helpful. I miss those glasses though. I left them on the roof of my car and then rode off. And I don’t write as many hand-written letters as I used to. I now live with my partner and don’t have to communicate half way round the world, but every now and then we still write each other letters.

 

 Gene Kierman

Why I chose Gene: Gene is a multi-talented musician, craftsmen and creative. He makes music for a living and also creates beautiful carpentry and design items.

Q: Please describe yourself in a short bio.

A: My name is Gene Kierman and I’m primarily a Musician but I also dabble in Design, Carpentry and Art. I’m back at UCT this year doing an Honours in Contemporary Composition at the Music College which is my big adventure for the year.

Q: When you look at the collection now, how does it make you feel?

A: It makes me feel like things have changed. A certain identity has shifted. The objects are now somewhat worn. Some of them were used a lot. Some of them not enough.

Q: It has been three years since I took these photos. Name one or two things that have changed in your life since then. Would you give me an object now that you would not have given then or did not own then?

A: The objects really represent the multiple interests I have. I think now I would include more objects I’ve actually made. My musical life is now more dominant than ever, perhaps I would represent that history more strongly.

Q: Is there something in your collection photo that does not feel like it is part of your current life anymore and why?

A: I mourn some of the objects as I don’t ride my bicycle much these days ( too busy ) and I haven’t painted anything in a very long time. Regardless I will get back into these things as they are still a part of me. :)

 

 Yesheen Singh

Why I chose Yesheen: Yesheen is one of the kindest and most talented people I know. He is a very creative entrepreneur as well as a medical doctor. He loves exploring ceramics. Yesheen was the one who guided me towards better health about 6 years ago by looking at lifestyle. I have such gratitude for his part in my personal health story.

Q: Please describe yourself in a short bio.

A: I’m a medical doctor by training and currently focus on the public health sector, looking specifically at health systems strengthening. I am passionate about educating people about their bodies and how to provide support through nutrition and plant-based medicine to create optimal health – this is conducted through the AskDrSingh.com portal.

I also co-own a Phyto Pro, where our mission is to change the health of the planet and the beings who live here by changing our relationship with food. We create clean, green food solutions from yellow peas.

I spend my free time working as a porcelain artist and exploring ashtanga yoga.

Q: When you look at the collection now, how does it make you feel?

A: Firstly I’m struck by how much time has passed. I feel joy and longing for the simplicity promised by the picture, struck by the similar colours and feelings coming through in the different objects. I feel a sense of amazement and disbelief at how much change has occurred between then and now. And gratitude for it all. And a calling to return in some way to that simplicity.

Q: It has been three years since I took these photos. Name one or two things that have changed in your life since then. Would you give me an object now that you would not have given then or did not own then?

A: Triggered by the objects in the picture – I work almost exclusively in porcelain now whereas in the picture both ceramic vessels shown are made from other materials. So I would probably give you one of those pieces now. I used to spend a lot of time seeking entertainment through devices like the iPad and now not really. Now I would probably give you a book or published research on health systems strengthening! I would definitely add in some representation of our products from pea protein, with which I spend the majority of my time.

Q: Is there something in your collection photo that does not feel like it is part of your current life anymore and why?

A: The odd object out is the raw food dessert, captured in the biodegradable tub. We no longer manufacture items like that. But that phase of life served as a valuable stepping stone to where I am today in my personal and professional philosophies on nutrition.

 

 

Manuela Gray

Why I chose Manuela: Manuela has been the artist to do most of the tattoos on my body to date. She is an amazing tattoo artist capable of many different styles of tattooing. We share a great love of Wes Anderson. She is also an artist capable of creating art across many different disciplines.

Q: Please describe yourself in a short bio.

A: Manuela Gray, tattooer for ten years. The owner of Wildfire Tattoos, Cape Town and Wildfire Tattoo Collective, London. I love to draw, paint, illustrate, create visual art, surf, make knives and make short films.

Q: When you look at the collection now, how does it make you feel?

A: I’m in s new place now. It seems quite nostalgic, but detached. Fond memories are evoked.

Q: It has been three years since I took these photos. Name one or two things that have changed in your life since then. Would you give me an object now that you would not have given then or did not own then?

A: I have since learnt to make knives. I would definitely add a knife. I would add my steel skull cane that I hated then, but love now. I would add a soundtrack of my 14 year old daughter, Talulah, singing and playing the guitar. I am a total fan, she is amazing and has gigged at Aces and Spades and House of Machines and a few festivals already.

Q: Is there something in your collection photo that does not feel like it is part of your current life anymore and why?

A: Probably all of it! Although my collection of snow domes and my Pez collection are now way bigger. The vintage taxidermy bird fan has disappeared. The Mexican bird mask was left outside and the paint has peeled off. I no longer read Chuck Palahniuk. Have lost the keys, the CD is scratched. I still have the tattooed wooden hand I got in Borneo. The sequinned Guadalupe from Mexico was stitched onto a Levi jacket that got worn out. Bruce Lee has lost his nunchucks. The snow dome still makes my heart happy.

 

In conclusion:

This project reaffirmed for me how much my life is enriched by the people and things I love. It helped me to tap into that feeling of knowing when something or someone ‘just works’. It reaffirmed how important it is to choose things we really love. What a wonderful gift.

We are all so different and have such diverse relationships to things in our lives. There is a wonderful organic flow in how some things change and some things stay the same.

I invite you to comment and tell me about things you love and how you relate to them. My curiosity on this topic has still not quite been satisfied

Images will be on display at Raw And Roxy, 8 Bree Street, Cape Town for First Thursday’s this Thursday 3 November.

The personal style of Nikul Roshania

 

• We love your personally defined style. Could you describe your style philosophy?

My personal belief is that style is a manifestation of your personality. Though there are many ways in which one may appear, a gentleman is consistent with his look. He is respectful in the sense that his wardrobe is timeless, he doesn’t yield to fads but is true to his personal preference (he respects himself). Though this may seem boring (our parent’s generations with stiff collars and pale square suits), the modern gentleman is able to mould his wardrobe such that it is consistent but is still full of life, fun and dandy. Having the courage to experiment and still remain classic is something I try strive for.

 

• Which key pieces in your wardrobe were some of your best investments?

My key wardrobe pieces (and best investment) are the 5 fitted suits I have. All of them made by the same tailor. I believe that there are 5 basic colour of suits that can be paired with any combination of white and blue shaded shirts.
• Dark Grey
• Midnight Blue
• Flannel Grey
• Summer Grey
• Black

The most classic one is the dark grey suit; pairing this with a crisp white fitted shirt, black tie, black brogues and a white pocket square will remain timeless and will always look good. It is also possible to pair the suit jacket with a variety of chinos for a more casual look.

The other piece that I prize is an asymmetric trench coat from ZARA. The asymmetry in the lapels make the trench coat unique and its nature means that it can be paired with a healthy combination of boots, brogues, loafers, shirts, t-shirts, jeans and chinos. I think every gentleman needs a reliable trench coat.

 

The accessories compliment the look too. Having 2 watches (Automatic Seiko and a TAG link) and 2 different colognes (D&G The One and Blue De Channel) for causal and formal events respectively are a good idea. Cufflinks that are simple and not tacky, together with a simple tie clip is a must for me.

Finally my brown sports jacket also from ZARA can be worn in any occasion and in any season. Its functionality is something that I admire. I am also quite fond of my knitted ties and stick away from French cuffs.

• Who/ What influenced you to become conscious of the way you represented yourself to the world through your wardrobe?

There was a time in my life where I was a slave to fads and being content living in a bubble, I had no courage to want to see more of life or experience more then what I already knew. Thus my dress sense and attitude was as such; boring, bland and like all the other fish, quite predictable.

Then something happened in my life that forced me to assess whether this lifestyle was what was best for me in the long run and so I opted to change. I adopted the executive contour, got rid of my old wardrobe and started fresh. I decided to see more of the world and experience all that I could and still can. It sounds clichéd but I became the man I wanted to be during this phase. I’m glad I had that phase though, otherwise I wouldn’t appreciate who I am now and what I have accomplished.

 

My mother is a huge influence in my life and taught me that even though looks aren’t everything, they are the first point of assessment and consequently determine how someone’s first reactions are. A clean haircut, smelling good, manners and such etiquette were instilled in me through her.

She also taught me that just because a piece of clothing is branded doesn’t mean that it will look good or feel good. And so this is why I opt for tailored suits as opposed to branded suits.
My father on the other hand taught me to appreciate a good glass of whiskey and how it must be drunk. 2 cubes of ice, otherwise the real intended flavours and taste is lost. Some things have to be done right!

 

• “Clothes don’t maketh the man, but they sure maketh the man look good.” is a quote The Curator lives by. Sometimes Style and personal substance can seem mutually exclusive. What are the principles in life that you feel underpin your character as a man?

Being a gentleman is not just how you present yourself, it is also how you conduct yourself. Being respectful and having manners is something that I believe are a qualifier for the modern gentleman. Standing when a lady leaves the table or opening a door, being a good sport, being able to laugh at oneself are some examples. Thus style is a combination of appearance and self-conduction.

As such, the above are choices that individuals make, it then defines them and it then is associated with them. I think is quite sad that these qualities are no longer valued in society, if anything they are met with mockery and laughter. But when I see someone who emulates such principles, I admire and instantly recognize with them.

I also believe that it is necessary to help those that are less fortunate. This philanthropist attitude is something my mother taught me (she is an ICU specialist) and something my mentor, Adam Pantan values.

• At which point did you make the decision to dress in a considered manner which was independent from the crowd? What reaction did you receive from people?

When I changed my wardrobe and became the man I wanted to be. Some laughed (e.g. when I ask for only 2 cubes of ice with my whiskey) and I fed of it and become more confident in what I was wearing and doing, because I knew It was something that was different and not normal. It’s as though I was upsetting the natural order of things, and this still keeps me going.
There were and still are a handful of people that appreciate my personal style , and I reciprocate the same admiration towards them. These people are the people I keep close. The rest are just noise, and though I respect their opinions as to who they are, they aren’t who I want to be associated with and they will not deter me.

 

• Who is your ultimate style icon?

This is a tough question. It’s hard to nail one ultimate style icon (similar to my taste in music) as I admire various facets of designers and models. Guy Robinson (his D&G spring/summer 2010 hair style is what I have taken inspiration from) and David Gandy are two models I appreciate when they aren’t on campaign. Their looks are always classic, smart and very achievable. Tom Ford; I will always appreciate mainly due to the way he designs and accessories his suits.

 

 

All fashion items from the personal collection of Nikul Roshania.

Photography: Michelle Oberholzer

Interview: Ryan from The Curator – www.the-curator.co.za

Narration: Nikul Roshania

 

I’m Back and the Vintage Lifestyle shoot

Hello Everyone!

I have had a good break and it is really great to be back. I have done some soul searching re my blog lately as I have been feeling a need for evolution. I have decided to make a shift from street style for now and focus on personal style and interviewing each subject in more depth. It feels right. :)

I am so excited to announce that I will be collaborating the Ryan from The Curator. I will be doing the photography and he will be doing the writing. I am so looking forward to this collaboration! Super excited. The first edition of the personal style post will follow sometime next week.

I would love to share some images of a shoot I did for Vintage Lifestyle magazine. Check out the issue here. The editorial was called ‘On the Sidewalk’.

 

 

Asanda

Music love: That Hump – Erykah Badu

Top and jacket: Bargains Galore

Short and necklace: Mr Price

Shoes: Tomy

 

Koichi

Hat and shirt: From somewhere in Italy

Cardigan: Brian Barry

Jacket: Junya Watanabe

Shoes: Nike

 

 Barbara

Music love: Rodriguez

Favourite place in Cape Town: Clarkes

Hat and shirt: Babette

Short: Vintage

Cardi: Cotton On

Watch: Casio

Jewellery: Babette and Pierre Estienne

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Jessica

Music love: Head like a hole – Nine Inch Nails

Favourite place in Cape Town: Clarkes

 Hat: Woolworths

Shirt: Forever New

Cardi: Vertigo

Bag: Beatnix

Skirt: Country Road

Shoes: Buccaneers

 

Ayanda

Music love: Myra

Favourite place in Cape Town: Cafe Mojito

Shirt: G-Star

Jacket: YDE

Bow Tie: Topman

Pant and shoes: Zara

 

Jess

Music love: Sacrilege – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Favourite place in Cape Town: Everywhere

Tee: from my sister

Jacket: Mr Price

Short: Cotton On

Shoes: Converse

 

Peace

Music love: Burgundy – Earl Sweatshirt

Favourite place in Cape Town: Green market Square

Hat, jacket and shoes: from my dad

Shirt: uncle’s old

Pant: Mr Price

Crowning Glory

 

I did a beautiful shoot with local Cape Town head wear designer Georgina Warner from Crowning Glory. Like Crowning Glory on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest designs: https://www.facebook.com/CrowningGloryHeadwear

Georgina designs these beautiful flower creations and they can add joy, beauty, femininity and a certain playfulness to any outfit. I love wearing my Crowning Glory.

 

 

Flower crowns: Crowning Glory – Georgina Warner

Concept and photography: Michelle Oberholzer

Model: Shani Bijleveld