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Bonga Jwambi Workshop

Bonga
Posted April 25, 2016
Expired on June 24, 2016
Bonga Jwambi New Range on Live TV Show
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I am looking for sponsorship and this is my portfolio.

I createtrendy and affordable up-cycled furniture using materials like pallets and box plastic strapping. The idea is to reuse the stuff that other people see as rubbish and show the public it can still be useful by giving it another life.I was born in Khayelitsha, Cape Town andhave no formal training in art or design, but I feel strongly that art is something I can say I was born with. The realization that I wanted to be an artist came to me while I was still at primary school. AScottish Catholic nun doing community work in the area saw my work and commissioned me to draw Christmas cards for the organisation she was working with. It was a moment of revelation for me; the moment I realized the potential to make a career out of art. My current range consists of chairs and stools and I plan to expand it to include bigger benches and lamps. My pieces have a clean, minimalistic aesthetic.

Someaccolades:

2015 Emerging CreativeDesign Indaba 2015 Future Found AwardSouthern Guild

2015 Top 3 Homeware Designers to be under your Rader Sunday Times

2016 Top 50 Rising StarsHouse and Leisure

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My name is Bonga Jwambi I live in Cape Town. I'm a furniture designer, I started using jet equipment at the CCDI(Cape Craft and Design Institute). However, they onlyallow you tomake prototypes, which means you can't mass produce. My dream has always been to have my own workshop, but the main obstacle therehas been acquiring my own equipment,which is provingvery difficult. At this stage in my career,I can't afford wood work equipment. That is why I am writing this e-mail to you, asking for your help in anyway thatyou can. Ialso tried to do a public fundraising campaign to raise money tobuy tools and equipment. Unfortunately that didn't work out.

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Emily Garcia
Apr 25, 2016
Apr 25, 2016

Your work is very beautiful and creative, Bonga. I was so happy to see you join the community and hope our platform can be a helpful resource for you!

Bonga
Apr 27, 2016
Apr 27, 2016

Thank you so much for the compliment Emily! 

I joined the community, because I believe it will motivate and support me on what I'm trying to achieve on making this world more greener and better place to live in.

Emily Garcia
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

These are perfect reasons to join, and you are very welcome here! :)

angegriffin
Apr 26, 2016
Apr 26, 2016

I agree with Emily, Bonga.

My dream is to have a store someday featuring hand crafted pieces by innovative artists like you using sustainable practices.

Keep on trying, don't give up on your dream!

Angela

Bonga
Apr 27, 2016
Apr 27, 2016

I would love to be part of that store! 

I won't give up on this dream that I have, because I worked so hard to be at the stage that I'm now!

annadassa
May 02, 2016
May 02, 2016

Hi Bonga,

Thank you for showing us those beautiful art pieces! You are a very creative designer. Keep up the good work! 

Kind regards,

Annadassa