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HL Next Level 2019: Jeweller Philisa Zibi

Works by young South African jeweller Philisa Zibi have already been featured on major platforms around the world, including International Jewellery London.

Illustration Stacey Knipe

Philisa Zibi | House and Leisure

Each year, House and Leisure creates a special feature that is all about up-and-coming South African creative talent. We look closely at the worlds of decor and design, and ask architects, ceramicists, product designers, artists, jewellers and photographers to tell us who we should be watching out for in their areas of work. 

Recent alumni of the Next Level list include fashion designer Rich Mnisi, photographer Zander Opperman and illustrator Karabo Poppy Moletsane, among many others. Check out the entire 2018 Next Level crew here.

The research phase of the work on this feature is followed by a discussion of precisely who we want to showcase – and why. This year, the team recognised that there has been a palpable return to the handmade recently, and so we wanted everyone who was featured to be someone who makes their pieces by hand.

From a textile designer to a jeweller and a chef, all the creatives included in 2019’s House and Leisure Next Level list do just that.

Jeweller Philisa Zibi Is One Of Them

A graphic sensibility and carefully practiced eye for interesting metal combinations have put Philisa Zibi’s Ma’art Jewellery line on the map, with it featuring on major creative platforms around the world including International Jewellery London.

Zibi made her mark on the creative scene with a range of silver spoons she created for The Collection Studio in Port Elizabeth, and was one of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives in 2013.

Now she’s producing covetable jewellery in between completing a degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at the University of Johannesburg.

‘Craft is critical in my practice,’ Philisa Zibi says, adding that she explores her past and the skills passed down to her through generations in her work.

‘To me, great art is enhanced by the skill of craft, which is why I’m always learning new techniques and strengthening those I already know. Craft has its roots in indigenous cultures: it depicts rituals, practices and technical advancements that have been developed by societies throughout centuries. Through craft, my work displays some of these ancient remnants and draws people closer to them.’

Watch Our Video Portrait Of Philisa Zibi Here

 

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