Fabrics and Photos
Of all the creative goings-on that we're bound to be treated to as the Decorex decor and lifestyle fair rolls into Cape Town at the end of April, we're certain we're going to find a real highlight in the form of the Picture Africa exhibition. Based at the 100% Textiles pavilion (a precursor to 100% Design South Africa, which takes place later in the year), this exhibit aims to explore the relationship between fabrics and photography and the way in which these two mediums help to create a visual identity for the African continent. It's a forward-thinking show that looks to celebrate the vibrancy and boldness of Africa through the amalgamation of textiles and street and studio photography, while also encouraging viewers to think about how these platforms might evolve in the future.
'Picture Africa is intended to offer a point of stimulus and fresh inspiration,' explains curator Cathy O'Clery, the revered Creative Director of Platform Creative Agency and the Programmes Director of 100% Design. 'It is meant to spark conversations and creative thought - all of which helps fuel our industry to create new products.'The new products she refers to include the potential exciting results of digital printing, which sees photography and fabrics merge.