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Creative Duo Shaking Up Durban’s Design Scene With Tamaloola

Local Durbanites mix up the pot plant game with an awesome new concept. James had a closer-look…

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Up until recently, Durban has been left off the map when it comes to beautiful design. There has been a resurgence of interest in South Africa’s third largest city due to some exquisite developments like the revived waterfront promenade and Jonathan Liebman’s new initiative in Durban City centre. Tamaloola – a recent addition to this new breed of great design – is the brainchild of Durban based design-duo Tam and Grant Powell.

The idea for their pot plants came out of necessity, Tam explains that: “it was getting close to Christmas, we had a limited budget, and loads of people to buy for”. After conceptualising she decided to combine concrete and the plants she loves into the perfect Christmas gifts.

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Once the first batch came out, like anyone these days, she decided to Instagram them to show friends what her and her hubby had been up to.

I posted a picture on my personal Instagram because I was so chuffed with how they turned out – and the response was overwhelming! I had loads of family and friends asking if I would make for them and so we decided it might be a good venture to try and see how it goes.

Tamaloola bring a whimsical aesthetic to a material that often gets overlooked in high end design. The pot plants make for great a great way to add interest points, and modernise your home, or great gits. They trendy minimalist forms are off set with geometric patterns that will add the cool-factor to any space.

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Where can you find these awesome pots? Well, Tamaloola has only been around since last Christmas but luckily for Durbanites they are selling at farmers markets around the Durban area. What about the rest of us? Powell says they are exploring other markets and platforms at the moment.

We are still in super early stages and we are only selling at a few places, but we are loving it and so excited to see what’s in store!

For more check out the Tamaloola blog or follow @tamaloola_  on Instagram

 

James is an Architecture student who loves all things Design, Football and Zombie related. When he isn't behind a drawing board, he is Instagramming about Johannesburg, or is commentating a Chelsea FC game from the comfort of his couch. For more check him out on: Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.

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This Pokémon Card Could Earn You R19 Million

Do you own any of these high-value Pokémon cards?

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Over the last few years, an unorthodox yet lucrative investment has emerged in the form of Pokémon cards, exemplified by high-profile individuals such as YouTuber Logan Paul, who spent millions acquiring first editions.

Interested in alternative investments, a new study has analysed the latest data from online marketplace eBay to establish which Pokémon cards could earn the most when sold.

According to the most expensive listings, the Japanese Old Back Pokémon Trophy Card NO.2 Neo Spring Battle PSA 9 Pikachu is evaluated at $1,274,523, which puts it at around R19 million.

Here is the list of the most expensive Pokémon cards in the world:

  1. Japanese Old Back Pokémon Trophy Card NO.2 Neo Spring Battle PSA 9 Pikachu$1,274,523
  2. PSA 10 Trophy Kangaskhan Parent & Child Tournament 1998$476,784
  3. 1st Edition Japanese Base Set No Rarity Blastoise 1996 PSA 10 Mint$253,197
  4. Pokémon EX Deoxys # 107 Gold Star Rayquaza Holo PSA 10 Card$99,528
  5. PSA 10 ITALIAN Ivysaur #30 1st Edition GEM 10$74,647
  6. Pokemon Card Machamp 1st Edition 8/102 Hologram$27,245
  7. 1998 Japanese Pokémon Meiji movie promo prism Holofoil card #3 Ancient Mew Gem!$24,883
  8. PSA 10 Pokémon Card Mewtwo GX Promo HR Competition GEM Mint 2019 Japan 364/SM-P$15,427
  9. Pokemon 026 Tropical Wind STAMP PSA 10 PROMO World 2004 Tournament Card Prize$14,929
  10. PSA 10 Pokemon Card Game Gengar Holo Masaki Promo Vending Japanese GEM MT #94$13,934
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It’s All Done with Computers: Why African Artists are Embracing Digital Art Software

Here’s how African artists are harnessing the future.

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Modern technology is something that nobody can escape, whether you want to or not. However, it is not something to be afraid of but rather embrace, just as African artists are doing now. This foray into digital African art styles is not something new, but there is a reason behind it which the world needs to pay attention to.

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It can make the real world a better place

Using technology such as digital art software allows African artists to put ‘institutional’ art world in a very uncomfortable place, as many artists who use digital art software are outside of the norm. This is because it is a relatively new sector of what is a classically ‘Western’ industry.

Artists who previously did not have an audience for their work can use digital art software and the internet to gain a following and build a career out of their passion, much like the artists showcased by the One Source Live campaign. Technology allows African artists to show the world that the continent is not simply a ‘dark’ place but is one that is embracing and understanding technology and its many perks.

It allows them to find (and raise) their voices

Digital art software has allowed African artists such as Osborne Macharia and Fabrice Monteiro to voice their opinions, and it has enabled them to share these with the world at large. They can also use the software to try out different art styles and find their niche.

Art created with digital art software is considered to be part of the ‘new media arts’ movement and it is this movement which has empowered African artists such as Macharia and Monteiro, as well as others in African countries where self-expression was previously very limited. With digital software and the internet, these young African artists are able to sell their work online to an international audience. They are spreading their messages digitally, allowing other countries to take note of the new wave of African art styles.

They do not need to hire a studio space

Saving money by not renting a studio space may seem a more practical reason for using digital art software, but it is one that many African artists need to consider in some of the more developing countries on the continent.

Being able to create their art remotely from the comfort of their own homes or internet cafes means that their creative process is not interrupted by outside noise. Many African artists enjoy the mobility of digital art and the newness of it, and the fact that there are no ‘rules’ you need to follow when creating with it. This means that they are able to create art in any space they prefer because digital art software needs only an internet connection, a computer and imagination.

Digital art subverts traditional views

Digital art is something that many non-African countries see as a ‘Western’ invention or tool, and by using this to create their work. African artists are subverting the views of the Western world on who ‘can’ use digital art software.

African artists can create images that reflect the issues in their countries by editing photographs or by making digital paintings. They can be as traditional or as subversive as they want by using the software, and many African artists are using programs to help them create fantastical universes in the Afrofuturism vein. It is these fantastical images that the world is taking notice of, and art connoisseurs are waking up to the fact that African art is no longer simply tribal masks in museums and tourist trinkets on the roadside.

It shows that Africa is more than one identity

African artists have long been frustrated with how the Internet and books portray African art. If you search online using the phrase ‘African art’ you will most likely find images of tribal art or beadwork, but contemporary artists on the continent are striving to show the world a different picture.

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In terms of digital media, Africa is seen as one ‘identity’, but by using digital art software and creating images that can easily be loaded up online, African artists are showing the rest of the world that Africa is a uniquely diverse continent. Technology has affected each African country in different ways, and so the world cannot only use South Africa, Kenya or Nigeria as examples. This is remedied by the digital art that is seen in countries such as Ghana and Ethiopia and countries that are often overlooked by the Western art world.

Digital art software may be a new innovation, but the use of technology in African art styles is not. African artists are embracing digital art software because it is enabling them to find and hone their voices and spread their art to the world. They are able to work remotely, which saves them no studio rent costs and allows them to focus on creating their work. It allows them to subvert traditional views of African artists, and now the popularity of modern African art is growing steadily across the globe.

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2018 Craft Beer Trends to Keep an Eye out For!

Here’s where the golden nectar is going in 2018!

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Craft Beer has exploded onto the scene in the last few years and seems to be a mainstay when it comes to beer rather than a passing fad. Because it’s often driven by small communities of enthusiasts and micro-breweries, it’s a space where innovating and trying new things is commonplace – and there are some interesting trends that’ll be popping up that craft beer aficionados can look out for!

Expect A Surge in New England IPAs 

The traditional West Coast IPA (Indian Pale Ale) is a firm favourite among craft beer drinkers and brewers, but the New England IPA is busy making waves as well and doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down. While the West Coast style is dry and light, the New England variant is a bit hazier, smoother and has an almost creamy texture. It seems to have divided avid beer drinkers, though, so you’re likely to either love it or hate it – Devil’s Peak has an iteration to test out called the ‘Juicy Lucy’ if you feel like broadening your horizons.

Barrel Beers

Barrel aging is old hat as far as alcohol distilling methods go – but it’s an uncommon method to use for beers, for now. The methods of using barrels in conjunction with beer means that the beer will adopt some taste qualities of whatever the barrel was being the most popular choices so far. This method creates a possibility to generate a wide array of tastes not normally associated with beers – Woodstock Brewery’s Sugarman Belgian Quad will give a good idea of what’s possible using this method.

Big Companies Might Crash the Party

Craft Beer brewing as a hobby but also a commercial community of brewers is grassroots by nature – it’s been driven primarily by microbreweries and willing entrepreneurs. It’s overwhelming popularity is probably catching the attention of mass brewing companies, though, so them getting involved seems like an inevitable direction for us to head. This obviously comes with its pros and cons – but if big companies deliver tastier products for more consumers to enjoy, it should mostly be a positive.

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Sour Sensations 

Sour craft beers might sound bizarre, but they’re an old and established style that have been enjoyed in countries like Germany and Belgium for quite some time. Additional yeast and bacteria exposure can give a beer a sour but refreshing element. It won’t be for everyone, but if you’re a fan of sour tastes in general something the Devil’s Peak ‘It Takes Two to Mango’ might be your thing.

More Impressive Team-Ups

Team-ups aren’t just for superhero movies anymore, they’re also for breweries looking to bring new and interesting beers to the market. Collaborations between craft brewers have been gaining popularity for the last year or so and seem likely to continue, so if you’re a devout supporter of a certain brand they might be coming up with something new courtesy of comparing notes with other established brewers.

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People Are Relating To This Hilarious Mom-Daughter Conversation About Their Cat

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This Guy’s Road Trip Across Australia Will Make You Want To Quit Your Job And Travel

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