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The art of living

Art de vivre 5 October 2019 Edition 1


Contents Every Stone Has A Statue Inside by Siviwe Dyasi


Up and coming tea and bagel talents of Jane Solo by Jessica Feldtman


Beauty beyond the orange door by Jessica Feldtman


NOT A BOY by Paloma Giutizieri


Barbells, rings and body positivity by Paloma Giustizieri


Food art? by Siviwe Dyasi


“If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed. If your hair is nappy, they’re not happy” by Megan Gwaunza


Meet the team

Paloma Giustizieri



Editor’s note By Paloma Giustizieri

Art de vivre wants to open your mind. We want to explore different art forms and to show you that you can make money from it. Here we showcase artwork as a living. Traditionally, people expect to see Van Gogh and classic art instillations when the word “artwork” is mentioned. Here, we want to contrast that. Art de vivre will explore artists that earn their monthly income based on their craft. Lebogang Rasethaba is one of the directors of Arcade Content. A film making company that produces advertisements, music videos, documentaries and other creative content. Lebogang recently collaborated with MTV South Africa to create a documentary based on what blackness means to black South Africans. His creativity has led him to create content for Nike, Honda and many others. It is stories like Lebogang’s that will shape the content of Art de vivre. Artwork is subjective. What you think may be art, may not be what I think art is. That is the beauty of it. From film to photography to Latte art to hand embroidery. Art is all around us and deserves to be celebrated. Latte Art Dice is an online shop that has created a dozen dice with different latte patterns on each side. Competitions are thrown throughout the US whereby latte artists use the dice to add a new level of creativity and skill between latte artists. This may not be the first thing that comes to mind when hearing, “art,” however we believe it is. Baristas earn around R5 000 a month estimated. Here we do art and pay for rent! Mmatumisang Motsisi is a Masters drama student. She is also employed by the UCKAR Drama Department as a tutor and student lecturer. She expresses her art through theatre. Our publication will show you more student’s like Mmatumisang; earning a living and showcasing her art at the same time. Art de vivre will lead your creativity to new places. Showcase art that may not stereotypically be considered “art”. You may not see a collection of renaissance 1503 Mona Lisa, but, keep paging if you like what you see so far.

By Paloma GiustizieriWW



Photo credits: Paloma Giustizieri

Photo credits: Paloma Giustizieri



Beautiful sculpture in Makhanda Photo credits: Siviwe Dyasi

ruled me in and moved by body towards it

This sculpture caught my eye from across the street,

Every Stone Has a Statue Inside

By Siviwe Dyasi


s you exit the town of Makhanda heading to the township, on the side of Day Hospital. On your left-hand side, there is a giant naked sculpture that will catch your attention. When I saw it I tried to ignore it, but as I was passing, my eyes failed to resist the beautiful and colourful statue that was positioned at the gate facing direction. that statue will demand your attention. You would vow that the statue knows you by name, the way it calls you to come and see more. The place’s name is right at the gate, written in bold - Style Décor. When I entered, there was a competition between my mind and mym eyes, as I

was trying to focus but my eyes wanted to look at everything all at once.

could smell was the soil as it seemed like the small garden was watered before my arrival. The garden had beautiful green and white flowers. I The place is peaceful. The only thing you can hear is the sound of the stopped and sniffed the flowers. That is the smell I cannot describe. All I small garden waterfall fountain. It is could smell was nature. I went at the surrounded by all kinds of statues. back of this small building. The great It is hidden in a way, you have to smell of nature was destroyed immefollow the sound to locate it. Next diately as the first thing I was facing to it there is a fish tank. I saw a tiny was an old car. All I could smell was pink fish. My own memories arose. Three years ago, I overfed my nieces’ oil. only fish, to its death. Before I knew The sculptures were perfectly made. it, I heard a voice saying “ukhangela ntoni?”. I turned around and greeted, They felt Smooth like butter, but the hands of the sculptor were the total then explained why I was there. The man was understanding and allowed opposite. When I shook his hand, I could tell that these are the hands of me to take photographs. a hard worker. An artist’s hands. As I was taking photographs, all I

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”, exclaimed Michaelangelo



Photo credits: Jessica Feldtman

Entrance to Jane Solo: Tea and Bagel bar

Up and coming tea and bagel talents of Jane Solo

A coffee a day keeps the bad vibes away!

By Jessica Feldtman On 8 August 2019, Jane Solo: Tea and Bagel Bar received their certificate of acceptability to start business. It promises to be another great restaurant as well as an opportunity for a local Grahamstown businesswoman to put her artistic talents with food on display. Jane Solo: Tea and Bagel Bar, is set to bring great service and delicious treats to customers. All the goods on sale are homemade and baked fresh every morning. The menu includes default as well as vegan and vegetarian options. The restaurant is also in collaboration with Under the Arch and On the Brew: Mobile Coffee. Food can be considered an artform because it is a way in which people display their artistic talents whilst also expressing themselves. Urban Eat mentioned how food can be

viewed as an art form because “just as a painter wants to show off his work, a chef wants his food to be tasted and explored.” The owner of Jane Solo: Tea and Bagel Bar, Jane Sweetman, is a local who wishes to portray her artistic skills through her love for food. “My favourite part about food is that one is able to make it look artistic on a plate.” She hopes that through her business, she will be able to do what she loves which is to “make food look pretty and taste delicious.”

rica and to encourage unity within communities. This is also included in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s mix of interventions aimed at boosting the economy. Through supporting local businesses, it will pave a way for the elimination of import tax and open up a new market. Jane Solo: Tea and Bagel Bar is situated on 135b High Street and is now open. For further information on Jane Solo: Tea and Bagel Bar, one can visit their Facebook page.

She is one of many other locals within South Africa who are using their artistic talents to earn a living. According to City Press, boosting small businesses is a step towards growing the economy of South Af-



Beyond the orange door

Entrance door to Sweet Water Spa, Mahkanda Photo credit: Jessica Feldtman

By Jessica Feldtman


n the quieter street of Glanville, stands a bright orange door frame. This warm colour marks the entrance to a local Makhanda business, Sweet Waters Spa. A strong fresh smell of perfumes mixed with nail polish fills the first room of Sweet Water Spa. “I’m just going to put another coat on and then we’ll be all done,” says Chevonne De Klerk, the beauty therapist. “Feel free to look around, take pictures and ask any questions you’d like,” she says with a big, friendly smile on her face. Her face scrunches up in concentration as she resumes applying a light nude nail polish to a customer’s nails. “I was a nurse for 20 years, felt the need to do something different. I see the beauty industry as a healing industry. It’s not only about outer beauty, it’s about improving and helping people to feel better about themselves and that is rooted in the healing concept.” Sweet Waters Spa is not the only local business within Makhanda. In the greater scheme of things, there are many local businesses within South Africa. According to BusinessTech, 98,5% of the country’s economy is made up of small businesses. In his new economic interventions, President Cyril Ramaphosa also mentioned how he wishes to boost the South Afri-

can economy through encouraging people to support local businesses.

treatment] is what I’m actually good at.”

“And we’re all done”.

Ever since the spa opened in June, it has only increased in popularity. De The customer and another Graham- Klerk works as the full-time beauty stown local, Melissa Daviaf smiles therapist at the spa. She specializes in as she gazes at her newly polished doing body massages, facials (basic fingernails. “This is the second time and deep cleaning), waxing, as well I’ve been here and I’m always happy as a variety of manicures and pedicures. Yet, despite the long hours and demanding work, she enjoys her job and the fact that she has the ability to, what she refers to as the ability to “help people feel beautiful”. According to Ememry Wheel, beauty is considered an artform. Humans have always viewed art as a form of expression, a way for artists to show their creativity and exwith the service. That’s why I keep press themselves through their crafts. coming back.” Today, aesthetics, the appreciation of De Klerk cheerfully greets Mrs. beauty, configures the human world. Daviaf farewell as she leaves the spa. To a certain extent, humans have Once the door closes, she wipes her the ability to socially construct the hands and heaves back into her chair. world and perceptions of it. So, in a Her bright green eyes shine as she sense, humans can show themselves begins to share her story and shared through aesthetics. passion with her employer, Mrs. Mostert. For De Klerk, her trade enables her to express herself whilst also pursuing her passion. “In this line of work, you “I originally wanted to study Travel need to have a passion for what you and Tourism. However, when I do. And that is my passion…pamperarrived at sign ups, I discovered that ing people and making people feel the classes were all fully booked.” For special and good about themselves.” De Klerk, the change of her course “You make people feel good and it was a blessing in disguise. “I thought makes you feel good.” to myself, let’s try beauty and see what happens. Two years into the course, I realized that this [beauty

“You make people feel good and it makes you feel good.”



“makeup is an artform but beauty is found within,� megan explains.

“jessica says, Art is a way we express our identity in the most unfiltered way.”


Photo credits: Paloma Giustizieri


Lebo explains: “it took me months to decide what I wanted the logo to look like. I like the simplicity of it.�


By Paloma Giustizieri

TOP: Lebo sets out their material that they draw and design with on shoes, caps, t-shirts and pants. BOTTOM: Lebo Modikwe, an aspiring designer, showing off their cream converse, designed with their brand’s icon: the cactus.




“Piercing my nipples gave me a sense of power. Claiming the one body part that makes me particularily self concoius,� said anonymous speaker. Photo credit: Paloma Giustizieri

Photo credits: Paloma Giustizieri


Barbells, rings


body positivity


Right: Thabiso Ntshulani-Mgwaba showing us his, ‘face art” Left: “Throughout high school I never took photos with my face, my piercings gave me a sheild of confidence.”

Photo credits: Paloma Giustizieri

By Paloma Giustizieri

In 2017 Ayanda Dlamini went to a small piercing parlor in Kloof, Kwazulu Natal. Five minutes later, along with some numbing cream and some wincing, her nipples were pierced. She once explained how she always used to dislike the way her body looked, particularly her boobs. “Their size and shape are so different, they are not symmetrical at all!” She used to find insecurity in them.

HER WE E WE LCO SEL ME EXP F RES SIO considering ways to bring N their confidence up instead of trying to change who they actually are, just adding a little seasoning to their physical presence. Piercings in these “taboo” areas deserve to be understood and acknowledged as a form of self-love and transformation in a positive way.

Ayanda has now had these tiny bars through her nipples for two years and her confidence has bloomed. She closes her eyes and laughs, “my mom’s reaction was the best though”. Her mother saw the piercing one-day and she was besides herself. She explained that her mom thought she got the piercings for sexual reasons. This was not Ayanda’s actual reason. She got them for her confidence, to become more comfortable in her body.

I have a similar experience to Ayanda’s. My breasts always felt incredibly bland, unequal and boring. Due to the fact that I have always liked piercings (I have an industrial, a rook, a helix, two nipple rings and a web ring), I decided to make a small body change by getting both my nipples pierced. Having nipple rings comes with a sexual liberation of sorts. It also came with making me feel more confident being braless, it brought up my self confidence more than I ever thought it would.

Certain piercings are seen as taboo, particularly those in more “private” areas. Many people resonate with Ayanda’s experience. The idea of becoming more body positive is something a lot of individuals think about,

This connotation of nipple rings comes from an older ideology that believes that nipple rings are only associated with sexual activities and to increase pleasure however the practice actually derives from the late 14th

century when Queen Isabella of Bavaria introduced the “Garments of the grand neckline”, a combination of delicate chains going from one nipple to the other in upper class societies. I believe that piercings become a part of body art. If you speak to someone with piercings, you’ll know that their piercings are a part of who they are. They shape your identity and bring an element of self-awareness. Piercings are a form of self-expression. My body art has created a more positive image of my physical presence in my mind. It has helped me embrace the physicality of who I am and helped me realize that this body I have is changeable. It is worthy of art and expression.


Is food art? 2 By Siviwe Dyasi

018 September, Rustic Route closed down for a while due to some business matters. Now it has been nine months since it has reopened under a new manager, Simbongile Booi who is a Makhanda resident and a former Rhodes University student. Rustic is known as a food market that caters for a wide array of private and corporate events, such as birthdays and business conferences. People who work behind the bar and at the kitchen say that,“art is made here”. “Art is made by people, it is people who turn natural things to something beautiful and enjoyable, but people don’t usually consider food as art, but here, we make and present our food in an artistic way,” Said Booi “Our target market seem to enjoy our food, but do they know that they are enjoying our cookers’ art expression?” he added. Booi mentioned that the preparation and the combination of dishes back in the kitchen is made in an artistic way by the chefs. “Some artists create things to make a statement or express feelings, here too we use food to make a statement and express our love for art” he said, “This is business, but behind the closed doors it’s an art project.”

Sim Bongile Booi Manager of Rustic Route, Makhanda Photo credits: Siviwe Dyasi


Some know the place for its drinks, some for its delicious food but Yamkela Koti who is a second-year drama student at Rhodes University and a regular customer of Rustic route knows it for its welcoming atmosphere and artistic setup. “The wooden chairs, the stonework which is art on its own, keeps me coming back as I am someone who is in love with art.” Said Koti describing Rustic Route, “Oh my God, the creativity on their food is beyond, it’s like they serve their food in galleries.”

Tobi Dodo who has been working at Rustic route for almost a year described ‘art’ based on his understanding saying that art is creating and presenting something in the most creative way that one can. “When I think of food I think about love and that comes from the cliché saying that mums cook with love, but when I think about the Rustic Route food, I think about art because even the way that the food is placed on a tray, you would swear that it will be displayed with other forms of art in an auction” Said Dodo.]

The Rustic rooster bread and coffee for breakfast is one of the most well known meal on their menu. Booi said he thinks the reason why the combination sells so well is because of the coffee artwork, as the baristas make hearts on the coffee using its foam, which is also a form of art. He said people are always taking pictures of the coffee.

To argue more, he brought a point that there is a culinary art school in which it specialises with food as art. He said that is the reason why he thinks that Rustic food is not just food but ‘food art’ because it has almost the same creativity as the culinary art schools.

Booi said, “One more thing that convinces me that our food is in an art form is because ever since I read Jose Andres’ book, he said that art should be a thrill for all our senses, and I think our food certifies all of our senses.”

Having witnessed the process of food preparation, they treat food with love and respect and if there is an error in a plate, it is erased immediately and that is how artists make their art. Rustic Route is a place that will continue as the success that they currently are.






Rustic’s best bacon and cheese burger with a side of chips accompanied with a crandberry vodka cocktail Photo credit: Siviwe Dyasi


“Art to me iis fashion, showing my identity through what i wear”, Paloma explains

Photo credits: Jessica Feldtman


siviwe says,“Art to me is self expressive�

Photo credits: Paloma Giustizieri


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In the documentary, Good Hair,

which was produced and narrated by Chris Rock, an American comedian, Paul Mooney states, “if your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed. If your hair is nappy, they're not happy”. Black hair has been subjected to harsher policies than other hair types for centuries now. To have natural black hair is a political statement in most societies because “good” hair is associated with what is closest to whiteness and “bad” hair is closer to blackness. Unfortunately, this has meant that there is more power capital for women with longer, straighter hair and less for the women with kinky, short, coarse hair.

When it comes to black women and black girls, their identity is intertwined with the presentation and the up keep of their hair. Hair is important across various cultures and social groups as it often very symbolic. More specifically, for African people, hair is symbolic as it extends into different aspects of the black African culture and life. It holds social, cultural and religious meaning. In a historical context, hair was used as a form of communication within different societies.

During the colonial period, the Europeans who came to Africa to acquire raw materials on this continent, were often perplexed by the different hairstyles that they saw in the various communities. They then resorted to shaving off the hair of enslaved Africans in order to break the African spirit and in a way to erase a part of African culture. African hair was then de-

“My hair is my heritage, it is my crown...” picted as being ugly and the long, straight European hair was now the accepted standard of beauty. We still see the impact of this today in South Africa, through school hair policies that have been used to oppress girls within their schools. Most of the hair policies implemented in different schools across the country are acts of racist micro-aggressions from the mostly white dominated ruling bodies. An example of this would be the case of the Pretoria High School for Girls and most recently Malibu

High in Cape Town, where black students were forced to plait their afros because it made them look “untidy”. The failure of school boards to recognize the complexity of black hair and how its upkeep and styling if different from other races, adds fuel to the already rampant racial divide in the country. As Achumile Qobo, one of the students explained: “My hair is my heritage, it is my crown; why should the school dictate to me how to wear it? We are not here for hair, we are here to learn and that is what they should focus on, teaching us” . As long as the hair is neat as the school rules say it should be, then the school disciplinary boards have to right to use their policies as a way of racially discriminating against black girls in high schools. The rules are being used to control the “born-free” generation and reestablish the white rule in those spaces. Hair is a form of expression, art of sorts. Hair shapes, influences and molds your identity and when that is removed, a sense of self is lost.


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