Being a young designer in South Africa is something I had actually seen myself becoming, but stopping there was not an option. In 2009 I was an art student finishing off my Matric year and feeling the pressure to choose my career path. In all honesty I knew becoming a doctor or lawyer was really something I didn’t want to pursue. I remember sitting in Art one day and getting back my results for a theory exam I had written, 98%….I was so excited that I had received those marks and truly couldn’t believe it. Theory was hard, you had to think and analyse artwork and artists, critique there thought processes and explain their creations taking into consideration the time and era they were created in. It was then that I started to question…what happened to my 2%? It came to me like an epiphany, “How can I be marked based on my opinion and how I analyse something artistic, art is never wrong!?”
I recall my teacher looking at me and smiling….”exactly!” She had mentioned that I should go into design after school, and in thinking about it now, I wonder if she thought I had the talent, or rather the “brains” to design? I had made my decision in that moment to become a designer and pursue a career in the “artistic industry” if I can call it that. I spoke to mom (being a creative herself), and remember getting all my work together and going to my Interview. I was to be analysed…… Its a funny thing that, because in that moment I think I grew a new respect for what I had wanted to do. For someone to commend me on choosing my subjects wisely and being able to qualify for the “criteria” for being a designer was really something to be proud of – Its’ something we don’t hear much about in the world, generally you would know that you need amazing marks to be a doctor or a business mind to get a BCOM or even qualify for some kind of tertiary qualification, but here I was, applying with my talent for a Degree!