My home country is apart of who I am and affects how I see the world. It is because of this I chose to draw inspiration for my thesis collection From The South African grasslands known as “veld” and my family’s collective experiences with them. I chose to focus on these grasslands and their grasses. Because although they are not paid attention to, they apart of every south African’s story, regardless of his or her background. For me the veld was a big part of my childhood and still reminds me of my country, strong, resilient and beautiful.
Although this project did not go according to plan with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic limiting access to resources. I really enjoyed finding ways to work around these limitations. I was unable to get fabric and had to work predominantly with Muslin, which I had left over or that I salvaged from previous projects. Which I then found a way to paint the fabric by burning patterns into it using soot and smoke. It was an exercise in looking for possibilities within problems.
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My name is Kirsten Claire Zeelie. I am a graduate women’s wear designer with a background in business. Before completing my degree in fashion design, I completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in business management. My nationality is a big part of who I am. It is a source of inspiration and informs my decisions. I am proudly South African and dedicated to the growth and development of my country. I hope to one day contribute to better the lives of people in developing nations through sustainable job creation and support of local artisans.