|A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE TESTIMONIES OF:|
|Zubenathi Phoenix Nqwelo||Model|
|Estelle (Moulan) Jacobs||Music & Composition|
|Weslee Dee Johannessen||Production Assistant & Cast Member|
|Frankie Herwels||Cast Member & Collaborator|
|Michaela Limberis||Advisory Team Member & Collaborator|
|Mandla Shonhiwa||Advisory Team Member|
|Valerie Ekgebo||Makeup & Hair|
|Ofentse ‘KNGDBS’ Letebele|
|UNCLE’S Art Studio and Dealers|
|LORNE Jewellery Design Shop|
|Ilze Wolff||Wolff Architects (Co-Director)|
|Erica de Greef||AFRI (Director and Co-Founder)|
|Gordon Bradley||Rex Trueform (Distribution, Property and Quality Assurance Executive)|
|Mandy Tinkler||Habits Boutique (CEO and Owner)|
|Institute for Creative Arts (ICA)|
|African Fashion Research Institute (AFRI)|
|MESSAGE FROM THE ARTIST:|
|I the artist would like to thank you for taking the time to view, listen and interact with this special archival project which is not only important for the history of South African design in the disciplines of fashion and architecture but to the people of Cape Town and to the legacies of workers affected.
I have been truly humbled by this journey into leadership; gaining the true meaning of courage, vulnerability, discipline, communication and empathy to render out the best possible reflection of an important event, certainly in my history and for the communities involved.
I would also like to thank this amazing crew of creative pioneers in helping to put this work together whilst sat here in another province. Life has required that we shift and change our mode of doing things and therefore the dedication afforded to the complex logistics required for the completion of this project is gratefully appreciated, this extends to the ICA team, Buntu, Laura, Amo, Noluthando and ofcourse Jay.
I have always maintained that this is just the start of this project which will be further developed with the help of Ilze Wolff and through the company I co-found with Dr. Erica de Greef, the African Fashion Research Institute (AFRI). This day will surely come.
We look forward to further engagements.
Keep safe and all the best to you and your families,
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The Cutting Room Project
The Cutting Room Project aims to respond to Ilze Wolff’s book titled, ‘Unstitching Rex Trueform’ in which she analyses the impact on class, race and gender via the modernist architecture of the Rex Trueform garment manufacturing factory in Salt River, Cape Town. This interactive storyboard explores how both in its design and cultural symbolism, ‘the three- piece suit’ addresses many of the same entanglements that Wolff’s research identified in the construction of the Rex Trueform building.
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