While social media has its pitfalls, visual channels such as Instagram have become somewhat of an inspiring platform for creatives. Here are a few of our favourite local inspirational Igers whose fabulous feeds will keep your creative juices flowing.
Whoever said the best things come in small packages, must’ve had Lorraine Loots’s whimsical works in mind. She is best known for her miniature paintings, which range from anything from sneakers and dogs to pizza and flowers. Two of her favourite colours to paint in are crimson and ochre, and we can see why. Lorraine has over 270 000 Instagram followers and her decidedly quirky bio reads: “I make paintings for ants” – don’t you just love her already?
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South African-based fashion director Chu Suwannapha is a colourful character of note. He has the ability to seamlessly fuse bold prints with pops of bright hues, which makes him stand out like a sore thumb – and his Instagram feed reflects his bold character. For those not confident about colour, he recommends wearing tone on tone. “For example, shades of blue from head to toe,” he says.
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Heather Moore of Cape Town-based design company Skinny Laminx is another Iger you need to be following. If Japanese-crazed pattern and colour and African chic textiles are up your alley, that is. On her Instagram feed you’ll find an overdose of beautiful things including behind-the-scenes snaps.
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With over 100 000 Instagram followers, origami artist Ross Symons is proof that you can turn your passion – however unambitious it may seem – into a full-time business. For Ross, this passion is folding (and folding and folding) paper. Visit his Instagram feed for striking origami (he can turn paper into virtually anything, from dragonflies to giraffes.) Like magic.
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Photograper/designer/embroiderer a.k.a jack-of-all-trades Danielle Clough’s Instagram feed is a sight for sore eyes. Danielle is best known for her extraordinary collection of fibre art. One of her many works featured on Instagram is of a girl’s face embroided on a racket in vivid hues, captioned: “Scene girl, lost in thought. She was as much a part of the view as she was admiring it”. And her credentials speak for themselves – she was named one of the top 100 young creatives by Superbalist in 2015 and one of Design Indaba’s 2016 Emerging Creatives.
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Co-editor of thatskattie.com, Malibongwe Tyilo is an award-winning fashion blogger and editor-at-large of VISI magazine, who was also one of the Mail&Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2013. A voracious Instragrammer of beautiful things – be it fashion, art or food, you are sure to find a world of inspiration on Mali’s feed.
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Trendsetting, award-winning fashion editor and stylist Jenny Andrew is another fashionista and active Instagrammer we love. Jenny draws inspiration from everything from art to travel and fashion, obviously. Her best colour advice would be to always paint a test patch of your chosen colour on two adjacent walls. “The light changes your perception of the hues,” she says.
Laduma ‘elamaMpondo’ Ngxokolo
South African textile and knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo is renowned for his men’s knitwear range, which draws inspiration from traditional Xhosa beadwork. His collection features bright hues and beautiful patterns. Visit his feed and feast your eyes on his range of gorgeous knitwear.
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P.S. Don’t forget to follow @plasconspaces on Instagram to fill your feed with endless colour and inspiration.Tags: creatives, South African Instagrammers