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The Western Cape

Synonymous with a diversity of natural beauty, has an equally rich history of beautiful craft and design.

Our spectacular coastal landscape, the perpetual sounds of the sea, the rush of the wind, the complexity of the city, our diverse heritage and identities, the busy harbour, and the elements of nature – sea, light, animals, shells and fynbos – provides a contemporary living context for MAKE IT NEW, an exhibition showcasing significant objects produced in the Western Cape.

The CCDI exhibition explores relationships and connections across time. This starts with an exploration of how traces of our indigenous pasts and our global connections have shaped innovation and transformation; processes such as communication, the settlements of people, and the legacies of sea travel that marks the Cape as part of a network of ports have formed a locale for making beautiful things. Over 100 images from the Western Cape Museums’ archives and objects from antiquity and tradition are counterpoised with contemporary design objects, linking functionality, material or making methods. From the earliest human settlement, tool creation and body adornment, visitors will move through time to the finely crafted furniture and ceramics, and innovation found in the repurposing of materials.

The exhibition, featuring the work of over 160 designers and craft producers from all over the Western Cape, leads visitors on to a striking showcase of contemporary items, exploring local design sensibility, and through the disruptive layout and product selection it will prompt reflection on the nature of the Western Cape’s current design handwriting and the fusion – or not – of cultures and influences.

This contemporary showcase also explores how the Cape’s creative producers of today demonstrate design thinking, innovation and problem solving in a variety of ways, and how they are re-visiting the long established in a totally new way and making it new.

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Kathrine-Mary PICHULIK interviewed on Expresso for Make It New Exhibition.

“We’re celebrating the talent we have in Cape Town, to not only produce beautiful things, but to ask challenging questions and begin to find interesting solutions. And we are absolutely celebrating the exhibiting cities that help people understand what we mean by design that transforms lives.” 

                                                                           -Alayne Reesberg