We had a chance meeting with Buhle on Friday, 9 November at CPUT. Buhle was rather overwhelmed at the news of his artwork being seen by more than 500 people because of our marketing campaign for the book at HECU 9, in Cape Town and HELTASA, in Port Elizabeth.
The creative and vibrant artwork that features on our cover is the work of young, Graphic Designer, Buhle Qabaka an extended curriculum student in the Design Foundation at CPUT. This artwork started in the ECP classroom as a Drawing/Illustration project. Students were required to take ‘funny and expressive’ selfies and then create a pencil drawing. They were then asked to ‘deconstruct’ this drawing and using mixed media give full expression to their creative-self. The end result was this striking, spirited, complex and multilayered creation which so aptly captures the main themes of our book.
Buhle, describes himself as a dedicated student able to harness his creativity in abstract ways, while edging towards the periphery of what is ‘acceptable’ in design. His illustration work also gives expression to his creative and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, where he strives to give the viewer ample opportunities to reinterpret and find their own meaning in his artworks. A humble, calm but persistent person he finds his design and artistic work provides a welcome way for him to give expression of the multiple founts of creativity in his being.
Thanks to the efforts of the very talented and hard working Design teacher-by-day and Graphic Designer-by-night – Amanda Morris – we now have a striking and inviting cover for our book. Thankfully, Amanda was able to patiently deal with heaps of feedback and requests for changes from her task-master (mistress!) ‘client’. We believe the cover design will attract attention on a book shelf, convey authority, visually represent the major themes of our book (the multiplicities of place, time, identity, perspectives and practices) and align it very clearly with our academic readership.
The cover image used in our design has its own fascinating backstory…following soon!