Dr. Lee Swales

Fri 18 June

Dr. Lee Swales is a consultant attorney at Thomson Wilks, and senior law lecturer at the School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (summa cum laude), a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Cape Town. With a focus and background in technology, Lee specialises in all aspects of intellectual property, data protection and cyber-crime, and generally speaking, provides advice on all forms of contract and regulatory compliance. Swales’ workshop will focus on the fundamentals of starting a new business (whether it be a sole prop or a registered business). Topics of discussion include; contracts, intellectual property, the consumer protection act and advice on business registration.

Zwelisha Giampietri

Thurs 17 June

MANIFEST YOUR MAGIC: Communicating a Fashion Brand with Zwelisha Giampietri. A look at how to present your fashion brand to the world using visual communication and design. We will workshop how to develop and plan a photoshoot for your group collection.

Cashandra Willemse

Tues 15 June

It’s all about you, the brand. Individual consults with Stellenbosch Academy Head of Graphic Design, Cashandra Willemse. One-on-ones.

Fathima Kathrada

Tues 15 June

A discussion on hand lettering, imposter syndrome and putting yourself out there.

Kile Edwards

Mon 14 Jun

Photoshop tutorial and touch ups with professional Kile Edwards. “My favourite image is the next image I am going to create. Having studied photography to follow my passion I landed a full time job as a retoucher. I have been retouching full time for the past 6 years and I have fallen in love with the artform. I am the guy in the background who makes the photographer’s dreams come true.”

Creative Exchange

Fri 11 June

A creative exchange between Durban and Stellenbosch within the frame-work of creative networking and collaboration in South and southern Africa. An exploration of the creative connections, exchanges, collaborations and points of difference between Durban and Stellenbosch via a journey that will bring the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography Honours students to Durban for creative interactions with Durban based creatives, such as ARTLAB’s photographers, graphic designers and fashion designers.

Fezile Mdletshe

Thurs 10 June

MANIFEST YOUR MAGIC: Communicating a Fashion Brand with Zwelisha Giampietri. A look at how to present your fashion brand to the world using visual communication and design.

Lindiwe Gugushe

Tues 8 June

In this workshop, Gugushe will be exploring the principles of design thinking and the importance of applying these principles to create spaces, products and design work that is true to African experiences. Designers need to familiarise themselves with other design disciplines because design is one huge formula to problem solving.

The Messy Evolution of the Durban Creative

Fri 4 June

Crafting a career as a creative in Durban requires tenacity and adaptability, as Russel Hlongwane and Bob Perfect know all too well. In this panel discussion, Russel and Bob take a look back at their evolutions through Durban’s creative scene and how they’ve adapted to an often hostile environment. Both Russel and Bob have taken unique paths that occasionally intersect. By dissecting their different approaches, you should walk away with a few ideas on how to navigate the Durban creative scene for yourself.

Coach Scelo Mentor

Thurs 3 June

An engaging conversation on the importance of taking the responsibility of keeping yourself motivated as an entrepreneur. Coach Scelo Buthelezi is an independent business coach and business skills facilitator working in marginalised communities using self development tools to coach and develop startup entrepreneurs in various stages of their business growth.


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OPEN PLAN STUDIO. Design Factory, 4Th Floor, 39 Station Dr, Morningside, Durban, 4001

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