Monthly Archives: April 2020

Are you Free or are you Dom?

Freedom, the word has taken on new meaning amidst the pandemic currently taking away our choices of free movement.

Right now we may feel frustrated, confused, depressed and a zillion other emotions all because our freedom was taken away from us.

Each day that passes feels like the previous, some of us may not be working during this time so we needing to find alternative ways to keep us busy.

Everytime we switch on the television or the radio we are anxious as the stats are read out or a new development is relayed to the people.

DOM – yes the pandemic has taken away our freedom but if we do not heed the call and adhere to the various measures put in place for our safety, WE ARE DOM!

ARE YOU FREE OR ARE YOU DOM?

As we celebrate Freedom Day in South Africa, 26 years commemorating those that fought for the freedom we enjoy today let us fight in a different way this year. Lets fight the urge to break the rules and adhere to the measures put in place because together just like the freedom fighters of old we can regain our FREEDOM and enjoy the life we use to.

O. R. Tambo

This quote is an extract from letters sent by Oliver Tambo to E. S. Reddy between 1964 and 1969. Reddy released the letters to the public in 1995.

“The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest.”

Come Alive and Be Revived

The world is dealing with a new normal, as most of us are in lockdown, there is uncertainty and confusion but there is also HOPE, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!!!!!

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

Moravian logo

As I write this post I am proud to be a Moravian, our church is based on a rich history and traditions that are instilled in us from a young age. There may be challenges in terms of generational gaps but during this pandemic we have learned to overcome and empower ourselves in different ways through the Glory of our Creator. The Lockdown has provided us with a different way to worship and a group of young Moravians have taken the time and effort to bring the Church to our homes.

MYN Logo- updated

The Moravian Youth Network (MYN) is a space where all can connect and have fellowship through the online space provided. I am excited for the Sunday service videos as you feel the spirit, they capture every element of our beloved Moravian Church so beautifully. Song, Prayer, The Daily Watchword, The Sermon and also a bietjie van ‘n skud yip the gees is brought in many different ways. I enjoy the way many different individuals are involved in bringing a piece of their talents into each video, we are a widespread community and everyone has something to offer, I thank this team for their encouragement for young and old to add to growth of this platform.

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/MoravianCTSDY/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEZmCQmBkyE

I wrote a post earlier in the year highlighting The Moravian Theme for the year from the scripture reading Mark 9:24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

The devil is a liar…

I think what we are going through is a test, a test of faith, a test of belief and as the boys father exclaimed so we must EXCLAIM!! “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

The changes that are occurring within our church through the use of technology is amazing, it not only brings more involvement from young people, which has always been an issue we have been working to overcome but it also adds another dimension to the way the older generation are embracing this change.

I started off this post saying that the world is dealing with a new normal, yes we are and I believe that as we embrace this new normal and we come out of this lockdown period we will continue to use these platforms to connect and interact to broaden our spectrum and grow in different aspects of our spirituality.

Moravian Church

Mission

We, as Moravians, commit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ as we strive to renew our spirituality, affirm our unity, and improve our stewardship.

https://www.moravianchurch.co.za/about-moravian-church/

Skin Deep

Lockdown but not locked out of reality….todays feature is another interview, this time I delve skin deep into the mind of a tattoo artist…Jean-Paul Gray – artist, ink-morphing, creative mind – owner of Grays Ink based in Kensington, Cape Town.

Getting inked is a personal decision and almost always has a story to it, trusting the artist is one of the main elements that is why I decided to give you a little glimpse into the workings of Jean-Paul Gray.

  • How long have you been in the tattoo industry?

I’ve been in the Industry for 5 years, this year.

  • What made you decide to venture into this industry?

Art always use to be my thing, graffiti, painting, sketching and tattoos always interested me, since high school. So doing tattoos was like taking it to the next level and it stuck, it was no longer an interest, it became something I love to do.

  • What was your best piece and why?

The half lion, half eagle. I don’t have a best, I do have ones that I enjoy doing, like that one for example, took me about 30 – 45 mins but I enjoyed the session. Plus it looks cool.

  • If you could tattoo a celebrity who would it be and why? If they gave you free reign what would you tattoo on them?

I already did a tattoo on one of my favorite singers, from cape town. Her name is Crushanda Forbes, she was one of the Top 3 Idols SA finalists, I was so excited, because I’m a huge fan and I told her I was, she said, we friends now. I was like a little girl, (giggle). I didn’t ask her to pay, I did it cos I wanted too but she sang for me and I didn’t know how to handle myself – it was a great day! If she gave me free reign, I would do a lady portrait with some flowers, because it looks cool, (laughing), no actual reason, it just looks cool!

There you have it, a little insight into the mind of a local talent. If you are not afraid of a little sting check out his social media pages for updates and prices.

Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/GraysInk/

Instagram – https://instagram.com/grays_ink

If you are interested in purchasing a digital voucher they are available and can be used once the lockdown is lifted. Let’s support our people, a little goes a long way.

Stay Safe.

Let it Bloom!!

Song of Songs 2:12
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land

I decided, seeing that we are in lockdown why not add a local feature giving you a glimpse into the wonderful world of Fashion….once we get through this period and can leave our homes to smell the roses again, you are going to need something to wear right???

Nicole Reynolds has the magical touch to make you bloom on your wedding day and become the queen that you are meant to be….or spice up that date night with something spectacular to put that twinkle in your partners eye.

Nicole took the time out of her busy schedule to answer a couple of questions and share some of her experiences as motivation and encouragement to follow your dreams.

1. What made you decide to venture into this industry?

I’m one of those people who believe that some people are born to do certain things, be part of certain industries. For me, im the 3rd generation in my family to work in fashion. In other words, all of what I do came naturally from when I was a very little girl. By the age of 8, I knew fashion was what I would do in life. I knew because when working with fabric or making a garment or doing a design, I felt completely who I was supposed to be, at peace, no struggle or inner conflict, just complete joy and content. I still feel that way no matter what I’m making.

Undoubtedly one of my most daring bridal pieces, created for the stunning Candice Prinsloo for her big day. Candice chose this sexy body contouring mermaid piece with an Italian Tulle illusion lace bodice. Construction wise it was incredible. 90% of this piece was hand-sewn making it a complete labour of love. The fine detailing and dramatic composition along with the incredible person Candice, created this breath taking visage.

2. Who/What is your inspiration when it comes to fashion?

This is somewhat a loaded question as I’m inspired by various things at different moments. Things that inspire me to dream and create pieces in my mind are work of other designers and not necessarily fashion- at times art, architecture, jewelry etc. Sometimes entire collections, sometimes tiny details like the curve on a staircase or the way artists blend colours into each other. Photography is also a great inspiration at times. I love the female silhouette. I find it beautiful in every way, and I always felt that garment becomes what it should be once a person is inside it, so looking at images of that harmonious pairing, stunning garment brought to life by a beautiful silhouette, it’s very inspiring.
Furthermore… I enjoy garment construction. I love to sew and make patterns myself. It’s calming. But what inspires me to do it is the challenge. The challenge about whether the images in my head can be achieved. The challenge of whether my mathematical angles are correct to produce pieces the way I intend it to be. The challenge is ultimately with myself.

I remember the sound of the glass beads falling to the floor as I cut into this fabric. As well as the late nights I sat handstringing the beaded strands that draped her shoulders. This piece was amazing. It came together over 4 weeks and it brought so much joy to me as the heavy fabric perfectly hugged her body.

3. How do you see the future for yourself in this industry?

I’m blessed enough to be working in both the Creation and Education of fashion. My business will be 7yrs old in June and it started out as a business that only created Bridal and eveningwear. I found a maximum amount of satisfaction while creating those pieces. My business still only caters to that market. I love weddings and luckily I doubt people will ever stop getting married.
I love how bridal and eveningwear is constantly evolving and the challenge keeps changing and the push towards beauty is ongoing.
Which is great for me as a creative and the business.

As for fashion education, I’m a lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The university I attended as well. I found a level of joy in teaching students that I’ve never experienced in any other area in my life. It’s extremely rewarding. Having so many ideas and techniques and personalities in one space is an amazing experience. I hope to do it for many many years to come.

In all my years I didn’t think I would find it within myself to create menswear. Needless to say, I even surprised myself. This piece was created for the handsomely fabulous Sebastian Newman who knew exactly what he wanted when it came to a double breasted suit with fitted trouser and pewter button details. I loved how he brought it to life the second he put it on. He and the suit were an harmonious sight to behold.

There you have it, if there is one word to describe Nicole and her amazing work it would be “PERFECTION”…each piece is unique and she takes every effort, working tirelessly to make you look fabulous.

You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.

Oprah Winfrey


For more of her creations follow her Facebook Page – https://m.facebook.com/NicoleReynPieces/?ref=bookmarks