Multi-talented artist, Akanyang Doris Ntshingane believes that interior designers and architects could achieve so much more if they collaborated with artists.
A self- taught artist, Ntshingane has just broken boundaries, designing a woven ceiling using just canvass sack, the first of its kind.
The approximately 400sq metre ceiling was specially designed for the University of Botswana (UB) Hotel and Conference Centre’s Sefalana Centre and was just completed two weeks back, after close to six months of laborious months.
The preparations work, she said started with hand work in July 2015.
“It wasn’t as easy as I had imagined, there was a lot of work to be done as I had to cut, press and weave the sack which was over 3 metres,”shared the innovative Ntshingane and added that,” the client wanted something that would resemble a woven basket, or depict it, I then made a sample using the sack and I showed it to them, immediately they were sold, and they approved it.”
The innovative Ntshingane, who confessed that she derives joy from trying out new things with her visual art told WeekendLife that although she can do wood work, paintings, drawings and installation, weaving is her all-time favorite thing to do, “it has so many styles and I can achieve so much through it.” The craft was taught to her once and she concedes that she has taken it to a whole new level by weaving a ceiling.
Before she was asked to design the ceiling, Ntshingane shared how she knocked, as an artist at the doors of the university’s administration block, with hopes of one day seeing her art pieces decorating the Vice-Chancellor’s office. She was initially sent from pillar to post, following the trail with hope that her art will catch someone’s eye in the many university offices she was sent to. She would eventually end up at the Hotel and Conference centre, where she was told that while they were not looking to buy any art, they were looking for someone to design a ceiling for a conference centre at the newly constructed Conference Centre.
She said that the sack appeals to her because it has been part of the traditional Setswana lifestyle and she got attached to it from her childhood days where she grew up seeing it used to store Sorghum and sometimes as a mat.
“I love textures, and the sack has a nice feel to it when touched. Its earthly tone also appeals to me,” she said.
She however has not placed herself in a box as she has so many other ideas she want to explore, “to design ceilings and work with spaces and walls in the house. I value the challenge and want to venture into bigger works. If I can go from making a corsage to a ceiling I can do anything else.”
Her motto in life, as a born again Christian is that “Anything is possible”. She believes she can create anything through her art, and calls for architects and interior designers to consider partnering with various artists because they “have a lot to offer” and “there are a lot of discoveries to be made”.
A former Secretary, Ntshingane has no regrets about quitting her day job after she discovered her talent in 2008. While she maintains that living off the arts isn’t an easy path, she however concedes that there is great potential for anyone to sustain themselves through art.
While she maintains that Batswana may not be supportive enough by buying from artists, she encouraged that art pieces, though expensive should be treated as an investment.
In the last two years, according to the Thapong Visual Arts Centre based artist, Batswana have become more appreciative of local art and are buying from them.
“Private companies and organisations should be sensitized to support local artists. The government is doing its part and has done a lot for many Batswana artists, it should be the government’s responsibility alone,” asserted the bubbly Nchingane.
She believes there is need for organisations to invest in their industry as future generations too would want to go in the arts and will need to be supported.
Â There is an intimate relationship between material wealth and poverty of spirit, posits Jeff Golden, whose award-winning book, Reclaiming the Sacred: Healing Our Relationships with Ourselves and the World, begins with scientific revelations regarding the things that nourish the human spirit and the things that donât, most notably money and possessions.
âAs weâve surrounded ourselves with more and more possessions, weâve grown further from the sacredness of the world, and the sacredness of ourselves,â Golden writes. âAs weâve elevated economic growth and consumption to the highest measures of success and purpose, weâve closed ourselves off from so much of the joy and wonder that are inherent in us and the world.â
The result of 12 years of research, Reclaiming the Sacred draws upon the work of thousands of psychologists and economists, cosmologists and activists, saints and poets, to ground readers in their inherent joy, purpose and belonging â both for their own sakes and for the sake of the world.
Golden explores the profound consequences of materialism, including how it impacts the global climate crisis. Then he goes beyond all of that, diving into the very heart of humanityâs existence, by charting a path â both scientific and mystical â for reclaiming the inherent joy and richness of life.
Money accounts for just 2-4% of our happiness, according to former Vassar College instructor and activist Jeff Golden. What about the remaining 96-98%? Jeffâs thoroughly researched insights provide the answers, and he shares them in his new book, Reclaiming the Sacred, which received the 2023 Nautilus Book Awards Grand Prize, putting him in the company of the Dalai Lama, Barbara Kingsolver, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and other luminaries.
Reclaiming the Sacred explores profound questions, including:
How important is money to happiness?
What is the optimal amount of money and possessions for a person to be happy?
Does having kids make people happy? Getting married? Having sex? Working?
What are some of the most serious effects of global warming?
What kinds of changes will people have to make as individuals and as a society as a result of global warming? How will those changes allow people to actually live better lives?
What does the economic system get wrong when it comes to what really matters, and how should progress be measured?
Ultimately, Reclaiming the Sacred takes readers on a journey that follows the golden threads of happiness, abundance and belonging â and leads them home.
âWe have an opportunity to reweave ourselves back into theÂ human community and the family of all living beings, the family of the land and trees, the otters and grasses â to live with them in relationships of respect and wonder,â Golden adds. âWe have an opportunity to reclaim ourselves and this world as sacred.â
About the Author
Jeff Golden has been teaching and writing about the topics he covers in his book for over 30 years, most recently at Vassar College. He was a Fulbright Scholar in sustainable development and a recipient of the State Departmentâs Millennium International Volunteer Award. He is a prison reform and animal rights activist, and has headed several nonprofits promoting social justice, sustainability and international education. A native of Idaho, he resides in the Mohicanituk Valley in New York, with his children, the river and the stars.
The best sex of sexually active persons begins in Spring. Well, this season is time to pack up puffer coats and throw on some lacy lingerie, just so the bedroom is lightened up and the sex gets spicier. For singles, and just in case the libido has been hibernating all winter, it has now become crucial to bring in some heat.
Sexologists and therapists say better sex means different things to different people and it can mean changing many things over time, but one thingâs for sure, to improve sex life in any way, one got to be ready for change.
Certified Sex Therapist Kendra Capalbo suggests that lovers should make most of the weather. âStudies have shown the positive correlation between sunlight and mood, and now that there is more of it, harness the impact it can have on the mood of your relationship. One study from Tel Aviv University showed that increased exposure to sunlight can enhance romantic passion.â
Moving around outside wonât only improve your mood and possible mental approach to sex though, Clinical Sexologist Megwyn White says. âIt has physical benefits too. It increases libido by releasing endorphins and improving self-confidence, and it brings more blood flow to the genitals.â
Removing negativity can also work this Spring. Think of the warm weather as a time in which to reset your mindset as well, especially when it comes to your time in the bedroom (or in this case the camping tent.)
âNo more negative self-talk or other peopleâs opinions holding you back. If there is that one fantasy that you and your partner keep agreeing, then make it your mission to finally check it off your bucket list. Spring is all about adventure, so it is time to embrace it.â
Therapists also say that something about Spring makes people want to strip down. Plus, the mild forecast does wonders for your skin and hair, and you can see your legs again. The season allows sex enthusiasts to engage with windows open. Think of it as exhibitionism without the threat of jail time.
Its just as sensual as summer, without the sweat. Those summer months get all the sexual glory, but itâs hard to feel hot when youâre actually, legitimately so hot! When the bedroom turns into a sauna mid-hookup, itâs a little hard to get in the mood.
Experts say there are a number of factors that make Spring sensual. âThe weather is the catalyst. Ever since the spring equinox, the days have been getting longer. More exposure to sunlight increases our production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that boots mood. And happy people tend to be horny people,â said Danielle Forshee, a psychologist, family, marriage and individual therapist.
Having started her business in 2016, Forshee specializes in the evaluation and treatment of high-conflict family problems, high-risk behaviors, and psychological disorders within and outside of the family court system.
She also said that the pleasant weather also urges sex lovers outdoors, where theyâre likely to socialize and meet potential new partners. âIt encourages us to shed some of the bulky layers weâve been wearing all winter too. People are coming out of hibernation, and theyâre swapping out their sweats and comfy clothes for more, shall we say, âscantily cladâ options.â
âThey are exposing more body parts. As humans we notice those things, and it makes us more apt to go into mating mode.â
Whether you are looking for a casual hookup or you just want to get more loving from your partner, Spring will boost your desire. According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, animal mating habits are directly correlated to the changing of the seasons.
âWeâre attuned to our biological clocks. Our bodies know that offspring survival rates soar when the weather is warmer; food is plentiful, climate is temperate and no one will freeze to death. Therefore, when Spring hits and warm weather abounds, our biological mating siren is ticked off.â
Now, while there is conflicting discourse on whether Spring fever is an actual illness, most scientists agree that there are documented psychological changes associated with the change in season.
âSpring fever is not a definitive diagnostic category. But I would say it begins as a rapid and yet unpredictable fluctuating mood and energy state that contrasts with the relative low winter months that precede it,â said Michael Terman, Director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University Medical Center.
The countryâs Afrocentric and most popular youth fashion brand, Glotto, continues to dominate the fashion industry and shape fashion trends. It is reaching heights and staying relevant in a fast-paced and ever-changing landscape. Without doubt, the youthful fashion brand has revolutionized the fashion and lifestyle industry in Botswana.
Not only that, its iconic logo and tagline have become synonymous with style and sophistication, and Glottoâs influence extends far beyond the world of fashion. Haute couture, elegant designs and ready to wear is what Glotto has to offer.
New York Fashion Week (NYFW), a semi-annual series of events in Manhattan typically spanning seven to nine days when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and fashion enthusiasts is coming up, and Glotto has been invited to showcase at the same top fashion event.
This is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the âBig Fourâ, along with those in Paris, London and Milan. This yearâs NYFW schedule includes a range of runway shows and presentations for both menâs and womenâs clothing lines.
Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, The Blonds, Proenza Schouler and Carolina Herrera will be showcasing their upcoming collections in a variety of different formats ranging from traditional runway shows to virtual showrooms and digital activations.
NYFW organizers say every great designer began as an âunknownâ, so in addition to some of fashionâs most storied names, their schedule includes independent and emerging designers, many making their appearance on the runway for the first time.
âThis is where NYFW becomes a true journey of discovery, the perfect opportunity to discover emerging designers who are pushing the boundaries of fashion and style. Some are new, and others are successful designers in their home country making an appearance at NYFW for the first time.â
Talking about making an appearance at the NYFW, WeekendLife had a conversation with the creative behind Glotto, Mboko Basiami this week, who unpacked how she was invited to showcase in New York and how things are unfolding.
When speaking to this publication, Basiami said a series of invitations were sent via email and social media, inviting her to be a part of the fashion week, something that she wouldnât trade for anything.
She expanded a bit on collections that she will be showcasing, saying âItâs a seven-look collection and this is our first time participating in the NYFW. Glotto was founded seven years ago and everything is going to come altogether and of course, our attention to detail and texture and a lot of storytelling is what fashion lovers should expect.â
Quizzed if this is a self-sponsored trip to New York, Basiami stressed that in the business of fashion, one canât expect to have talented runway models, hair, makeup and two assistants sponsored, therefore the trip will be taking money from her pockets. âIt is heavily subsidized but there is still a 7000 US Dollar bill to it.â
Networking, global reach and exposure is what is motivating Glotto to go and shine in Manhattan. This is predominantly because New York Fashion Week has been there for so many years, having established itself as the most reputable fashion week in the whole world.
There is the media, right buyers, great location, investors and scholarships. âIt will also allow me to compare the quality of my garments with that of designers all over the world. This adds on our unique product offering and what makes Glotto competitive, something that we have been striving for even though we are a local brand.
In preparing for this phenomenal opportunity, a lot needs to be done and thus far, everything is on track. According to Basiami, âIâm trying to balance not worrying about the business and accounts side of things, but rather about the looks and integrity of garments and fashion sustainability. We have reached out corporates who are willing to support us on the journey, the moral support is beautiful and heartwarming.
Meanwhile, Glotto recently showcased at the US-Africa Business Summit in Gaborone. The fashion brand hosted President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who was introduced to ready to wear collections and Glotto live mannequins.