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.
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