March 04, 2014
#InstagramDiary: My Design Indaba 2014 Experience
I live and work in Cape Town, a place that inspires me on a daily basis with its beauty. I try and capture its exceptional uniqueness and that of other fabulous cities around the world, as best I can, as often as I can, through one lens or the other. I'm probably addicted to Instagram.
It's fair to say that I'm in search of amazingness wherever I can find it, and find it I shall.
I work as a Publicist in the entertainment industry, and am the founder and owner of DIVA PR (@AllisonFoat on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook / www.capetowndiva.blogspot.com).
My motto: seize the day.
I awoke on Monday morning with a sensory overload hangover and I'm blaming the 2014 Design Indaba Expo, for that, Cape Town's creative piece de resistance! The Indaba was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March, 2014
Every year I look forward to trawling the design bedecked CTICC halls, and am never disappointed by what I discover. Obviously certain things make my heart beat a bit faster than others but generally I am in awe of what people are creating in this superb City I call home - the passion that drives innovation and gives birth to exceptional end products boggles my mind.
It takes boldness and great self-belief to get one's dream to move from being in the idea or vision stage into something tangible and beautiful, and from me, a big round of applause goes to everyone - to the over 450 exhibitors who presented this year.
From clothing, to ceramics, jewellery, furniture, lighting, art, utensils, accessories and all that's in between, the Design Indaba exhibitors served up uber innovation and to have the chance to meet some the designers themselves was the cherry on the top. Cape Town has an inspiring and infectious positive energy - we are rocking with talent. No surprises then that the City holds the World Design Capital for 2014 - their bid theme of 'Live Design. Transform Life' is perfectly followed through at the Indaba.
For those who aren't remotely design-inclined, but are looking to open up to a new dimension of life, Design Indaba is a must-do event. Or if you believe you have design talent, maybe you can become one of their Emerging Creatives...there's a measure of the Creative in everyone, looking to get out. For more info, visit http://www.designindaba.com/profiles/exhibitors/emerging-creatives/2013.
There are so many amazing facets to Design Indaba- it's impossible to mention everything so for more of the what’s what and the who's who, visit www.designindaba.co.za or follow them on Twitter. Kudos to Ravi Naidoo and the team that puts this premier event together - bring on my 2015 Design Indaba thrill!