In 2011 the designer revisited her home country of South Africa and connected with CAST (The Church Alliance for Social Transformation) a social upliftment initiative run in partnership with community churches and schools. Their purpose: “Mobilizing and aligning local churches to reach out with practical compassion, to empower and transform lost and hurting communities.”The designer provided free drawing workshops to a group of people from KwaDabeka Township and collaboratively developed a selection of imagery for print. Upon her return to Canada the designer produced and printed a collection of African inspired textiles. This fairtrade opportunity not only paid the collaborating artists for the use of their imagery, it also benefited the group which receives a percentage of sales for items using the printed fabrics/imagery from this collaboration.
We plan to build on this experience and develop further special projects that support sustainable small business development opportunities within marginalized populations through art + design.