UMTU JEANES (AFRIKANSWISS) FREE DENIM WORKSHOPGGDA Web Admin
As part of Constitution Hill’s Creative Uprising program, studios have been made accessible for those in the creative economy. After a thorough selection process, 17 tenants have taken up residence in the Transwerke Building. Among these, is Afrikanswiss (aka, Umtu Jeanes), which hosted a free denim workshop on Saturday 22 May 2021, offering four participants an opportunity to learn more about working with denim washing and finishing techniques.
Thato Mafubelu Matabane, the founder of Afrikanswiss started in 2005, by taking old worn-out jeans, deconstructing, and making denim jackets out of them. He would then sell these to his friends and people in his neighbourhood. It is then that he realised he had a talent and passion for denim, and that his pursuit ensued – this is how Afrikanswiss was birthed and came to being.
OUR DENIM WORKSHOPS ARE AIMED AT SHARING BOTH OUR CREATIVE AND BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE WITH ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS AND CREATIVES IN AND AROUND JOHANNESBURG. WE WERE ALSO MENTORED AT SOME POINT IN TIME AND FEEL LIKE IT IS TIME TO GIVE BACK AS BEST AS WE CAN. SAYS MATABANE.
The workshop is open to creatives who are aged 35 and under – participants will be chosen on a first come first serve basis.https://www.constitutionhill.org.za/blog