EXCITING VENTURES FOR DURBAN ARTIST
*Caption: Sinomonde Ngwane’s book ‘Reasons to Smile’
Written by: Xolisani Khumalo
It’s been an exciting year for Sinomonde Ngwane, whose brand is growing quite rapidly as blogs and magazines feature her work. If you haven’t heard about her yet don’t worry we’ve got you covered.
Sinomonde Ngwane is a Durban-based art illustrator, graphic designer and blogger – who is renowned for her recent book Reasons To Smile to which she says was inspired by the urge to remind people of reasons to smile when they having a bad day or just need to relieve stress.
Ngwane’s Reasons To Smile is an adult colouring book, which she worked on with an illustrator from England, Jodie Goolding. The idea of the book was birthed after Ngwane and Goolding saw how much time technology takes away from one’s personal time.
“The colouring book’s main purpose is to relieve anxiety and also a way for people to unlock their inner creativity. The reason that we decided to do a colouring book is because we thought that we should do something to help people with anxiety and also to create something that can help one take a break from technology and taking a break away from that can be a huge stress reliever,” explained Ngwane.
Ngwane went to Durban Girls High School and she is currently doing her final year in graphic design at the Durban University of Technology. She tells her inspiration to come from the likes of Lady Skollie and Maria Magdalena who have both been recognised by design Indaba.
She says the two artists pay attention to detail and their commentary on social issues inspires her.
“In terms of my line work I look up to an artist whose name is Maria Magdalena van Wyk – I love how she pays attention to detail and the way that she runs her art business. Another artist that I look up to is Laura Windvogel who is known as “Lady Skollie,’ Her art is very powerful in a sense that it makes commentary on social issues that we face everyday,” expressed Ngwane.
She further added that she aspires to get to a level where she could use her art as a tool of protest and means to challenge the status quo.
Ngwane’s Reasons To Smile is not her only recent achievement as Bookdash honoured her last year as an illustrator.
“I was also honoured by being an illustrator at Bookdash last year to illustrate childrens’ books which are published and being read by children all over South Africa and other translated in many other languages and read by children all over the world,” Ngwane said.
“I will be an illustrator again this year in November in Cape Town to illustrate another book with my team,” added Ngwane.
Ngwane shares with us how the journey has not at all been that smooth.
“I still struggle with balancing my studies and my art commitments. Sometimes I have too many commitments and it clashes with my studies, especially because I am doing my final year and I have lots of work to do. But I guess it comes with running a business and being a full time student,” eluded Ngwane.
Art and book lovers can sure look forward to Ngwane’s exciting future endeavours, which include a new book and her collaboration with poets.
“I have a lot in store for the future, I will doing collaborations with a few poets and will have a bigger and better colouring book next year. I also will have merchandise available for purchase in the near future. I will have a line of ceramics as well hopefully and many other exciting projects,” she added.