COP17: KUSHIKISHA UFUDU/BUSY TORTOISE
The Busy Tortoise project in partnership with Africa !gnite – a durban based NGO - rolled out as a real-time creative workshop on the Durban beachfront and involved contemporary designer Heath Nash working and collaborating with master-crafters and artisans from Kwa-Zulu Natal in the development of structures, devices and objects of wonder made from recycled and waste materials. The participating craftspeople and artisans were: Phumaphi Myende, Betina Khumalo, Khanyiswe Hlabisa, Simanga Madlala, Fanile Maphumulo, Fikile Biyela, Victor, Lindelani, Wendy Chatterton and Tawanda Dengedza.
The workshop process focused on understanding design principles, the fusion of innovation in the use of materials with practical and functional considerations, and the integration of traditional techniques and contemporary practice. The workshop ran through the duration of the COP17 conference, with the results being presented on the beachfront, before finding a home at the Blue Lagoon Green Hub, inspiring delegates and the public alike to re-imagine their relationship with the things that we throw away.