Date:08 March 2020 - By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona
"I started art because I love doing it. I express my feelings and thoughts through it, even though I spend most of my time on it instead of focusing on my schoolwork."
These are the words of Phathutshedzo Vele, a local artist from Muledane Block J, whose work speaks volumes. "Art means a lot to me. I believe that it will take me far, even across the country because I have a vision and my dreams are big," he said.
The 22-year-old drew inspiration from his brother. "My big brother used to draw cars and cartoons, and he was way better than me, but it inspired me to try more because he used to laugh at my drawings and told me to keep trying. I was inspired to paint on clothes and shoes by a company called Angelus Direct. I saw their paintings on Instagram, and I used to try what they do until I came up with my own ideas," he said.
His art became evident at a young age. "I knew I was good in art when I was doing Grade 1, because we used to draw animals as homework and mine would be the best out of all, but that time it was only on paper. I started painting on clothes around 2017," he said. He customises T-shirts, jeans, denim jackets, caps and sneakers under the brand called Dirty Sauce, which he started in 2017 with a friend.
His dream is to work with multinational corporations of clothing manufacturers. "I want to see myself working with bigger brands like Nike and Adidas just to mention a few and get sponsorships and endorsement deals. When I get enough money, I want to open my own store, so that everyone can have access to my merchandise," he said.
"I want to show people that God's gift can take you somewhere in life. I want to have my own store and create job opportunities for the disadvantaged youth," he said. He can be reached on 060 654 8398.
Phathutshedzo Vele. Photo supplied.
By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona
The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.