GQ SOUTH AFRICA - 2014 - YOUNG INNOVATORS - JASON BASSON
Lesiba Mabitsela is an up and coming designer, artist and business entrepreneur whose work spans over several platforms, including, but not limited to garment design. His current range is a unisex capsule collection. Most of his recent efforts have been focused on participating in exhibitions, including that of renowned artist Khanyisile Mbongwa whose exhibit, ‘Demonstrations – Being Black’ was held at the Brundyn+Gonsalves gallery with further site specific performances at satellite locations in Gugulethu. His contribution to this body of work came in the form of garments he constructed using PEP store storm blankets. Performers wore these at both gallery and off-site locations.
In April of this year he was accepted to take part in the Design Indaba. He was one of eight winners of the Samsung Inspire Design competition and is also one of fifteen artists that will be taking part in OPENLab2014: THE ART OF BEING PUBLIC, which is a residency program taking part at this years Vryfees Festival. Not only is he a wildly promising youth, but an exciting new addition to the growing conversation on fashion and garment construction (or deconstruction) as a medium for artistic expression, championed by the likes of several local artists and designers alike, including Mary Sabande, Roman Handt, Barend De Wet and Tzvi Karp, among others. We expect big things from Lesiba.