Spamandla Mdunyelwa, a passionate self-taught surface pattern designer.
In 2018, she took part and became one of the Top 10 finalists in the Nando's Hot Young Pattern Designer Competition, gaining recognition and earning a spot as a Design Maker on the Nando's Portal to Africa, available to international designers to purchase her patterns for use in Nando's restaurants across the globe.
Six years of learning and unlearning in the pattern / textile industry has brought ineffable joy and inspiration for Spamandla.
Inspiration behind - ISAZISI (Identity)
‘My designs embody a deep yearning for cultural connection, stemming from my desire to embrace my heritage. Seasonal gatherings during December holidays in rural areas, left me craving a stronger bond.
Inspired by the nostalgic melodies and captivating dances of my culture, isiXhosa, I embark on a journey to continuously design patterns that weave together fragments of my identity. My artwork, characterized by repeating lines and circles reminiscent of Xhosa attire and ancestral facial art (dot work), reflects unity. The designs bridge my urban life with the traditions of my tribe, creating a bond where I find belonging while honoring the legacy of my people.’