Yep. Yes you read that correctly.I had an incredible week of inspiration, attending the Design Indaba Young Designer's Simulcast,where they stream the live speakers in the main auditorium and it is 3 days of pure awesomeness. I left each day feeling completely exhausted but buzzed with all the amazing presentations. Truly fascinating people spoke, and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. To be honest, it was much needed as I have been feeling rather creatively flat of late.
Anywho, I digress. My absolute type-design-hero, Jessica Hische spoke with fellow epic designer, Marian Bantjes on day 3. Having planned to rush upstairs in a nerdy attempt to meet her, I lost my nerve and carried on with the day, eating lunch, wandering around the always wonderful Design Indaba Expo and listening to other speakers. Come 4pm, I went on a hunt for food. Like a starved panda searching for bamboo I rushed into the expo with only 15 minutes until the next speaker. The juice bar was closed for no apparent reason so I headed for where I thought the Woolies food stand was.. When I passed a girl with an American accent, I didn't think twice about it... until I looked down and saw them... the cat tights! When she had started her talk, she had joked that she was "basically wearing the internet". In a true design nerd moment I scrambled around in my DI free issue backpack, and pulled out my Moleskine and a marker. Walking up to the two ladies, I sheepishly asked JH to sign my book. Instead, she did this:
So. Awesome? And a kitty!? A girl after my own heart. I cannot fully express how incredible this moment was for me. She was so friendly and easy to chat to. I went from fan to Superfan in a day :) Hence the thanks to my dear, predictably grumbly belly. It's not every day that your favourite designer comes all the way to Cape Town. *Happy Stace*
I'm going to end with some of her gorgeous work. She spoke about obsession being crucial for success. Her amazing work didn't come from no-where... this chick has put in the time and effort. Inspiring indeed.
All images from her site: jessicahische.is/awesome