Thembisa's Very Own: Original Parts Fashion Crew

Tinashe Venge

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Hailing from Thembisa, The Original Parts Vintage Collective are making waves in and around their community as people clamor to visit their shop and attend their theatre events. Live Magazine SA had the opportunity to interview three of the members of the collective, ahead of their appearance at Live Magazine’s Creative Networking Session. We spoke […]

Hailing from Thembisa, The Original Parts Vintage Collective are making waves in and around their community as people clamor to visit their shop and attend their theatre events. Live Magazine SA had the opportunity to interview three of the members of the collective, ahead of their appearance at Live Magazine’s Creative Networking Session. We spoke to founder Lindiwe Ntikinca, theatrical influence Vuyo Magodla and DJ/sound guy Kane Sithole.

Original Parts was born out of Lindiwe’s expressive and flamboyant background, she has always had strong ties with theatre, dance and art, as a whole. They describe themselves as a collective in every sense of the word. Original Parts is an ensemble of like-minded individuals, with many different backgrounds and talents. From DJs, to theatrical dancers and web developers, they manage to not only to combine their respective talents, but use them to complement one another. The end result is something that none of them could have expected.

Their work goes further than exhibiting their own abilities, which are profound in themselves, but they aim to make a positive contribution to their communities in the process. They hold writing, poetry and art workshops for people to come and learn, and it constantly surprises them just how far their reach extends.

Vuyo comments:

“the workshops draw people even outside our community. There’s a huge variety, in fact the other time there was even a few older people in there! So to see our workshops crossing generations is so rewarding.”

Original Parts is well on its way to becoming one of Gauteng’s most recognizable collectives, but the crew are ever-determined to take it to even greater heights. The next big hurdle is sponsorship.

As Lindiwe mentions:

“sometimes we have to charge entrance fees to our events. It’s not fair that we get artists to exhibit their work, but expect them to do it for free. The entrance fee helps compensate them, but sponsorship would really help and we’re working on it.”

With the amount of brands and companies that love to associate themselves with community initiatives, one would imagine that it shouldn’t be too long before the team can land a sponsorship deal that will help take their work even further.

When asked where they would like to see the collective in two years time, they all agreed that they would like to improve their technical infrastructure to further complement the work they are doing, and to help them develop as a team.

You can catch Original Parts at the Live Magazine SA Creative Networking Session on Thursday 30 May 2013 at the Alex Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

You can also get in touch with them by following on Facebook (Original Parts Vintage Store) and Twitter (@OriginalPartsSA)

Live Magazine SA Creative Networking Sessions are supported by the British Council .

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