Young Pretoria Designer Scoops Top Prize in Trenery Print Competition
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The winner of the Trenery 2020 Print Competition was announced this month, with Pretoria designer Glorinah Khutso Mabaso taking the top prize.

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Mabaso’s striking fabric design will feature internationally in Trenery’s February 2021 collection, and she will also travel to France to attend a two-week design course at the Paris College of Art. The competition is in line with Trenery’s commitment to supporting aspiring talent in the South African art and design community.

Trenery’s Australian team was so impressed with the breadth of design talent that they selected two runner-up designs – by Primrose Charmz, 29, and Agrippa Hlophe, 31 – to also appear in Trenery’s February range.

“The entries surpassed our wildest imaginations. There was an interesting variety of submissions to choose from, but the eventual winners were chosen for their standout designs that also fulfilled the brief. Glorinah’s winning print is bold and eye-catching yet stays true to Trenery’s ethos of timeless, modern simplicity.”

– Senior Textile Designer Bree Dhaliwal

The competition was open exclusively to emerging local designers, who were tasked with creating a unique print with a distinct, modern South African interpretation of a sophisticated summer traveler. More than 400 entries were judged by an expert panel that included Visi Editor Steve Smith, CEO of the Norval Foundation Elana Brundyn, and the Australia-based Trenery design team.

“It was important to us that the winning designers had a meaningful experience. As part of their prize, they worked closely with the Australian team to learn the step-by-step process involved in transitioning their designs into screen or digitally printed fabric, and finally into pieces for the Autumn/Winter 2021 collection.”

– Elouise Brink, Trenery’s Senior Marketing Manager in South Africa

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Mabaso’s winning print, Rain Maker’, was inspired by the first Rain Queen, Maselekwane Modjadji, of the Balobedu people from Limpopo.

“I have always loved history and ancient civilisations. As the only female ruler in the region from 1800-1854, Maselekwane Modjadji was a respected leader in an era when women were not given leadership positions in society. Trenery gave me an incredible platform to represent and visually re-awaken the heritage of these people.”

– Glorinah Khutso Mabaso

With that, make sure to check out and shop the Trenery Print Competition design capsule in store and online from 1 February 2021.

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