Creative arts enthusiast and textile student at the University of Namibia (Unam) Gaboinewe Mpati has made it a life goal to solve climate change problems through arts.
The youngster is currently exhibiting her art work at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) under the theme: ‘UNAM Visual Art Graduates Exhibition 2016’ that will run until 7 December this year.
Her collection consists of colorful textures of clothing that have been patched together to bring together a rainbow of fabrics.
In an interview with The Villager, she said “the textile and garment industries contributes to global warming immensely, from the growing rate of textile which is manufactured and the fabric which is unwanted and thrown away for instance.”
She added that her main concern is global warming.
“We have been experiencing high temperatures nowadays because of our wastes and that includes designers’ wastes as well, therefore I decided to recycling unwanted textile and cut them into garments.”
She produce textile for fashion through the use of fabric off cuts and then cuts the textiles further into garments. The fashion designer and textile fabricator helps towards reducing the contribution of the textile industry towards global warming.
The inventive and innovative fashion lover drew her inspiration for arts from her creative personality, while her love for arts keeps her going.
“I love doing things with my hands” she said.
She added that “my piece of art makes me happy and I love and enjoy what I do.”
Gaboinewe is part of the University of Namibia (UNAM) final year students who are exhibiting their arts at the National Art Gallery Of Namibia (NAGN) and at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) from 10 November until 7 December 2016.
The visual arts section at UNAM present works by their students in the subjects of art for advertising, ceramics studies, creative expression, fashion studies and textiles studies at the exhibitions.
Visual arts subjects are intended to benefit students through personal development; and to develop creative and conceptual abilities, while preparing graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the arts sector.
Creative expression allows students to express ideas, values and emotions. This helps students to understand and comment on culture, society and environment.
Additionally the textile studies introduce students to a variety of ways in which to decorate and create fabric with a focus on product development
Art for advertising deals with foundational aspects of visual advertising, concentrating on the ideas which drive advertising and basic practical elements of advertising in print
The fashion course is structured to equip students with necessary skills to start up their own business or follow other careers within the fashion and the creative sector.
The practical portion of this course includes three major areas; creative work, pattern making and garment construction.
All three components carry equal weight as they form the foundation principles in fashion design.
In ceramics studies students are firstly introduced to ways of working with clay to produce both practical and aesthetic expressions.
They also learn how to design and manufacture products with regard to market demands.