Magic magazine-making workshop at A4

April 28, 2022

Above: Lalela alumni involved in the process of publication-making during their workshop at the A4 Art Foundation

This term we were honoured to be invited by the A4 Art Foundation to engage with its enthralling ‘Papertrails’ exhibition. Learners from most of our programmes, as well as a group of Lalela alumni, were brought to this groundbreaking gallery located in central Cape Town, where they had the opportunity to interact with the exhibition and participate in special workshops created just for them.

Papertrails is an exhibition that brings to life a selection of books, pamphlets, magazines and newsletters taken from the ‘Independent Publishing Project’ – a temporary library created in 2011 & 2012 by artists Francis Burger and Jonah Sack.

The exhibition shares different ways of exploring these books, and the histories that come with them. During their visit, the learners were invited to use words and images taken from the various publications and remix and re-arrange them to make their own new publications.

We asked Evelyn Kanyekwele, a Lalela alum and current intern at our office in Hout Bay, Cape Town, to share her experience of the workshop…

Above, left to right: Evelyn (in the foreground) making magic; fellow Lalela alumni putting up their work; Evelyn and some of other members of her group at the workshop

My name is Evelyn. I am a Lalela intern as well as an alum. In March this year, I attended a four-day magazine-making workshop at the A4 Art Foundation along with 11 other Lalela alumni.

The workshop was immaculate and magical and it totally exceeded my expectations.

When it comes to the work we did, l really enjoyed the collage work where we would join random words and pictures, and it would come out saying so much more only if you pay attention.

l also enjoyed playing around with my finished work with the printer exploring different colours and how they react when combined, turning your work into something magical which is exactly what l said l wanted to see – magic.

My best quality that l would say l discovered about myself when being creative at the workshop would be my love of working with different colour sellotapes, I wholeheartedly enjoyed working with them, which made my work pop out more. The other thing l loved about the workshop was how it made us (Lalela alumni) meet and reconnect as we had almost lost contact straight after school so it really brought us together and made us see the other side of each other we don’t normally see.

Above: The intriguing process of magazine-making!

Overall l loved the full experience l got as it was my first time working towards creating a book/magazine. I certainly can’t wait to see the final results of the work we all did

I would also love to say thank you to Francis and Jonah from the A4 – they were extremely patient while working with us and paid attention to the small details that other people would have looked past.

I would also like to share my gratitude to everyone at the A4 who were very kind and welcoming to us.

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