I am South African was truly inspired by Heritage Day in South Africa 24 September 2020. In South Africa there are so many unique and beautiful cultures and for one day every year they get to ‘show-off’ and embrace all their cultures together.
As a Caucasian, English designer in South Africa I wanted to add my stamp and show my admiration and pride for my country, not with clothes, as many do on the day, but in my own way.
The woman’s facial features is my side profile with South Africa being the head dress, which is commonly worn in South Africa during celebrations, as It is a deeply rooted African tradition that has both spiritual and cultural significance. Both visual elements combine my European and African heritage in one.
Why the specific colours though, well, Living Coral (pink), represents embracing community and oneness. As energy medicine practitioner, Anne Christine Tooley, says, “Living coral is enabled through the Laws of Nature to grow and flourish in our oceans and seas – but can only do so by giving up its individuality and attaching to another piece of the whole. In this respect, coral is representative of the community or global/humanitarian consciousness”.
Living Coral (pink) therefore represents the ability to fill ourselves with light and life, expand without ego, to trust our community, to embrace togetherness and oneness to build something beautiful and bigger than ourselves. So, obviously, this was the best colour to use for part of this design.
I used Gold too as it is associated with love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and wisdom. The two colours, to my knowledge, complimented each other well, not just visually but in what they represent too.
I wanted to create a design that represented individuality but also togetherness.