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CAS­SAN­DRA TWALA

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HMC FAIR CU­RA­TOR

I am the cu­ra­tor of this year’s HMC Fair. My role at Art­logic is a mix of cu­ra­tion, cre­ative di­rect­ing, project man­age­ment, as well as build­ing and nur­tur­ing re­la­tion­ships. I would safely say I’m a jack of all trades.

A fair like this re­quires be­ing tuned in to the lo­cal de­sign, food and wine in­dus­tries by try­ing new res­tau­rants, meet­ing de­sign­ers and be­ing in­vested in what lo­cal brands are do­ing. Cu­rat­ing con­tent from the con­ti­nent re­quires re­search and con­nect­ing with the right peo­ple. We col­lab­o­rate with a cu­ra­tor who is well versed in the African de­sign land­scape.

When choos­ing ex­hibitors,

I look for brands that have some­thing sig­nif­i­cant or mean­ing­ful to say. The fair has reached a point where it is not enough to just be good, you have to stand out.

I didn’t over­think the de­sign process for the ear­rings I made. I’m a fan of chunky ac­ces­sories, paired with un­der­stated looks. I’m also drawn to the in­ten­sity of red, which to me is the fo­cal point of the ear­rings.

Hand­made craft means act­ing mean­ing­fully. Far be­yond the lux­ury of pos­sess­ing some­thing that has been crafted by hu­man hands, I be­lieve hand mak­ing brings us closer to our­selves.

I’m ex­cited about the

new lay­out this year. We’ve put in a lot of ef­fort to craft new ex­pe­ri­ences and spa­ces. In line with our theme: A Re­turn to Mak­ing, we’ve in­tro­duced a “Mak­ers Cor­ner”, which has work­shops avail­able to the pub­lic, in­clud­ing ring mak­ing, weav­ing and ceram­ics.

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