A number of artists find it hard to conceptualise and balance their multiple ideas and talents to come up with respective products from their talents.
As for multi-talented One Rapelana, art comes naturally as she juggles it with jewellery making, graphic design and music production. She trades as Xita (pronounced as Zeeta). The creative artist has a jewellery line where she designs and crafts out accessories such as necklaces and earrings.
The young lass who has a bachelor’s degree in business science, specialises in crafting accessories out of clothing material and cardboards to come out with some fashionable crafts that one can wear on various occasions.
She cuts the cardboard in different shapes then covers them with some clothing material in different creative ways to come up with the end product. The hand made accessories come in different designs and colours. When explaining some of the crafts she had during an interview with Arts & Culture she explains: “I play around with different concepts to come up with different designs.”
Amongst some of the necklaces was one that was made of colorful cylinders and a number of threads holding the cylinders together. With the earrings, they are in different shapes with a notable circular one. “This one was inspired by those big Zulu earrings,” she notes.
In her accessories, there is a lot of creativity that she plays around with clothing materials covering the hard cardboard to come up with a finished product. “I guess the creativity in terms of colours and designs is inspired by my graphic design abilities”.
She has previously designed posters for organisations such as Jam for Brunch and Leselo Network. Rapelana, who is still new in the jewellery craft industry, has faith in penetrating the market since she has an unique and creative style of designing, “I strictly do not use beads like most jewellery designers”. She is planning on taking advantage of the growing social media platform to sell her products. When she is not busy crafting her jewellery craft, she will be busy working on her graphic design works for various clients. She has established a feminist stand on social network Instagram with her designs. “I’m a feminist so I make graphics of different female icons that I respect,” as she scrolled down her phone showing Arts & Culture different graphics of the likes of Solange Knowles and Yuna.
With her graphic designing, she also juggles with music production. Rapelana is a recording musician with a self-set up studio in her bedroom, where she records and produces her music. Through her piano and guitar playing expertise, she has also turned into an alternative musician. While studying at Monash University in South Africa, she enrolled for a short music course at one of the colleges. Her music is not yet out, but she has performed at some events such as Motswarapoetry and Jam for Brunch. When quizzed on how she manages to handle so much at a go she was like, “I guess it's genetical, my grandmother was a tailor, my late uncle was a musician, he was in a band and my brother is into art also.”
Prior to all this, Rapelana indicates that during her primary and high school days she was an active child that was always participating in talent competitions and was also part of the Marimba team.