The PPC Imaginarium Awards 2016

When I think of concrete, I think of building sites and dirt. The PPC Imaginarium competition has however brought new light to the beautiful possibilies concrete offers, through their design awards programme. By showcasing different pieces made from concrete from many designers, it's clear just how much can be done with this material.

This programme is focused on encouraging talented designers in South Africa, and a better challenge cannot be thought of. There are six creative categories which the judges look at; Industrial Design, Jewellery, Film, Sculpture, Architecture and Fashion.

The winners of the awards were announced at the PPC Imaginarium finalist exhibition at Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, last week Thursday (4 February). The winner of each category received R50 000 and the runner-up received R15 000. Have a look at their website or their Facebook page.

The pieces are simply amazing; who knew you could make such cool things with concrete?

The artworks featured are by: 

First photo: Mieke Vermeulen 
Second photo: Hester Erasmus 
Third photo: Janna Kruger 
Fourth photo: Nkhensani Rihlampfu
Fifth photo: Gordon Froud 

Five visa-free countries for South Africans to visit

Ireland

This beautiful country, otherwise known as the emerald isle, is a real gem. Although there are quite a few rainy days, the rest definitely makes up for it! The people are warm and friendly, the food is amazing and Ireland’s natural wonders are a must see. Dublin is an amazing city with a great vibe; enjoy it with a pint of Guinness! 

New Zealand

This amazing country is far to travel to, but so worth it! New Zealand has everything from beaches to mountains to sunshine and snow, so it has a little something for everyone. Possibly the coolest attraction is Hobbiton, where parts of the movies The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were made. 

Thailand

Think sun, sand and cocktails! When you imagine a beach holiday, Thailand is definitely one of the destinations that come to mind. With its tropical feel, markets, amazing ocean and many beaches; this is a great place to visit for that much needed getaway. 

Brazil

This colourful and vibrant country is a big attraction to many people each year! A must-see in this country is the Christ the Redeemer statue, and a must-do is one of the many colourful festivals. Football fans will feel at home as the sport is very popular here! 

Singapore

This island lies just off of Malaysia and has a tropical climate. It is great for shopping; whether high street or markets and customer service here is excellent. Clean streets, friendly people and shopping; what more do you need?

I think it's time for my next holiday! 
 
Source: Buzz South Africa

Image Sources:

New Zealand- Break in the clouds by tom_hall_nz

Thailand- Longtail Boats by hadsie

Singapore- View of Singapore City Skyline From Esplanade by edwin11

Ireland- Ireland by autumnal-fires

Brazil- Christ Redeemer by justonemoreshot

 

The Initial Necklace

With Valentine's Day just two weeks away, it might be time to start brainstorming! 

Trends come and go when it comes to fashion and jewellery, but the initial necklace could become a classic piece. A small, dainty necklace with the initial of your name or the name of someone important to you can only look great! 

I love the idea of keeping your loved ones close to you, and the initial necklace does just that. Whether it’s your partner, mother, aunt or child’s initial on the necklace, you will think of them constantly. 

This necklace could be a gift to yourself too, a reminder that you are doing great and can handle whatever the world throws at you! Maybe the necklace has no meaning to you; it does well as a simple piece of jewellery as well! 

This is one of those pieces you could wear every day and never take off; it could even do well mixed with other jewellery!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, this could be the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.thula sells a beautiful initial necklace on Hello Pretty for just R470. 

I think it's time I place my order! 

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