Justine is passionate about creative education. She believes that working creatively with the hands and mind has profound therapeutic value, and that the very act of creatively transforming materials can lead to transformation on other levels, both personal and within communities. This can lead to powerful and meaningful social change.
Justine studied painting, art history and psychology at Rhodes University and did her postgraduate studies in education at Wits, culminating with a master’s degree looking at the value of art education for marginalised children and youth.
Portia has always had an interest in craft and started knitting at the age of 8. She studied arts and craft design at Imbali from 2005 to 2007. In 2014, she formalised her knitting interest into a business specialising in knitted baby clothing and knitted jewellery from wool, wire and telephone wire. Through her experience of running her own business she has learned many valuable lessons, which have contributed to the development of Imbali’s modules on costing, pricing and functioning in a crafts business environment. She is presently studying global social entrepreneurship online with Philanthropy University to improve her entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.
At Imbali, she writes learner and facilitator materials; devises assessment methods and tools and manages the assessment of students. She teaches a foundation module to first years, a second-year module which involves creating an innovative craft product and a facilitation course to third year students.
Lungani graduated from the Imbali 3-year crafts training programme in 2007. After a 1-year internship he was offered a full-time junior facilitator post. Over the past 11 years, Lungani has travelled twice to Holland to run specialist screen printing and starch batik workshops, as well as facilitating for Imbali in many different contexts. He has also completed numerous short courses to further his skills in printing, ceramics and facilitation. Lungani has built up a wealth of experience during his time at Imbali and has the ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Prudence has extensive knowledge of all the products in the shop, along with the different materials and techniques used. She is able to explain to customers in great detail the often extensive processes of creating crafts products. She also works closely with students from the second year of the Imbali training programme, teaching them about window dressing and the administrative systems necessary for running a shop. Prudence is an Imbali graduate and has an NQF 4 qualification in Wholesale and Retail.
Connie specialises in textiles, sewing and pattern making at Imbali. She has been involved in a number of international creative projects, including the Bordeaux Carnival in France and the Celebrate South Africa Festival in London. In 2010, she worked in Rotterdam in the Netherlands as a textile facilitator and programme manager at the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF), and in 2014 in Utrecht training refugee women in textile skills. She has qualifications in sewing and pattern making, ABET (adult basic education and training) and Life Line counselling.