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    Eugenie’s extensive experience bridging the informal development sector and the formal sector has equipped her with multiple skills

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    With a strong sense of justice, upliftment of individuals forms a central part of any project Eugenie undertakes, as is evidenced by her extensive community involvement, at every level.

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    Eugenie has collaborated with many product developers and craft enterprises in Southern Africa and abroad on refining products and product ranges

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Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

Two years ago, I was honoured, in my capacity as a founder Trustee on the Southern Guild Design Foundation, to present a prize to an amazing young man – Laurie Wiid van Heerden who had won, amongst other prestigious awards, the Maker to Market Award presented by Southern Guild Foundation in 2013. This award recognizes a design company that understands the value of packaging, for presentation and protection, identity and brand building, logistics and the various processes that take place between production and sales.

 

Not only is Laurie an incredible talent with an amazing attention to detail, he also believes in the value of collaboration - as has been demonstrated in work with Lionel Smit, Wim Botha and Atang Ashari amongst others.

I was privileged to be invited to explore his studio earlier this year and what a joy that was. It is pristine, well organized and an installation in and of itself. The attention to detail both aesthetic and from a production perspective is inspiring. Laurie and his team work magic in this space and he has transferred wonderful skills to his staff.

When a special friend whose son Bernard is finishing school at Waldorf this year showed me a chair that he had made for an assignment, I contacted Laurie and asked if he would be prepared to have a conversation with him and give him some feedback.

Without hesitation he agreed and the result is that with his input, Bernard has completed a table and a stool which is not expensive to manufacture, pleasing to the eye and practical. Bernard was inspired by working with Laurie and I believe that Laurie will continue to be a great mentor to this young talent.

To get ahead in life, I believe that we all need to look at what we can give and how we can support one another and share some of the wisdom that we have. To see Laurie ‘pay it forward’ has been a real inspiration to me, and I am thrilled that he is one of the 3 nominees for the 2015 Arts and Culture Trust Impact Awards in the design category. We will know the outcome at the beginning of November and I am holding thumbs…

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