Passion pairs up with shoes

Vuyolwethu Hole

A TEXTILE design student from Port Elizabeth has showcased her children’s shoe range on national talkshow television programme, 3Talk.

Nolwazi Ntshona, 25, said meeting 3Talk host Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu and talking to her about her “passion” – shoes – which also happens to be one of Maholwana-Sangqu’s passions, was “the biggest highlight”.

Ntshona, a third-year (NMMU) student who is interning at Bay shoe factory Little Slipper, said she drew inspiration for her children’s winter shoes from birds and flowers.

The shoes – for little girls – are in bright hues such as pink and yellow and have shiny details.

Ntshona said she enjoyed being involved in the entire design process from conceptualising to manufacturing the shoes at the Little Slipper factory.

“Designing is all about concept. The conceptual work behind every designer makes the design unique and outstanding. The combination of my ideas and skills are what define my design aesthetic. Textile is all about the feel of the fabric.”

She was also inspired by the elegant and sophisticated garments by designer David Tlale and the integration of colour in design by the late fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

She hopes to become as successful as her role models. “My goal is to be exhibited in art galleries all around the world. You need to have a fighting spirit in the design industry and above all you need to be passionate about your craft,” Ntshona said.

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