Turning Trash Into Streetwear with Bafreckles Upcycling: Interview

Turning Trash Into Streetwear with Bafreckles Upcycling: Interview

Driven by passion and creativity, talented Johannesburg-based designer, Bafana Shandu Mbatha, turns discarded materials into wearable streetwear. Tshiamo Seape caught up with him for Shelflife to learn more about his work, his process and what he has planned next.


Tell us a bit about yourself for those who don’t know you?


What is your design background?


A large portion of your work uses discarded polyethylene bags. Are there limitations to working with this material?

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A casual scroll through your socials reveals that you are a proper ‘Nike head’. What is it about the Nike brand that captures you?

 

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Upcycling is a response to a problem an attempt to reduce waste by reframing what we consider it to be. Have you used or would you like to use your talents as a designer and creative to problem solve in other areas?

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Sneaker culture can sometimes lead to excessive consumption but a lot of your work deals with waste reduction. Is it sometimes difficult to square those opposing concepts?



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What steps have you taken to expand @bafreckles_upcyclings?

What would you consider your biggest personal or professional achievement so far?

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 What's next for you?


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