Local creative, photographer and global African, Trevor Stuurman often pays homage to his cultural heritage through his work. He recently collaborated with Standard Bank to design a range of avant-garde art installation pieces including The STUURman Bike.
We chatted to Trevor to find out more about where the inspiration for the bicycle came from.
- How did the idea of customizing a bicycle come about?
I wanted to celebrate my grandmother in a meaningful way but also move our culture forward (literally).
- What other pieces are in this collection?
The other pieces include handmade sunglasses and earrings.
- What was the labour process behind putting together the design for the bicycle?
The bicycle was an absolute labor of love. I conceptualized the entire piece and then worked those that were very close to my heart. The process was a collaborative effort between myself, Mama Maria Mahlangu (my aunt) and Nutcase (a local artisan). We all share a common vision of preserving culture in a contemporary fashion.
- What is the inspiration behind the design?
The beaded bicycle was inspired by my grandmother who used bead as a child. I wanted to celebrate her progressive and resourceful nature. She has an innate ability to repurpose and refashion any object or circumstance for the better. The prefix of our surname, Stuurman means steer in Dutch and as a family we always shared the same values as Standard Bank; moving together forward.
- How important is it to preserve culture and heritage through the arts?
Art is a reflection of a moment in time. It is a selfless medium that enables future generations to know and better understand our time.
- How are you doing this?
I am constantly studying and shooting our collective culture as Africans.
- Where will the bicycle be available for the public to view it?
The Bicycle is currently in my studio in Maboneng at The Cosmopolitan. Feel free to pop in to see it.