Layers story “Once Upon a Time” will open this Friday at the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo. Layers illuminates five Zimbabwean designers’ lives through the invocation and offering of their truest stories.
The designers behind the stories are Nokuthula Ndlovu an artisan from Matobo, Vongai Ruzive a Zimbabwean designer raised in England and based in France; Rufaro Munemo an accessories’ designer from Bulawayo, Sharon Dingilisi a Zimbabwean designer based in France and Rudo Nondo who is a designer and storyteller from Harare.
The designers allow the reader to peel beneath the layers that inspire them and each designer opens up to who they are now. The stories have been transformed into five different clothing pieces and each piece of art illuminates each story and brings it to life in a language they all share which is design.
Rudo Nondo has captured each story vividly with pieces that will captivate the audience and allow them to be part of the design journey.
The Layers Project is funded through the #HerArt grant and was first held in Harare last month. The exhibition is made possible by The British Council Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe German Society and Alliance Francaise de Bulawayo.
Rudo has been designing since 2013 and the Layers pieces weave together some of the stories of the women and fellow designers she has met on her journey.
Rudo is currently the country coordinator for Fashion Revolution a sustainable fashion organisation and has worked both in fashion and product design in Zimbabwe and Swaziland combining clothing and home accessories using various elements such as fabric, leather, grass and ceramics.