BO-KAAP-The slopes of Signal Hill.

These Times and How We Maintained Focus 

“Growing up in Cape Town I was exposed to so many different cultures, each one with its own vibrant activities.

I specifically remember a fascinating district known as the Bo-Kaap, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, just beyond Cape Town’s city centre.

  This area is filled with colour, culture, contrast and cuisine.

Bo Kaap Colours

The defining features of the Bo-Kaap are its multitude of vividly painted historic houses and its quaint cobbled streets.

This will give you an idea

Throughout my life in Cape Town, there are specific memories that I have of visiting this unique place.                                                                                                                                      My first memory was as early as eight years old: I remember jumping off the school bus onto the cobbled streets and being immediately immersed into a rainbow of colours. Each house is painted in a different colour making the streets look almost too perfect as if they belonged on a film set.

During this trip, we visited some local crafts people, explored the colourful streets and ate some deliciously sweet foods.

The next trip that I remember, I was about to turn sixteen and the experience was quite different from the first. Our group of school students were invited into one of the original historical homes to participate in a cooking class. We were submerged in the culture and the wonderful smells of Malay spices.

The last memory I have of the magical streets of the Bo-Kaap is just before I left the beautiful city of Cape Town to move to England. I remember standing in the cobbled streets, surrounded by colours from lime green to fuschia pink to cerulean blue and sunflower yellow. Absorbing the atmosphere and bathed in the golden summer heat, I remember looking up at the granite greys and earthy browns of the rocky face of Table Mountain and noticing all the exquisite harmonies and contrasts.


This is what makes the Bo-Kaap so magical:  the rough natural textures of the mountain juxtaposed with the smooth, kaleidoscope of colours in the houses.


Today I can still remember the glow of the sun on the rainbow houses, the smell of the Malay spices, the natural rocky texture of the mountains and the sweetness of the food I ate that very first time I walked the cobbled streets of the Bo-Kaap.

From this inspiration, I will design a collection of woven samples for the purpose of fashion.”

Dr. Jo Turney

One of the most appealing and appreciated modules on the textiles course is Contextual studies,which is managed and presented by Dr.Jo Turney.

The module helps the student to develop their interest and knowledge of textiles and relate it within a wider contemporary social and historical context.
Jo makes this subject come alive in the lecture theatre,during tutorials and out on fields trips both here and abroad.

Alongside her lecturing commitment Jo is a dedicated author on subjets related to her interests.
The books are available to purchase here.…/dp/B00HRFMGU8/ref=sr_1_3…

The Culture of Knitting by Joanne Turney ( 2009 ) Paperback

Images in Time: Flashing Forward, Backward, in Front and Behind…

Floral Frocks: The Floral Printed Dress from 1900 to Today


Fashion Crimes

Articles are in:…/dp/1841507512/ref=sr_1_8…

Fashion and War in Popular Culture

Oral History in the Visual Arts
Interviews are becoming an increasingly dominant research method in art, craft, design, fashion and…

Love Objects

In the Loop: Knitting Now

British Culture and Society in the 1970s: The Lost Decade

Unravel: Knitwear in Fashion
HardCover. Pages: 192 Publisher: Editions Lannoo sa The changing status of knitwear in high fashion is a…

On display

and contributing to the feel good factor.
The work of the 1st years students made during their print and embroidery module.The work enhances the walls along the corridors in the department and inspires others to try new ideas and techniques.
Soon this will be replaced by the beautiful outcomes from their constructed module and these samples will give way to the work of the 3rd years as they conclude their degree.
Exciting times ahead.

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