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I’M A CRAFTY BITCH / TROTSE TERT BLüNKE JANSE VAN RENSBURG

I’m a crafty bitch.

I like working with my hands and getting dirty.


ARTIST: BLüNKE JANSE VAN RENSBURG
PHOTOGRAPHY: KOOS GROENEWELD
STYLING: GAVIN MIKEY COLLINS
CUSTOM TERT NECKLACE: MO COLLECTIVE
INTERVIEW: MANDY NASH


Tell us a bit more about Blünke Janse van Rensburg
I’m  Blünke, my mom calls me “Blom”.
I’m a white girl from Pretoria, grew up there in Die Moot.
I’ve never felt like I belonged or fitted in.
I’m rebellious and stubborn as fuck.
I’m also contradicting, lonely and plastic flowers calms me down and solves my problems.
I find comfort in being creative.
I’ve always been creative, it’s in my blood.
Grew up in a household full of creatives.
I’m a artist of sorts.
I refer to myself as a fashion designer.
Fashion is still the dream and my passion.
I haven’t given up yet, although things has been harder than I anticipated.
But I’ve been producing work for quite some time and I can’t wait to share.

What is fuelling you to pursue Trotse Tert so thoroughly?
She is more confident and courageous, so it’s easier becoming her when I’m not strong enough at that moment.
She steps in and carries me.
Through her I can do whatever because she doesn’t have many fucks to give.
She takes more risks.
She doesn’t care about what other people think.
She doesn’t doubt herself.
And most importantly, she wouldn’t change just because you have a problem with her.
She is proud to be who she is.
What medium do you prefer to work in?
I’m a crafty bitch.
I like working with my hands and getting dirty.
Whether it’s beading or cutting and pasting.
Working with all sorts of materials and then also doing things digitally.
I don’t prefer just one medium but if I had to pick something, I would choose fabric.
I’m a fabric hoarder.
Fabric is one of my turn on’s.
So if I see something I love, I can’t go without buying some otherwise it haunts me.

What is your favorite art genre and are there any specific artists from this genre who inspire you and your work?
Difficult to answer because I get inspired by so many things.
But, what I can say is that artists from the 80’s definitely resonates with me the most.
I’m in love with the 80’s, I mean, the music, the hair, the outfits = EVERYTHING
One of my ultimate favourite inspirations and role models is Bowie.
His unwavering believe in himself and his art gives me new life, so I keep a picture of him nearby.
I’m also inspired by artists inspired by Bowie.
I suppose it’s because they also see what I see.

What is your creative process? Do you look at other work, print pictures, scrapbook, walk around the block before tackling a new collage?
I wish I had a cute lil ritual but my anxiety gets in the way so I procrastinate till number 99.
I’ll then make myself a cup of tea and get to it.
Anxiety can literally go and suck my dick.
I start by cutting out the subject of the collage (usually that’s me) and pasting it in the middle of a blank page.
Where I would then throw images under it until I see the good stuff.

What advice would you give to other creatives who don’t know where to start when figuring out their visual identity?
Just start.
See where it goes.
Experiment.
Use what you have.
Look at your surroundings and where you’re at.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
I had an idea, I wasn’t too sure of it or how I’m gonna go about it.
I just screwed around until if felt right and made sense to me.
And then you’ll be surprised where you end up

What is next for Trotse Tert?

She’s got some tricks up her sleeve.
Other proud tarts out there should watch this space cause mama’s gonna come thru for you. I’m talking about, Slut Essentials ya’ll!!


INFO
TROTSE TERT
@trotse_tert
KOOS GROENEWELD 
@koooooosfoto
GAVIN MIKEY COLLINS 
@gavinmikeycollins

MO COLLECTIVE 
@mo.collective_design


 

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