We are focused on discovering the best in unknown creativity, as we call them the unofficially number one.
Constructive Solitude is a company dedicated to exposing unknown talent in the fields of music, designs, photography and the latest trends to hit South Africa and the world. We use our platform to showcase these trends and get them out there to introduce our very unique art scene and our following. We also help in management of artists and consultation to develop these artists and ensure the right steps are taken in furthering their brand and career. Constructive Solitude as company not only helps in developing local talent, we also try to focus on the latest trends to hit South Africa and abroad and incorporate them in our designs and social media to further new ideas and talent, to grow the art scene and showcase the creative’s with the biggest potential. In doing this it benefits the creative world, giving artists another platform to showcase their creative skills and potentially pushing them into the spotlight and growing their brand.
Richard Rooki Horne is a creative from Cape Town, South Africa. As a creative who is always learning new things and perusing different styles he enjoys working digital as well as traditionally. From using markers & fine liners to using Wacom digital drawing tablets and watercolor paints. Rooki is inspired by skateboarding, street cultures, fashion and music. He is creative who draws ideas from the culture that he is interested in and tries to reflect what he takes in through his art and design. Rooki loves local cultures and ideas and it can be seen in his creations.
He enjoys combining illustration and design at any opportunity he gets. Richard recently graduated from art school and was the winner of the Web printer Creative Awards Competition 2016.
“Going forward I really just want to keep growing as a creative, learn new things and explore more and more”.
A young man with dope lyrics and beats, he is not afraid to produce his own sound from scratch, then rhyme and sing to it. He started experimenting with music from a tender age and never looked back. Born Sabinus Akujobi Megwa, II in South Phoenix, AZ, $tory is the second born of three sons from a Nigerian father and South African mother. He showed interest and talent in music from a young age, but couldn’t escape the educational path of life having been raised in a family of academics, so he completed his degree in design from Arizona State University, before giving into the musical jungle. In high school Sab $tory got his first computer, where he started experimenting with digital art and music. “I begged my parents fora laptop for school. What I really wanted itfor was to make dope art and cool MySpace backgrounds.” A friend later introduced $tory to the music programming software FL Studio. “I remember the first beat I ever made. I knew that for a beginner it was pretty good; I knew that if I stuck with it, I could be great!” With dreams of being the next “college dropout” $tory locked himself in his room and worked at his craft. Growing up Sab was drawn to artists like Nas, Tupac and Jay-Z for their raw lyrical talents and storytelling abilities.
His aspiration is to grow as a musician in Africa where he seeks to deliver his message of positivity through music, but also because African blood runs through his veins and inspired his journey from childhood when raised by immigrant parents in an American society. He says his moniker is ‘Sab $tory –No Sob Stories’, which simply means that one should write their own life story and not let life write it for them. The LA based artist plans to visit South Africa early in 2017, as part of the mission to promote his latest single ‘Vybe’ which entails Hip-Hop and RnB elements associated with his deep semi-turn-up brand. He is looking forward to possible performances, mingling and featuring local artists.
Ellen Ma is a self-taught creative and silly heart living in the Bay Area. Her artwork is centered around creating a feeling, as she is inspired by numerous literature, film, and comics that emotionally impact her on a daily basis.
Denys is an illustrator and web-designer from Odessa, Ukraine. Fond of minimalism and cartoons, so he is trying to transform all inspiration into this form. Having started a career as a designer in 2015 in media marketing company and now he holds the position of Art Director. No matter if it’s a logo, banner, corporate identity or a website, Denys is always trying to put heart and soul in all his projects.
Tanateasami is a graphic designer in Tokyo, Japan. She does Ads and Website design for a cosmetic brand.
Tanateasami likes drawing about boys and girls, fashion, music, movie and the culture of Tokyo. The name of her illustrations is “Tokyo boy meets girl” . When creating her unique designs Tanatesami uses only an iPad and Applepencil by drawing on Instagram works. Tanateasami’s artworks will be exhibited at LemoArt Gallery in Berlin. The show will start next year in February but she has already started preparing for the exhibition now.
“I would like to connect with the world through the illustrations.”
Imile Wepener (b. 1993) is a passionate illustrator. designer and curator. He is creative that loves to play with a more fun style within his own work, often incorporating a sense of narrative. He uses a wide set of traditional mediums for his work, such as gouache and ink and then works into them digitally. Imile is a graduate of the Open Window Institute, and completed his honours degree in Illustration in 2015. He is currently working as a designer / illustrator at Wideopenplatform, based in Johannesburg. He often does freelance work and commissions in addition to his job and was fortunate enough to have won Best Portfolio at the 2015 Behance Reviews, as well as being a Loeries winner for one of his honours projects. In addition to having his first solo exhibition in 2015 titled ‘Oh Shoot’ at Wolves Cafe in Johannesburg, he has also curated two group illustration exhibitions – namely ‘Fresh Neat’ and ‘Trick or Treat’.
I’m Tobe Fonseca, a bearded illustrator and creator that lives in the south of Brazil, in a small village in the middle of nowhere. I love nature, travel and animals and I try to show it in my work. I usually go for a minimalistic art and sometimes with more complex patterns, mixing up collage and illustrations.
I’ve been working with big names in the apparel world such Threadless, GAP, Urban Outfitters, Society6 and many others. My ultimate goal is to become a studio and I hope it will happen soon.
The South African music industry is going through some change I can even go as far as saying it is evolving, this growth has reached a point where the world is meeting a newer and different Mzansi musician, everyday. Our industry has always been about putting a local twist on popular music genres that we have adopted but not give a South African contribution or perspective to music and giving the world a taste of our musicality. What we have always needed is more experimentation and pushing boundaries opening up the market so there is more consumer choice.
The change in mindset which could be attributed to people especially young people exploring music more wanting to find different ways to express themselves whether it be with clothes, sneakers or a playlist everyone needs to hear, people want more options to explore in order to show off how cool and different their taste is, niche has become a way of life, with people always asking how anything they consume fits in to their lifestyle, so buying more into a way of life then just following trends and the music they choose is part of what gets them going, ‘the feel good factor’ music that affects the emotions.
Enter Trap, future bass, Electronic, Future R&B, Ambient soul to name just a few ways that South African musicians are taking the countries music to new heights, this has also seen South African musicians touring other parts of the world and gaining interest from international labels, and this is just the beginning well that’s how I feel.
The most discouraging scenario when dealing with music is when an upcoming artist sends you a single and it is absolutely brilliant you start thinking about his future and all the great things he can achieve because of his talent then that artist just fades away but in the case of Una Rams I don’t see this happening, we will be seeing a lot of him because of his work rate there is only a few artist with such a large body of good quality work and we still call him upcoming.
Musically he is one of South Africa’s best with an EP under his belt, titled ‘Pink Moon’ this release proves this artists diversity and how far his talent extends, his writing abilities gets the message across perfectly, not only does he sing his got bars, already topping charts on several radio stations across the country with the tracks ‘Nobody’ and ‘Testify’ Una is already working on his next project with the lead single ‘Girls like you’ already building up anticipation one gets this good feeling there is more great music to come.