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The White Stereotype

This coat of arms represents the stereotype white person in South Africa. English or Afrikaans.

It is well known that every single white person in this country has a colonial history. We were not originally from Africa. Our ancestors are colonialists who travelled the world in search for new land.

They all also have a tendency for ruling and organising.  Trying to make things perfect.

This is why my white crest consists of a mesh of countries, mainly European countries and South Africa. It is laid on a grid of streets to create the feeling of organisation.

Lastly, it’s all done in white to emphasise the colour of their skin.

White Coat of Arms
White Coat of Arms

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Pienaar Coat of Arms

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Pienaar Coat of Arms still in Progress
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The tree detail

Jacques Pienaar was the first guinea pig. His coat of arms is also a representation of the Afrikaans culture.

They have a grandfather who left them a legacy, a legacy that made this Pienaar family as close knit as they are.

Their coat of arms consists of the following:

Back pentagons – The Pienaar family boast about their knowledge in the Sciences, so I decided to make the backbone of their Crest the backbone of any molecule, the Lewis structure.

Kalahari scene – The Kalahari scene is an annual holiday for the Pienaars. They go to a game farm their grandfather bought and there is a tree on it called ‘oupa se boom’, where the Pienaars go and have a picnic to honour their grandfather.

Kleinmond – Also a structure their grandfather bought. A building that was once surrounded by trees is now surrounded by houses and cars. Luckily they still have an amazing view of the mountains in the back.

Gin and Tonic – Jacques’ grandfather was a big fan of gin and tonic. At big events Gin and tonic is the main drink, and fights can get rowdy over how many lemons is just perfect.

All these elements are squashed into the coat of arms, which may make it a very untraditional one but all and all speaks close to Jacques Pienaar’s heart.

Pienaar detail
Pienaar detail
Pienaar coat of arms almost done.
Pienaar coat of arms almost done.

Advancing Backwards

I decided to exhibit for the first time in my short professional career.

I really wanted to get into some Illustration again and thought this will be the only way  to get something done. Setting the daunting deadline.

From this day till the end of June I will be posting my progress as the deadline creeps closer and closer.

My project is called Advancing Backwards (Meaning needs a whole new post). Where I will basically up-cycle family crests with paper.

Wish me luck


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