What is Advancing Backwards

“To know your future, you must know your past,

each stepping stone that has been cast.

Remember the good, as well as the bad,

and feel the emotions of happy and sad.”

(Margaret Jang)

We are, to a large extent, our past. We are shaped through our distant ancestors as well as our personal experience. It is important to be aware of that heritage.

The vision I have is to create that awareness and to help families express it in an artistic way.

South Africans have such a rich and diverse past.  All families have shaped our unique historical landscape.  Many of whom make us feel proud, and perhaps not so proud. Often these differences were celebrated, but at times they were used to alienate.

In the end it matters who you are, and what role your family continues to play in South Africa.

The story of your family must be told.

Why Heraldry

Heraldry is a visual tool which expresses your past.  It is an ancient way of giving recognition to a family. It gives a sense of influence, ownership and place.

I want to “revamp” the old fashioned and conservative notion of a family coat of arms.

I believe modern South African families should be displaying their coat of arms or just show a part of where they come from, who they are because of the past, in their homes.

I’m driven to create striking pieces, both unique and informative, but also shrouded in meaning.

Anything from reworking a traditional coat of arms, adding a personal touch to an existing coat of arms or a full blown custom piece: retelling and reliving the exciting lives of real people. A life to remember.

Creating works that show things you have inherited from your family, be they physical or emotional features. Either way, it is something that bonds you with people whom you may love or hate. This is who you are. Wear it with pride!

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