Seasons
Change

COVER IMAGE |
FENNEC DEUCHAR
Each season carries a purpose. Summer brings warmth; winter encourages rest and pruning. We believe it’s important to appreciate the individual seasons and what they bring. In considering the way forward for Conteu, we realised that we had come to the end of our exciting and growth-filled season. What started as a passion project very organically between friends had run its course (quite beautifully) and we both feel the time had come to celebrate our journey and move onto new pastures.

Through our three-year journey, we have come across some incredible South African makers and creatives, talents worth boasting to the world about. We hosted engaging events, printed a magazine as well as city guides and shared stories of creative pursuits that inspired us. For those interested, we've shared some of our milestone moments in the editorial below.

This past season of Conteu also affirmed a niggling feeling we both had, that creativity is an invaluable tool for bettering our communities. It connects people, it shares a message in a way other more formal approaches can’t and it circumvents traditional routes of development. You can continue to ignite your creativity by reading through our stories from previous issues, which you can find on the 'All Issues' page.

Thank you to every creative, maker and person who was part of this journey. We hope you continue to be curious, thoughtful and creative as well as support your community around you. Success cannot be built or enjoyed in isolation, its life is sparked by others.

For the final time, yours in creativity,
Conteu's Digital Signature
Growth | Our first online issue was launched in Durban with an evening of stories, music and cake. Photograph: Tim BatchelderGrowth | Our first online issue was launched in Durban with an evening of stories, music and cake. Photograph: Tim Batchelder
Printed versions of our stories, written by collaborators, created a tangible magazine experienced. Photograph: Tim BatchelderPrinted versions of our stories, written by collaborators, created a tangible magazine experienced. Photograph: Tim Batchelder
Heritage | We celebrated the online launch of the Heritage issue with a three course dinner in an urban space. Guests also communally painted a large mural on one of the inside walls. Photograph: Tim BatchelderHeritage | We celebrated the online launch of the Heritage issue with a three course dinner in an urban space. Guests also communally painted a large mural on one of the inside walls. Photograph: Tim Batchelder
Abode | We partnered with a Cape Town Creative company, She is Visual, to launch our fourth online issue. Hosted in Stellenbosch, the intimate event was dedicated to celebrating the place we call home.Abode | We partnered with a Cape Town Creative company, She is Visual, to launch our fourth online issue. Hosted in Stellenbosch, the intimate event was dedicated to celebrating the place we call home.
With the help of The Hobbyist, each participant created a macramé hanging plant to take home with them. With the help of The Hobbyist, each participant created a macramé hanging plant to take home with them.
Goats cheese and locally sourced honey on homemade cracker bread.Goats cheese and locally sourced honey on homemade cracker bread.
To fund our Special Print Edition, we launched a crowdfunding campaign. To fund our Special Print Edition, we launched a crowdfunding campaign.
Conteu Special Print EditionAll stories from the 112 page Special Print Edition were produced by South African creatives. Photograph: Tom Foolery
Photograph: Amy VenterPhotograph: Amy Venter
Photograph: Amy VenterPhotograph: Amy Venter
Craftwomen's Milestones | We curated an interactive exhibition to collectively celebrate the milestone moments of Durban makers: Michelle Robyn Jewellery, Banc and Brit & Bride. We invited the community into the merrymaking to hopefully inspire others to make a start on their dreams.Craftwomen's Milestones | We curated an interactive exhibition to collectively celebrate the milestone moments of Durban makers: Michelle Robyn Jewellery, Banc and Brit & Bride. We invited the community into the merrymaking to hopefully inspire others to make a start on their dreams.
A mini-mag, created by us, shared the makers' stories.A mini-mag, created by us, shared the makers' stories.
An interactive experience to encourage the creativity in everyone.An interactive experience to encourage the creativity in everyone.
By simply recognising milestone moments and saluting them with a raised glass, slice of cake or thoughtful gift — we are encouraged to carry an attitude of gratitude. And this all leads to emotional resilience, better health and greater creativity (well, not the cake).By simply recognising milestone moments and saluting them with a raised glass, slice of cake or thoughtful gift — we are encouraged to carry an attitude of gratitude. And this all leads to emotional resilience, better health and greater creativity (well, not the cake).

Fennec Deuchar | The Seasons Change cover, a striking image of flowers against a white background, was conceptualised, designed and installed by Feenec Deuchar. The photographer was Reni van den Brandt, from Modern Hearts, and the location was The Gallery, at Roodebloem Studios.