11 Jul Enter the Interns
The Low Down On Day One
AFTER two intensive weeks of travelling the length and breadth of the nation in search of young and talented designers, the team returned to the creative heart of the City of Gold, the Maboneng precinct, with the 13 individually selected interns.
“I could believe it, when I received that phone call I was in shock! You always hope for the best but expect the worst, right? I did not expect to be chosen,” said one of the lucky interns. A few others stated that they were very nervous about the first challenge – and rightly so. At that stage they still had not seen their studio space and, for some, the suspense was killing them! “I don’t know what to expect, I am so nervous because of that, I think the next challenge will be better because then I will have a better idea about how David will be judging garments, I’ll know my way around the workspace and, more importantly, know how to manage my time,” said another contestant.
As the group entered their new studio, they were under strict instructions to keep their eyes shut until everybody was in the room. It was when David instructed them to open their eyes and revealed the working space that would be theirs for the next few months that the excitement reached fever pitch! That enthusiasm, though, was short lived as David quickly reminded them about the tight deadlines that had to be met, and the reality of late nights and early mornings hit them! The interns immediately started on the first challenge with David by their side throughout, guiding them, and staying with the group into the late hours of the night supporting them – and not just with their projects, but making sure they had something to fuel their energy by ordering pizza for the group! The interns definitely got a taste of the fast paced working environment that they were going to have to get used to over the next few days and weeks, but it was good to see that most of them settled into the new studio space with ease!