2022 Design Futures Lab

A first of its kind, the Design Futures Lab saw nine teams of two creatives explore the intersection of fashion and XR through an online workshop on sustainable fashion and an in-person immersive digital filmmaking lab using new creative technologies and software. Each team received a grant of R75,000 to develop their concepts.

A final offering of the Lab, afforded the participants use of international distribution channels and exhibition platforms, to facilitate access to new markets for sustained livelihoods.

Included in the lab were creative technologists, gamers, fashion designers, product designers and multidisciplinary artists who created immersive proof of concepts or prototypes around experiential and provocative digital narratives about sustainable fashion and design.

The Design Futures Lab 2022 is a creative economy project, hosted by Electric South, Twyg and Crossover Labs and supported by the British Council #SouthernAfricaArts.

Sustainable Fashion Workshop

Sustainable Fashion Workshop curated by Twyg took place from Monday 14 to Friday 18 March 2022 and can be accessed here.


Lesiba Mabitsela
Lesiba Mabitsela
King Debs
Holly Beaton
Holly Bell Beaton
Oliver Pohorille
Siviwe James
Sihle Sogaula
Sihle Sogaula
Masego Morgan
Masego Shiho Morgan
Natalie Paneng
Natalie-Ann Paneng
Khumo Morojele
Khumo Morojele
Sisanda Tech
Mbangiso ‘Baso’ Mabaso
Ian Mangenga
Ian Xoli Mangenga
Sthandiwe Khumalo
Sithandiwe Khumalo
Matthew Edwards
Matthew Edwards
Xzavier Zulu
Xzavier Zulu
Tamzyn botha
Tamzyn Botha
Tinyiko Makwakwa
Tinyiko Makwakwa
Kym Fiala
Kym Sylvan Fiala
Ntando XV Ngwenya
Ntando Ngwenya
Sabinna_Rachimova - Sabinna Studios

Implementing Sustainability in XR Talk was live on Wednesday 23 March 2022 from 2PM - 3PM SAST

Sabinna Rachimova
Founder of SABINNA // Lecturer // Consultant
Sabinna Rachimova discusses how she implements sustainability in her business and covers the immersive projects she has done in the past years, including the 'Fabric Of Reality' an immersive fashion experience that brings together innovative fashion designers and the world’s leading XR artists. 
nirma_lab - Nirma Madhoo Chipps

Digital Fashion Praxis for an XR Future talk was live on Thursday 24 March from 9AM - 10AM SAST

Nirma Madhoo
Fashion Filmmaker // XR Creator
Nirma Madhoo introduces her practice as a Fashion Image Maker. With her background as a fashion designer, Nirma also explores digital fashion design platforms for completely digital fashion, for non-narrative fashion film and real-time VR metaversal contexts.
Violeta Ayala_Portrait_2020 - Violeta Ayala

Envision and Materialise your own Digital IdentityTalk was live on Thursday 24 March from 6PM - 7PM SAST

Violeta Ayala
Award-winning Filmmaker, Technologist, Writer, and Artist
Violeta Ayala finds a balance between virtual and physical reality, discusses her fight against visual standardization, speaks to the overlapping between the physical world and the metaverse; and how this will allow us to modify our environments in real time. Violeta wants to create fairer forms of ownership within the emerging digital economies and to experiment with how to develop the social capabilities of avatars to explore the depths of augmented reality. She will touch on these issues that will inevitably arise during the production of digital experiences, either film or fashion and involve more than just content creation; it will encompass development of culture through 3D, sound design, motion capture, and real time user interaction in virtual worlds. “We should be envisioning and materialising our evolving digital identities instead of letting tech corporations determine them.” - Violeta Ayala.