CrawfordSchools™ has been a part of South African education for over 20 years. The schools that make up the Crawford collection constitute the largest single private school organisation in South Africa. CrawfordSchools™ boasts nineteen of the top schools in South Africa. Together they have challenged every traditional and conventional practice in education in our country. Their academic success is proven. They are trailblazers in innovative and forward-thinking education. Every student is acknowledged and offered the opportunity to excel. The child-centred approach inherent in every school ensures that students examine and realise their own potential. CrawfordSchools™ offers an academic foundation of the highest order and ensures that each student is a fully-rounded person. Cultural success is a cornerstone of every school, while sport is enjoyed by every sports-loving student and community involvement is celebrated by every civic-minded citizen.
Crawford College Sandton has been assisting their students with local and international University applications and has been very successful in placing students in Universities in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands & Europe. The College has always been proactive in giving students the opportunity to look abroad when wanting to further their studies and host many International University presentations including some of the prestigious IVY league universities.
Crawford College Sandton would like to congratulate the following students who matriculated last year (2017) and have been accepted into International Universities:
• Erin Liebenberg – University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League) • Yarin Neuhaus - NYU • Nigel Sudarkasa - AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy ) College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California • Arielle Traub - Northwestern University (to study Engineering) • Maya Bortz - NYU • Cassiel Eatock-Winnik – Carnegie Mellon • Malaika Chidzero - University of Utrecht
Crawford College Sandton wishes them everything of the very best for their new adventure. #ThrowbackThursday #OldCrawfordians #OldCrawfordianSociety ...
Alumnus: Ty Gormley School: Crawford La Lucia Year: 2010
Umhlanga fashion stylist and Old Crawfordian Ty Gormley has made a name for herself in the personal and photo styling industry. Despite long hours and demanding lifestyle, Ty is passionate about her job and keeps on reinventing and adding to her styling services and fashion knowledge.
Ty discovered her love for design in high school when she started sewing her own clothes. While studying fashion design at DUT though, Ty realised that design and clothing production weren’t really what she wanted to do. “I knew I loved clothing, shoes, accessories and, of course, shopping, but I wasn’t too keen on sitting down and designing outfits. While chatting to my mom one evening she reminded me of an instance where I had dressed her from head to toe whereby she received many positive compliments from all her friends. She suggested I try fashion styling instead of the designing,” says Ty.
There were no fashion styling courses available in South Africa at the time, so Ty went to London to study editorial styling at the University of Arts in London. This is where she fell in love with the industry and found discovered her confidence in her ability.
When she returned home, she saw a gap in the market and started her own styling business, called I’m Styling. Not long afterwards Ty landed two big corporate clients, Mr Price Sport and Zip-code, who she still does work for today, as well as other well-known chain stores who book her through an agency. She also works behind the scenes of the Get It Magazine Ballito/Umhlanga cover shoots, and offers personal styling consultations for individuals, which includes figure analysis, season colour coding and general fashion and dress tips.
Although no two days are the same for Ty, a typical shoot involves leaving home early to go to studios and/or locations to style models with the specific looks/garments that she has pre-sourced and planned. A non-shoot day is spent in meetings with prospective clients, communicating with agencies, doing pre-production at client’s offices, admin on her laptop or keeping up with the latest trends through various channels of social media. Ty also keeps up to date with fashion trends by travelling aboard, and visiting online shops to see their latest stock.
To offer a difference in this continued evolving industry, Ty added a new member to her I’m Styling team, her vintage VW styling kombi, which is a ‘style and collaboration van’, an innovative space for fashion and styling. The mobile style van has been designed to help organize and hold stock for photoshoots, as well as collaborate with innovative, trendy, up-and-coming new brands with fresh ideas and events in mind. It’s a trendy space for like-minded individuals to team up and create a platform to promote their brand. This can be done by selling their items out of the kombi or being involved with other brands that fit a specific theme of a ‘launch’ party.”
Not everyone wakes up with a Glam Squad, indeed they don’t – but if the aim is for every woman/man to have a bit of magic when it comes to their wardrobe then Ty’s I’m Styling consulting around-the-clock in fashion care is the answer for that moment, occasion and/or event. Get Styling today!
Alumnus: Jemma van Breda Year: 2016 School: Crawford La Lucia
YOUR WORLD IS YOUR STAGE
Old Crawfordian, dancer, choreographer and business lady, Jemma van Breda, is giving local dancers and other artists the chance to engage, share ideas and develop their craft with their global counterparts.
Jemma had been awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles in the North Hollywood arts district and had danced with every one of her greatest role models and trained every day for four months with the on-tour dancers who traveled with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears and Chris Brown.
But then she realised she was missing dancing in South Africa which has such an extensive range of raw talent, passion, and diversity. Instead of starting out on her US dream career, she decided to return home to South Africa to start an organisation called “UNITY”.
UNITY is an organisation that strives to become a one-of-a-kind platform for the art forms of dance, music, acting, film, fitness, yoga, performing arts and all things creative operating nationally and internationally.
Workshops and classes will be held with local and international teachers, mentors and members of “UNITY” will automatically qualify for the chance to win bursaries and scholarships to prestigious global institutions as part of the developmental, talent exchange platform.
The key to the international connection will be the creation of local videos, which people will be able to be view globally, thus saving local dancers and other artists the time and expense of traveling overseas to showcase their talents.
Jemma has big plans as she continues to grow in her craft and her business. She believes in working as hard as you can in every aspect of life. That includes not giving up, that includes technique and performance, that includes sportsmanship and setting goals and that includes getting yourself where you want to be. Your input most certainly determines your output, therefore try to give everything 110% and remember that passion will be your greatest friend in doing so. (HINT: if you have passion – it won’t feel like work!). #WomensMonth #CrawfordPride #OldCrawfordian
AMAZING ARTIST: FROM CONTEMPORARY CANVASSES TO MESMERISING BAKING
After a brief stint working in advertising, Pretoria-born artist and Old Crawfordian Alice Toich pursued a postgraduate diploma in painting at Michaelis and she never looked back.
Alice Toich comments on contemporary social phenomena through the use of contemporary realism in painting and drawing. She applies classic rendering techniques to interrogate the nuances of social relations. Her particular exploration of the human condition investigates the human ego, mortality, memory and how online media practice exacerbates narcissism and hyper-consumerist tendencies while negating spaces for contemplating the passing of time and the eventuality of death. As such, her subjects are represented in correlation to traditional portraiture and society paintings. Influences on her work include the tensions inherent in the social and political landscapes of South Africa, being female and her history in Advertising.
Alice holds a BA degree in media and a post-graduate diploma in painting from the Michaelis School of Fine Art. In 2013 she was accepted to attend an intensive summer workshop at Studio Escalier in Argenton, France, under the tuition of Michelle Tully and Timothy Stotz, where she began to dabble in the techniques of academic painting. During her post-graduate studies at Michaelis she was awarded a scholarship to attend a summer intensive programme of study at the Grand Central Academy of Fine Art in New York City in 2014, which she attended. In 2015, she spent two months at Mau Mau Works: an artist residency program in Istanbul where she exhibited with two other visual artist from Norway and Iran. Later in that year she cocurated a group show titled ‘Death Speaks’ with fellow artists Dale Washansky and Suzanne Duncan which investigated the disappearance of spaces used for contemplating human mortality in contemporary society. In 2016, Alice was chosen to exhibit in the Regional Finals Group show for Barclays L’Atelier.
Later that year, Alice enters the Great South African Bake off. The word 'baker' seems too plain for Alice though, who applies her whimsical imagination, her love for lush, overflowing beauty and her art as a painter, all into a single cake. Alice embarked on a cake filled mission that has given new energy to the baking industry as we know it. Her touch is instantly recognisable, creating cakes that might make you giggle, drool or stare at in awe.
“There are certainly connections between baking and art making for me. Aesthetically, I am drawn to the ornate opulence of the Rococo and Baroque era when mantle pieces and fireplaces looked like elaborate gilded chocolate cakes and the walls resembled fondant-covered fancies. In that way, I have a penchant for the visually generous or eccentric and also for a sort of kitsch quirkiness”.
Fast-forward to the present where Alice continuously raise the bar when it comes to both painting and baking. Alice is an amazing artist with endless creativity that will leave us in awe for many years to come. Watch this space! #WomensMonth #CrawfordPride #OldCrawfordian