PMB teen turns ordinary cardboard into remarkable artworks

2016-06-22 12:00
Qiniso Gwamada holding the cardboard model of the Pietermaritzburg City Hall he recently built.

Qiniso Gwamada holding the cardboard model of the Pietermaritzburg City Hall he recently built. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Cardboard is so often thrown away or recycled, but for Qiniso Gwamada (19) it is a valuable material he uses to create remarkable artworks.

If you give him cardboard, he says, he can turn it into anything you can think of.

Gwamada has skillfully built cardboard models of iconic buildings like the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Paris’s Eiffel Tower and even his old school Copseville Secondary.

He has already built over 25 “amazing” objects at home.

Gwamanda said his talent came to light last year when he built a cardboard house for Grade 9 pupils as a school project. “It was not impressive but from that day, I wanted to polish my skills. I would not have thought I had such a talent. Now I can craft anything I want from cardboard.”

After failing matric last year, Gwamada told himself he would keep himself busy with what he is good at.

“I taught myself the basics. I am happy that it’s all going in the right direction,” Gwamada said with a smile.

He added that although he had failed matric, art is his calling. “Now I’m just looking for a platform to put my work into the market and for the opportunity to teach other aspiring young crafters.

“It is very important to have family support as a young person, especially when you have just failed matric and decide to take a different route.

“They [his family] encouraged me to return to school to repeat my matric. But I had this dream in mind. They supported me and sometimes offered financial back-up to buy the powder paint that I use to paint the things I build,” he said.

Gwamada said he would also appreciate any help to hone his crafting skills through an institution.


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