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Keith Henning + Jody Paulsen: A match made in fashion heaven

Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen – collectively known as AKJP, have been on the lips of many South Africans of late. Known for their bold colour selection and graphic prints, the two designers collaborate on fashion label AKJP to bring the fashion-savvy South African a brand that offers unisex clothing and accessories with an emphasis on comfort and quality.

Keith Henning, an Industrial and Furniture graduate, founded the label in 2012 and named it after his grandfather. In the same year, Keith debuted at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, and following his success, decided to open the first Adriaan Kuiters retail outlet on Kloof Street – one of Cape Town’s fashion hubs.

Soon after Jody Paulsen jumped on board, and the two artists have since showcased their artistic ability at a number of high-end fashion runways – the latest being South African Menswear Week.

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We found out more from Keith and Jody about their lives in the fashion industry.

WW: How did you come to work together?

Jody: Keith and I decided to work together after the success of our first collaboration. We did not really think about it too much, we just continued working together because it felt right.

Keith: When we met, Jody was like my muse. He is super fun and exciting. His obsession with fashion keeps me alive and inspired. I love working with him.

WW: How would you describe your style?

Keith: Black, white and minimal.
Jody: I usually wear jeans, track pants or baggy shorts with sneakers and a jumper or T-shirt. Something I can move around in in my studio. I like anything that feels like pyjamas.

WW: You recently showed your AW16 collection on the SA Menswear Week runway. How was the experience?

Jody: It was a bit tricky doing all the womenswear in a week but it all worked out in the end. The team at SAMW did their best and I’m sure that the event will evolve over time.

WW: How did you go about choosing the materials you worked with?

Keith: We always like to use good quality fabric as it produces the best outcome and longevity. We love silk! On this collection, we created our own fabrics like the jacquard and the appliqué garments. The textiles were designed through collages we handmade in studio. We translated our collages into a digital format to produce printed fabrics and jacquard woven at a local fabric mill. The appliquéd pieces where cut and hand-stitched in the studio.

WW: Why use Georgina Gratrix’s art as a reference in your work?

Jody: I think that Georgina has a very iconic look about her and I have always loved her work. Referencing her work was not a very calculated decision – it just happened because I have been exposed to her work throughout our friendship. Georgina has a captivating and effortlessly original spirit. She embodies the mood I was to create with this
collection.

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Read more about Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen in our Notables feature.

The Who’s Who of tomorrow demonstrate that success starts today

You don’t need to wait for the day you land your first job to start working your way to the top. You also don’t need to be a genius to be successful. By setting goals for yourself and working hard to achieve them, you too can achieve success – just as these 11 South African students have demonstrated.

They form part of 1 700 students from around the world were awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. These South African students chose to tackle issues of energy and food security currently faced in South Africa.

Meet the Who’s Whos of tomorrow, and their innovations:

An innovative alerting mechanism for mobility-assistive devices

Nishka-Ramkhelawan-from-Ladysmith-High-SchoolNishka Ramkhelawan, 16, from Ladysmith High School designed and built a portable and user-friendly alarm targeted at the elderly and physically disabled individuals. When a user falls or is in distress, the device sounds a siren, alerting the individual’s caretaker or people around him/her.

An easy way to measure a Sidereal day

Iselle-Van-Den-Heever-from-Jim-Fousche-High-SchoolIselle Van Den Heever, 16, from Jim Fousché High School developed an apparatus that measures the time it takes for a star to reach the same position in the sky from one night to the next – also known as a sidereal day.

Utilising organic chemical dyes to produce dye-sensitised solar cells

Tyrique-Byroo-from-Star-College-Boys-HighTyrique Byroo, 15, from Star College Boys High discovered that a dye-sensitised solar cell that uses blackberry dye generates the highest millivolt of current. He also found that this solar cell can be manufactured for less than half the cost of a standard solar panel.

Generating electricity from mud

Siyabonga-Nkosi-from-Kiriyatswane-High-SchoolUsing loamy mud, 18 year old Siyabonga Nkosi from Kiriyatswane High School, built a basic fuel cell. He found that microbes contained in the mud consume organic matter which produces electrodes. These electrodes can be collected through copper and zinc terminals. This solution will be highly effective in rural areas where loamy soil is in abundance.

Investigation of Platinum substitutes as an effective catalyst for Hydrogen fuel cells

Roland-Dubb-from-Herzlia-High-SchoolIn an aim to make fuel cells cheaper, Roland Dubb, 16, from Herzlia High School compared costly platinum to copper and palladium as catalysts. He discovered that by using palladium as an anode together with platinum as a cathode, a similar output voltage can be produced at a lower cost.

A portable sun tracking solar power kit

Fritz-Keyzer-and-Josiah-Senior-from-Pinelands-Boys-High-SchoolPinelands High School’s Fritz Keyzer and Josiah Senior, both 17, developed a portable power source to be used in developing communities, the military and for camping.

By following the sun, the power source collects energy through solar panels. This improves their efficiency by 45% compared to immobile solar panels.

Generating electricity with magnetised bacteria

Bernard-Smit-from-Hoerskool-WaterkloofBernard Smit, 18, from Hoerskool Waterkloof developed a method that generates eco-friendly and sustainable energy with Magnetotactic bacteria. By making use of Faraday’s Law of electromagnetic induction, the magnetised bacteria are moved through an induction tube to generate electricity.

Optimising energy consumption from your tablet

Armand-Duvenage-from-Hoerskool-GarsfonteinArmand Duvenage, 17, from Hoerskool Garsfontein, created a mobile energy management system that allows the monitoring of energy usage in a home or small business. This system is able to monitor the voltage, frequency and current consumption of each circuit that is linked to it.

Using worm tea as a substitute for artificial fertilisers

Avuyile-Mbangatha-from-Stirling-High-SchoolAs a way to increase food security and reduce poverty, Avuyile Mbangatha, 17, from Stirling High School applied worm tea to crops in developing communities.

Made from worm castings, the worm tea triggers the growth of plants, while also providing an environmentally-friendly alternative to artificial fertilisers.

High protein Fynbos nuts – a New Superfood

Anna-Midgley-from-Herschel-Girls-High-SchoolAnna Midgley, 16, from Herschel Girl’s high school has identified  the environmentally-friendly fynbos plants as an alternative to the typical starchy diets present in rural areas. These plants are high in protein and have the potential to be a crop that will grow in low-nutrient soil and at a cheaper cost.

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Are you a Notable?

We all have our own idea of what’s Notable. At Who’s Who SA, Notables are individuals who go beyond their call of duty to seek new opportunities to improve themselves and those around them.

From teachers to creatives, entrepreneurs and sportsmen, we’ve awarded recognition to some of the country’s greatest inspirational key personalities. So today we take a look back at what some of the Notables had to say when asked: What’s Notable to you?

Notable is someone or something to be reckoned with. Someone who’s work is undeniable, filled with passion that’s recognisable from a mile away. A person who has engraved their position in the world, and is not invisible.
Spoken Priestess, UJFM 16BarsReloaded radio host

Anyone who follows their dreams despite what anyone else thinks, is willing to make mistakes and learn, does not give up in the face of failure and is willing to take the steps necessary today, to do better than they did yesterday.
Calvin Terblanche, Co-founder of Trender

To remain humble at the height of fame
to remain hopeful in the darkness of despair
to find peace when surrounded by chaos
to find happiness when knee-deep in sadness
to be selfless when you’re allowed to be selfish
to be youthful when you know that death is within reach… To me, that is notable.
Muhammad Ismail, Author of “To find a bride”

To me being a notable person is any person willing to give up their time and energy towards making another’s life better. And you don’t need to be a social worker or humanitarian to do so. Every person can make a small difference in the lives around them. What’s noticeable to me, is someone willing to try.
Jessica Dewhurst, Edmund Rice Network Southern African Social Justice & Advocacy Desk Coordinator

Someone who positively changes people’s lives by dedicating their life to the betterment of the whole world, not just themselves as individuals.
Floyd Shivambu, EFF Chief Whip and Commissar in Policy

Do you have something wise to share too? If you know you’re worthy to be noticed too, send us your completed Who’s Who profile at info@whoswho.co.za and we’ll be in contact.