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Published on May 20th, 2014 | by zimlink


Check Out :Interview With African Fashion Illustrator Tanaka Samkange

We had an amazing interview with Fashion Illustrator Tanaka Leroy Samkange from Zimbabwe.

Interview With Fashion IllustratorZimlink:How did it start?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange:I was always into art then one day I discovered that art and fashion work hand in hand…..& I was also  tired walking shop in, shop out not finding something I liked  or something that reflects who I am….so I said to myself just design your own clothes.


Zimlink: How do your art pieces come together?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange:My creative process is rather   slow & long, it depends with the timeline given to an illustration sometimes I start an artwork and finish it after two or three days, I use a lot of creative procrastination


Zimlink: What techniques do you use for your illustrations

IMG_7449Tanaka Leroy Samukange: I normally sketch and color my illustrations using photoshop, sometimes I  use the traditional method, pencil on paper and water.


Zimlink: What do you think of the fashion scene in Zimbabwe?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange:I think the fashion scene in Zimbabwe is still young and growing, I think it’s an advantage to us Zimbabweans’ because we can mould` it, shape it into what we want


Zimlink: What’s your aesthetic?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange Streetwear mainly apparel, street fashion is not specific to one type of dressing, but instead covers a lot of different styles.


Zimlink: Who inspires you?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange I can’t say I have any favorite designers as such but a long list of designers & illustrators that inspire me and help me better and develop my art

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Zimlink: Where do you wanna see yourself in 5 years?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange I want to establish 7:30 as the leader of street-wear in Zimbabwe and eventually in the world. I also see myself as one of the best youngest fashion designer  of the generation


Zimlink: How long have you been doing art?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange: Uhm well, I have been doing art for as long as I remember, I live and breathe art.

Zimlink: So what else do you get up to besides fashion illustration?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange Well, besides fashion illustration a nd art I also manage a HipHOp group, called Ambition meets Vision (AMVIS), who are also brand ambassadors for my brand, 7:30


Zimlink: What advice would you give to aspiring designers?

Tanaka Leroy Samukange If you going to eat a frog eat a fat one,” what that simply means is if you going to do something you should do it to the fullest, so make your next move your best move!!

About the Author

The Zimlink team is made of of people from all over Zimbabwe and the UK, professional non – professional alike. Zimlinks main objective is opening a dialogue between Zimbabwe and the rest world through media. We will provide laptops, cameras and training in an on-going project in Zimbabwe, to spread to other countries once the model in Zimbabwe is tried and proven.
We have an online magazine, online channel & website with both UK and Zimbabwean editors with teams providing an open form for dialogue.

3 Responses to Check Out :Interview With African Fashion Illustrator Tanaka Samkange

  1. I see you bro. Keep pushin, you’re almost there. #R.E.S.P.E.C.T #ProudZimbo #III

  2. Nyasha says:

    keep it up bro

  3. Shaunjchoto says:

    Great work Tanaka.. 7:30 apparel is really going far. Keep pushing the dream. One love

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