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Given Gugulethu Nkuna

Given Gugulethu Nkuna

YCE Finalist

Given is the managing director of Le2 designs, a company that specialises in felt making, and participated in a number of exhibitions such as Decorex and Design indaba.

Le2 designs’ products are both unusual and very innovative, and are sold in several shops in South Africa.

Given has always been interested in product design that requires minimal resources. After completing a learnership with the Craft Council South Africa, Given first started making jewellery and purses from recycled materials before discovering felt making and setting up Le2 designs in 2005. In the same year, Given won the Business Place’s best entrepreneur award.

Besides Le2 designs, Given also works for the Artist Proof Studio as a facilitator for their outreach programmes, which includes the project called ‘paper prayers’.

Given was one of the finalists of the YCE Desgin Award 2009