Attention, all you doodlers! You just might have oodles of talent! If not…at least this has been true for people such as Gregg Maragelis, an art and design facilitator at the Cape Town College of Fashion Design: “I love drawing. Full stop. Especially doodling.”
He’s always enjoyed the regular working hours, extended hours for research and marking that comes with the job - all in all, what he describes as “great conditions.” But make no mistake; his job is one of earnest endeavour as it requires a lot of focus. “The perception of work being glamorous is a fallacy,” he says.
Having been in the beauty and fashion industry for about 22 years,
Gregg’s seen many South African manufacturers close down due to merchandise being imported.
“However, recently there’s been a growing interest in South African design, and design opportunities are fantastic,” he says. “Many companies employ freelance designers or illustrators.”
With his Fine Art degree and diploma in Fashion Design, which he earned from the Cape Tech (now known as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) and the University of Cape Town respectively, this 43-year-old regards himself as an artist. “I paint in my spare time and at my core I’m first an artist.” And, he says, the glamour of a job is the social aspect or events you’re able to attend.
As an art and design facilitator he teaches others the skills required to become a fashion illustrator – drawing clothing (fashion) designs on paper. Having been a fashion illustrator himself, he remembers his first illustration being a range for a couturier –