Hello Hi Creatives! Today we have an inspiring chat with Dillion Phiri. He tells us all about his different creative endeavors as well as his pride and joy, Creative Nestlings. Enjoy!
For those who don’t know, Who is Dillion and what do you do?
Dillion is a 24 year old creative menace, obsessed with all things creative. Born and bred in Zimbabwe, later moved to South Africa to study, work and live. I am now a father to my son Wandile “Dillion jnr” Kazuo & married to Nokulunga Mateta-Phiri.
I am the founding partner of Creative Nestlings, I develop websites part-time & design here and there. I am a budding fashion designer, currently experimenting on menswear under my brand “The Brothers Slimm”, I also am a part-time “creative director” with my mother’s (Primrose Vundla) womenswear brand KHETKHUM. I am attempting to be a mobile photographer http://dillionsphiri.vsco.co/
Congrats on the redesign of Creative Nestlings, why the change?
The change came about because of our new status, we think we have finally found ourselves, so we decided to build a website that reflected on this new found direction. Our previous 2 websites have been very “bloggy” full of other people’s work and info, rather we would now like to balance our work and other peoples work.
What inspired you to come up Creative Nestlings?
Firstly boredom, a lot of my friends were trying to break into the creative industry and didn’t know how to do that so I am a naturally chaotic and curious young man, so I decided to help them and do the research and realised a gap was needed, young people helping other young people by creating platforms and having regular dialogues.
You regularly have creative talks, tell us more?
The talks came about because of our love of talking to people and chatting about all things creative, “Conversations On Creativity” started off as online interviews with creatives globally. I loved attending talks and events like PechaKucha, Tedx, Design indaba, Creative Mornings etc. but then we realised that there were no talks for young people that had the same standards of quality presentation. Thus the birth of “Conversations On Creativity” Event Series, to date we have had 5 normal events and 2 themed events. These events are an opportunity for young creatives to stand up talk and chat to each other, share experiences, ask questions and think more collaboratively.
Now that you are in the digital game, do you see it being something that could be a full time job?
Don’t get me wrong I love digital, I am 24/7 online but I don’t want my job to be that only. Creative Nestlings is a fulltime job now, thanks to the Cape Town Partnership project. I still love physical products, l love to touch and feel things, I love to chat to people face to face. So balancing online and offline is my job now.
Lots of people have tried to start blogs and failed, why do you think this is so?
Well it’s a hard question and a hard game. Starting a blog is easy, I have started many but never committed to most of them. All my blogs are down right now. For me blogging is about sharing journeys, stories and thoughts so if you now being original and honest it’s hard. It’s about a philosophy & keeping at it.
Also great bloggers like Marcus Troy, Street Etiquette, African Digital Art, Individualism, 99u &http://www.missmoss.co.za/etc are done by dedicated individuals and you can see when you land on these blogs.
What lies in the future for Creative Nestlings and Dillion?
Well for Creative Nestlings we are pushing our events to other cities.Likenow we are looking to host a “Conversations On Creativity” in September in Johannesburg, we are looking to launch our publication in a few months, we are strengthening our relationship with Cape Town Partnership. We are also working on growing our community projects with kids.
For me as Dillion personally, the future is to do a The Brothers Slimm collection, go back to writing films, make a few films and travel more, grow Creative Nestlings, watch my son grow and hopefully his first words are “Daddy”.